Born out of the Madden Brothers mourning for several iconic musicians, Good Charlotte’s latest release can be seen as a chance to reach out to fans and beyond about the thoughts and feelings surrounding suicidal tendencies and destructive dependencies that can lead to disastrous consequences.
Generation RX is a meticulously thought out and impressively produced ode to the broken souls of this reigning generation. The albums greatest feat is containing a heartfelt plea to struggling individuals to know they’re not alone in their hopelessness, which urges many to fight the sickness in their lives to become a survivor of those torturous times.
With an album talking frankly about such complex subject matter, it seems the Maryland Rockers have successfully created an emotionally intense, yet supportive dialogue that can make you dive into your most depressing and disturbing visionary thought process and bring you back to reality with sound knowledge that you are never alone in your pain and to seek help in any way you can.
Since Generation RX flows beautifully from track to track with no obvious miss amongst the hits that leave you in a deep state of self reflection, it’s incredibly hard to establish the most elevated tracks that can retain your attention. Saying this two important tracks that have a profoundness to its speech and instrumental that truly needs to be heard are ‘Actual Pain’ and ‘California (The Way I Say I Love You).
‘Actual Pain’ resembles a mix of inspiration including Linkin Park, Lil Peep and a slight hint of 30 Seconds To Mars circa 2009, leaving a haunting atmosphere surrounding this nearly four minute turbulent ride. Its lyrical content brings to the forth front of our consciousness an honest interpretation of self hatred and despair while echoing a distinct notion of a loss of fight and mental safety. It almost feels like a projection of the thought process surrounding another person’s reasoning for seeing no light at the end of the tunnel.
‘California (The Way I Say I Love You)’ takes a new surprising turn in its instrumental and vocal point with an anthemic like disposition, creating the perfect trajectory to becoming a song of salvation, while using the lost words we wished to say to those who decided to end it all. It talks of letting go of the people who let you fall into the abyss and to take comfort in the words of a narrator, who almost cries out to listeners as an almost final reminder to put stock into themselves and this reality.
The importance of an album such as this is beyond monumental, especially with the ever worrying climbing rates of suicide in teenagers and young adults on both sides of the Atlantic. The Madden Brothers have truly outdone themselves with a suicide and drug prevention musical masterpiece that can take you to the edge of oblivion, with the safety of a bungee cord and a warm embrace to keep you set in the reality in front of us all.
With a message of hope secured for listeners to indulge and mull over, Good Charlotte have truly found a winning formula to create their art with heart and power at its core while also paying their respects to the iconic musicians who inspired their speech to take flight. Score: 10/10 Facebook:/GoodCharlotte Twitter: @GoodCharlotte