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From the opening sounds of GOOD CHARLOTTE's fourth album Good Morning Revival -- which launches with an artful, innovative sound collage that slides into the irresistible "Misery"-- it's evident that the world-famous band who've sold over nine million albums has revolutionized its sound for 2007. And by the time the optimistic parting shot "March On" rolls around, it's evident that this is the vibrant, adventurous and unexpected rock album that has redefined the group.

Returning to work with producer Don Gilmore (Pearl Jam, Linkin Park, Avril Lavigne) -- who helmed Good Charlotte's eponymous 2000 breakthrough debut -- was the decisive change that reinvigorated the band. After a pair of successful albums like 2002's tremendously popular triple platinum The Young and the Hopeless and 2004's subsequent million-selling follow-up The Chronicles of Life and Death (which were realized with producer Eric Valentine), GC singer Joel Madden says its modus operandi on Good Morning Revival (Epic/Daylight) was simply to "make a record that we loved and that felt good."

In an effort to achieve that goal, Gilmore challenged Joel and his identical twin, Good Charlotte's guitarist Benji Madden, to bring their A game. And he was highly critical. "We threw out 50 or 60 songs and pretty much started over," Benji says. "Don was like, 'I want to reinvent you guys. I want people to ask themselves, 'Is that Good Charlotte?'"

"We wanted to love every track," bassist Paul Thomas explains. "Our goal this time out was to make it an awesome listen straight through. No fucking filler, man."

For the Maddens, who -- unlike their bandmates Paul, guitarist/keyboardist Billy Martin and new Good Charlotte drummer Dean Butterworth -- had become fixtures of the paparazzi-addled L.A. nightclub scene as well as prominent DJs, the opportunity to ship up to Vancouver to create new music was absolutely necessary and remarkably fruitful.

The first day in British Columbia the Maddens had the bulk of "Victim of Love," the contagious harmony-laden rock & roll song, down. "We knew we were onto something," Joel explains. And literally every day it was like we were writing a new song. After two months in Canada, isolating ourselves and getting away from everything that we were comfortable with was amazing. We came away with most of what you hear on this record."

By the time the group officially hit the studio with Gilmore, the downtime between its last tour and its official reconvening was as therapeutic as it was motivational. "The fact that we were able to stop, take a deep breath and kind of find some appreciation for all that we've accomplished has a lot to do with why this record sounds as vital and electrifying as it does," says Martin. "We used to just take every offer that came our way and we'd never get much in the way of downtime. Now that we've had that time off it feels like a new band in a lot of ways."

One of the album's highlights is its first single: the blistering, unforgettable rocker "The River," an impassioned song about sin and redemption that traverses the dark side of Los Angeles. For the song, the band brought longtime friends and fellow musicians M. Shadows and Synyster Gates (of Avenged Sevenfold) into the mix, marking the first time Good Charlotte has officially collaborated with another artist on an album. It turned out to be a natural fit for both bands.

"We've been friends with Avenged for a longtime. This wasn't planned, but it ended up working out," Joel explains. "We were sitting around listening to some new music and they liked that song so we asked them to jump on. It felt right and sounded really cool. Aside from being friends of ours, we're also fans of their music and since this is our first collaboration, we couldn't be happier that they're a part of our record."

Good Morning Revival sustains its momentum with tracks like the fuzzy, club-driven "Dancefloor Anthem" and the genre-defying, Gorillaz-like You Tube favorite "Keep Your Hands Off My Girl" (which was introduced to audiences on the band's U.S. fall 2006 tour and will be the lead single in Europe, Asia and South America). Good Charlotte has proven that it can thrive in a number of musical realms.

"Honestly, the first time I heard it, I was like, 'Are you fucking kidding me? People will never know that's a Good Charlotte song," concedes Billy. "And then Joel's like, 'Well, that's the point!' But soon enough it had me in its clutches."

"It's kind of weird," Joel says. "That song takes a lot of balls. I know some people will listen to it and probably think, 'No thank you.' It's definitely not as if we sat down and penned a piece of art. It's kind of like a sarcastic take on the whole club scene."

Elsewhere, on the hard-charging dance beat-steered rocker, "Misery" -- in which the singer observes the "tacky, plastic, shallow, empty" people that distinguish the City of Angels -- the keyboards are really pronounced. While the gorgeous "A Beautiful Place," which evokes strains of Travis, The Beach Boys and the Flaming Lips, asserts that Good Charlotte is as much of a bona fide pop band and serious chart contender as it is a techno group or a punk quintet.

"I wrote that song in Mexico," Benji says of "A Beautiful Place." "I was down there during hurricane season and I was in this beautiful beach environment. I had a night off and I was just thinking about how lucky I've been. "That's a real Dean [Butterworth] moment. It was different when we wrote it, but then Dean started playing that real pronounced drum part. The drums are part of the hook. And it changed the whole sound."

Speaking of new vibes, the ups and downs of relationships propel rock anthems like "Break Her Heart" and the opposites attract tack of "Something Else." These songs, along with the tender, melodic ballad "Where Would We Be," find Joel -- who recently ended a lengthy, highly-publicized relationship with a certain movie star -- putting his feelings out there for public scrutiny. "I'm sure people are going to say these songs are about this or that," he admits. "Love is a big part of me and I've accepted that and it's in my music. And I'm not afraid to just show it."

Such honesty coupled with success and personal growth couldn't help but inform Good Morning Revival. "This record shows a lot more of us than anything we've done in the past," Benji says. "Because it's hard to be an angry kid, all mad at the world when you've got it so good. I mean, that angst will always be there for Joel and I because of the way we grew up. Our father wasn't the best role model as people know. But I definitely have a moment every day where I go, 'Wow. What a rad life.' I look at myself as being really blessed."

To which Joel adds, "It's been a roller coaster ride for us in our own little way. We were up, then we kind of went down a bit. But now we're up again. I think our new record has really been as much about looking back as it is about moving forward. We've realized a lot, and I'm really grateful that we're still doing what we love."

Revitalized and inspired, Good Morning Revival finds Good Charlotte at its creative pinnacle.

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hi all i luv good charlotte they gave me insperation to play the guitar i luv them so much and just wanna say that ture fans like the music not the faces although they r all so cute and sweat i just wanna pik benji up and carry him home but i can't because i live in falmouth cornwall and wish means if i do good charlotte will not beable to be a band any more and i don't wanna spool gc for their adoring fans i wont chat soon g2g (got to go) bye bye bye bye bye bye bye bye bye bye bye bye bye bye bye bye bye bye bye bye bye bye bye bye bye bye bye hahahahahaha luvya benji u r so cute

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you know, StaceyAtTheDisco, just like you say that i shouldn't judge Joel, you shouldn't judge me. you dont know how big of a good charlotte fan i am. just because i like one person more than i like the whole band doesn't mean that im not a real fan. I have all the cd's and dvd's. i know that that may not seem like that means anything, but it does. I love their music i like billy and find him attractive not based on his looks, but on what i know about him. Ive loved him AFTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!i loved the band so dont assume he's the reason i listen to the band. When i say that i would like to meet billy, i mean that if i had the oppurtunity, like you did, to meet them all, iwould want to. but if i had to choose one person from the band, i would choose billy. I look up to him the most.exactly who do they make themselves out to be in their albums, through your eyes? how are the different from what YOU thought? you are lucky to have met them, and how are they "fake"? how can they lose their credibility? credibility for what? writing real songs that came straight from them? if there's something you know that the rest of us FANS dont, i think you owe it to us to tell us what you know so we see where youre coming from.

7 years 11 months ago
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omg benji is so hot and so cute.i love his hair im a big punk fan for benji i dress like him all the time luv ya benji!!!!!!!

8 years 2 months ago
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im happy for joel and hilary they are a great couple

8 years 10 months ago
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I was wondering when good charlotte will be bring out a new cd because I love their music and I am a big fan of benji madden because he is so hot and joel is okay but he got a girlfriend , will benji iam a big fan of yours .love ya benji madden

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Good Charlotte is awesome. Their music is the best! People that dont like good carlotte or have never heard of them have no idea what they are missing! And benji is soo hott!!!

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i cant believe that joel would go so low i hate hilary so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!p.s. I LUV BILLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HE'S SO HOT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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hey I like so much good charlotte and their music! People always say: they suck, they're a bunch of posers. And they even make ridiculous websites. If you dislike them so much then why did you made a stupid website!Is like, get a life!My favorite band are them because I think their personalities (from info etc) is nice and I think they are strong to carry on. Just gotta say that joel makes a good couple with Hilary Duff, even if I don't like her songs...One day I'll meet them. You'll see.heheheSara x

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why are all the articles here on benji and joel only? last time I checked, GC had four members. what about BiLly and Paul? i want to read about them too. Especailly Billy, but you already know that.P.S. I LUV BILLY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!HE'S SO HOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!I WOULD LIKE TO MEET HIM SOMEDAY!

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ok. i agree that joel and hilary duff clash big time, shes so...fake. but if joel is happy, then so be it. im not his mother, neither are you. he doesnt know you, you dont know him. you have no right to critisize their relationship.secondly, i believe that joel and benji get way too much credit, and billy, paul and CHRIS should get more attention, because obviously, joel and benji would be nowhere without these three talented lads. Although chris is out of the band because of an unfortunate sickness, i still believe that he deserves more credit because he is the nicest guy i have ever met AND he has given so much to the band during their tours. Lastly, if you claim to be a fan of the band, i believe that you shouldnt only like them because you find one member ''hot'' as you would.. i believe that is a form of "poser-ism". I agree billy is hot and talented, but so are the other members, in their own way. and i also believe that if you were a fan, you wouldnt only say "i want to meet billy", it would be more like "i want to meet the guys". And i am lucky for being able to meet them all, and it made me lose respect for them(all but chris). They are so different than they make themselves out to be on their albums. They are "fake" and whatnot, which made them lose alot of credibility on their albums. Dont get me wrong, their nice guys.. but theyre not what they make everyone think they are.although i constantly critisize the boys, i still believe that they are one of the most solid pop-rock bands of our generation. gc rocks, and so do istacey suicide

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