GOOD CHAR­LOTTE

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GEN­ER­A­TION RX MDDN/BMG, OUT 14 SEPTEM­BER

US pop-punks wear their hearts of dark­ness on their sleeves.

Good Char­lotte’s 20- year jour­ney has seen them morph from punk rock street rats to un­likely mem­bers of the TMZ celebrity set – gui­tarist Benji Mad­den is mar­ried to Cameron Diaz while vo­cal­ist and twin brother Joel’s other half is so­cialite Ni­cole Richie. If Gen­er­a­tion Rx is any­thing to go by, the Bev­erly Hills life­style is no bed of roses. The al­bum’s ti­tle is a nod to Amer­ica’s ad­dic­tion to pre­scrip­tion drugs, while the 21st- cen­tury pop pro­duc­tion gloss of Ac­tual Pain, for ex­am­ple, hides an in­ner tur­moil. “Alone in­side, I wish I could die,” cries Mad­den on the de­cep­tively up­beat Shad­ow­boxer, sug­gest­ing it’s more than just gilded-cage angst. De­spite it all, you can’t help but feel for him. ★★★ DAVE EVERLEY

Lis­ten To: Shad­ow­boxer | Ac­tual Pain | Bet­ter Demons

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