Good Char­lotte

Gen­er­a­tion RX (MDDN/BMG)

Australian HIFI - - TOP PICKS -

The hon­orary Aussies come full cir­cle on their short­est, but per­haps sweet­est al­bum yet. The cap­i­tal­ist-pop hooks that de­fined their 2016 LP, ‘Youth Author­ity’ (a half-assed come­back that re­ally needed this course-cor­rect­ing fol­low-up) are abun­dant in the struc­tures that LP7 are built on, but the quin­tet’s pop-punk roots break through at ev­ery cor­ner, cho­ruses loud and verses livid. Gui­tars are the chunki­est and most au­then­ti­cally fo­cused they’ve been since the early oughts, with Benji Mad­den prov­ing that even as the group cosy fur­ther up to the main­stream, he still has a keen ear for a solid riff. ‘True rock’ devo­tees need not bother, but for those who like a bit of sugar with their shred, Gen­er­a­tion RX de­liv­ers the goods. Sarah Comey

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