Good Morning Revival is the fourth studio album by Good Charlotte and the follow up to the 2004 release The Chronicles of Life and Death. It is the first album to feature Dean Butterworth on drums, who joined the band in March 2007 after former drummer Chris Wilson departed in 2005. Billy Martin has mentioned in an interview that Benji Madden came up with the name for the album. The sound of Good Morning Revival has more of an alternative rock style than the previous Good Charlotte albums. This style can be heard in the albums third single, "Dance Floor Anthem (I Don't Want to Be in Love)", which is the most successful song on the album by debuting at #2 on the Australian charts and reaching #25 on the Billboard Hot
Good Things marks a shift in methodology from personal to political for Aloe Blacc, who refers to the project as his report on present conditions the misappropriation of wealth, pillaging of resources, a universal lack of compassion, and the struggle to survive. Ethereal production from Truth & Soul's Leon Michels and Jeff Silverman mask a foreboding undercurrent in which Aloe crafts lyrics both thoughtful and thought-provoking. Nowhere is this more evident than on lead single, "I Need a Dollar" chosen by HBO as the theme music for the series How to Make It in America. Good Things is a definitive declaration that places Aloe directly in the framework of modern soul.
All the promise of his debut comes true on Aloe Blacc’s sophomore release, Good Things, a vintage sound meets modern problems release with a way too modest title. Right from the opening “I Need a Dollar” – which could be passed off as unreleased Bill Withers, no problem – the album offers grand things, providing listeners with that solid, but not polarizing, style of social commentary Withers perfected. On the following cut, positivity is pushed (“Something special happened today/I got green lights all the way”) in a manner that’s far from sugary, but this singer who offers such warmth and humility on his smooth soul tracks is well aware of sin, and can get slinky in a Al Green style when warning against loose women on “Hey Brother.”
Those marketing geniuses at Columbia only released this in Japan, THE hotbed of Tony Bennett aficionados.