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The student-run news site of Le Moyne College.

The Dolphin

Le Moyne Alum and MLB Star Josiah Gray Nominated for Roberto Clemente Award
Michael Scalise, Staff Writer • September 25, 2023

Here at Le Moyne, the phrase “Greatness meets Goodness” is at the very foundation by which the school stands, and it is safe to say that...

Career Advising & Development at Le Moyne
Career Advising & Development at Le Moyne
Carly Nicolai, Editor in Chief • September 18, 2023

“What do you want to do with your degree?” It’s a question many college students have heard before, whether it comes from friends and...

Growing Sunshine-Colored Flowers: Remembering Father Bosch
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Stephanie R. Duscher, Staff Writer • September 16, 2023

Many Le Moyne students have likely walked by the lovely gardens outside the Jesuit Residence–a beautiful touch of color amidst the many cloudy...

The PAC at during the Fall Arts & Engagement Festival on Aug. 31, via @vpaatlemoyne on Instagram.
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Marisa Barnard, Staff Writer • September 4, 2023

The Le Moyne VPA is preparing for a busy season of gothic delight, warm jazz, and out-of-the-box storytelling, and now is the perfect time to...

Voorhees takes part in a news writing class forum with Timothy Lee, Le Moyne Vice President of Enrollment.
David Voorhees: The Architect of Computer Science at Le Moyne
Jonathan Marks, Guest Writer • August 30, 2023

When David Voorhees was first hired in the fall of 1999 as part of the mathematics department at Le Moyne College, he was also asked to be the...

Greetings from The Madden Brothers


If  you weren’t dancing to “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” in your skinny jeans and Converse, you did not do 2002 justice. Joel and Benji Madden have come a long way since their Good Charlotte days. Their new album titled “Greetings from California” drops September 16. Although iTunes calls this alternative, the album has just a hint of everything from pop, rock, acoustic, and a little country.

Seeing as the Madden Brothers are now in their 30’s, the theme of their music has changed. Every song on this album has more meaning and more creativity. The Madden Brothers are now just that, The Madden Brothers. They have made a new name for themselves which will open up so many fantastic doors.

The album starts out with a cute little tune named “Dear Jane.” Cue a happy go lucky drum beat and a 70’s rock vibe and you are instantly drawn to this album. The muffled vocals show how their voices have improved over the many punk rock years.

Perfected harmonies plague this entire album especially on The Beatles-esque “Brixton”, the lead single “We Are Done”, and the album’s gorgeous acoustic closer “Empty Spirits.” Maybe it’s the fact that they are twins (that probably helps), but these two sound flawless together.

When I first heard their premiere single off the album, titled “We Are Done” I had no idea who was singing it, but I thought it was one of the coolest songs I had heard this summer. It seems like your everyday break up anthem but actually has a larger meaning than you think, which the video highlights very well. The lyrics say “We are/done with being a silent many/every voice rings out and carries…” The music video shows people of all ages, sizes, and colors holding up signs saying things they are done with including “bullying” and “being afraid.” After listening to the whole song it gives you a “song you would chant in a bar on a busy Friday night” kind of vibe.

The Madden Brothers also show a more romantic side on this album as seen on the song “U R” singing “You are in every lyric/you are in every chord…” A quick horn line adds a snazzy vintage touch to the song. “Love Pretenders” also focuses on the theme of love and how difficult it can be. A heavy chorus floods this song, which I think could be a very successful single.

There is no denying these California bad boys pulled influences from the West Coast as we hear lyrically on “California Rain” discussing their journey to success and the power of family on the song “Brother.”

One stand out track to me is the sweet story of a girl named Abby called “Good Gracious Abby.” The song is lined with a relaxed Congo drum and the soft vocals of the brothers as they sing about the hustle and bustle of everyday life and how boring it can get.  The song itself is a work of art, mixing so many different textures and wrapping it up in a lovely way. Maybe it’s because my name is in it, but this song could be my favorite off the album.

              The Madden Brothers will definitely still have their old fan base back but will also be gaining an entire new group of fans with the debut of this album.

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