18 Songs, 48 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Like its punk-pop heroes, Green Day delivers the goods with such seeming ease that it feels as if they aren’t even trying. But a sweet, catchy tune like “Nice Guys Finish Last” doesn’t appear on anyone else’s album and after two decades of punk rock, Green Day manages to find a way to keep itself energized with the creative fires burning. All successful bands are threatened by an overexposure that’s out of their control. The best a band can do is diversify and try new approaches. Which Green Day does within its own punk parameters. “Hitchin’ a Ride” adds a trudge. “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)” goes acoustic with strings and became a huge hit. “King for a Day” adds horns and a quick-stepping beat. “Last Ride In” serves as a south-of-the-border surf instrumental. “Redundant” is about as close as punks like to come to a ballad. These mild diversions widen the trio’s scope, but the heart of the band can still be heard in the straightforward propulsion of “The Grouch” and “Scattered.” Green Day’s appeal is so simple, it makes one question how can it be so?

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Like its punk-pop heroes, Green Day delivers the goods with such seeming ease that it feels as if they aren’t even trying. But a sweet, catchy tune like “Nice Guys Finish Last” doesn’t appear on anyone else’s album and after two decades of punk rock, Green Day manages to find a way to keep itself energized with the creative fires burning. All successful bands are threatened by an overexposure that’s out of their control. The best a band can do is diversify and try new approaches. Which Green Day does within its own punk parameters. “Hitchin’ a Ride” adds a trudge. “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)” goes acoustic with strings and became a huge hit. “King for a Day” adds horns and a quick-stepping beat. “Last Ride In” serves as a south-of-the-border surf instrumental. “Redundant” is about as close as punks like to come to a ballad. These mild diversions widen the trio’s scope, but the heart of the band can still be heard in the straightforward propulsion of “The Grouch” and “Scattered.” Green Day’s appeal is so simple, it makes one question how can it be so?

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
30 Ratings

30 Ratings

EpicChrisDudeWhoIsAwesome ,

OK, but mediocre by Green Day standards

The album offers a lot of great tracks, but they are so short that they're rarely memorable. The best tracks are 'Hitching' a Ride,' 'The Grouch, 'Walking Alone,' and 'Good Riddance (Time of Your Life).'

The opening track 'Nice Guys Finish Last' comes off as cheesy and is stylistically generic. The closing track 'Prosthetic Head' doesn't really feel like a closing track. The album feels empty, despite having a whopping 18 tracks.

It has something to offer, but the album is certainly weaker in the larger Green Day discography

#yourappblows ,

Yeeterific

King for a day is my favorite Green Day song

fdaxt ,

Good

I like hitching a ride and good riddance but king for a day is weird

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