Green Day Need Only 26 Minutes to Boast on New Album: See Review!

Try to imagine 2004 without Green Day’s American Idiot, I dare you. That’s right, it’s not a pretty sight. Well, how about 1994 without Dookie? 1997 without Nimrod? 2009 without 21st Century Breakdown? Exactly.
After over three decades of punk hits that have simply redefined the notion of punk rock as a genre, Green Day are back at it with their newest release, Father of All… .
Following the tremendous success of their 2016 album Revolution Radio and subsequent world tour, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers have borrowed from the history of their earlier sound, releasing an album that totals just 26 minutes in length.
In all, the 10-song track list contains two songs that don’t even reach the 2-minute mark, resembling the same pattern as a couple of their earliest records, Kerplunk (1992) and Dookie (1994).
Yet, what differentiates Father of All… from the rest of their catalogue is its distinctly modern sound and transparent conceptual style, something frontman Billie Joe Armstrong reflected on during the album announcement last year.
"It's just trying to reflect what’s going on. And it’s not really writing political songs, but just writing stuff that, just the sh** that you see every day." - Billie Joe Armstrong
Not entirely uncommon, nearly all 10 tracks carry some vocal distortion and thus a kind of vocal distance from the rest of the music. However, while Armstrong’s unmistakable voice often rides at the forefront of the band’s music in the past, this album takes a new turn.
In the same regard, having followed a conceptual trend since American Idiot (2004), Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and Tre Cool veered away from that type of complication on the new album, taking a more individualized approach to every song.
Of course, with the band’s punk roots living at its core, it is the definite sound of Green Day that will cement this album at such a notable level.
Opening with the title track “Father of All…” and the NHL’s recently used “Fire, Ready, Aim,” Green Day lead listeners straight into the two hardest rock songs on the record, setting a bit of a skewed precedent for the rest of the album. Fortunately, we like surprises.
Green Day's "Father of All..."
On the other hand, tracks like the Joan Jett sampled “Oh Yeah!,” as well as “I Was a Teenage Teenager” and “Junkies on a High,” adhere to a much slower pace, leaning more in the direction of hits off of 21st Century Breakdown (2009) without as much of a narrative to compliment them. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
Green Day's "Junkies on a High"
Following up with a couple of vintage-inspired hits including “Meet Me on the Roof” and “Stab You in the Heart,” the punk rockers show a more classic side to their tough soul. Taking greatly from ‘50s rhythms, including a hard-hitting guitar solo during the latter hit, the fourth and sixth spots on the record stand out from the rest.
Green Day's "Stab You in the Heart"
Juxtaposing one another, “Sugar Youth” leaves the most room of any track for Armstrong’s voice to shine through, while “Take the Money and Crawl” crowds much of the space with an upfront lead guitar that is produced alongside nearly every vocal.
Serving as the tenth and final spot on the piece is “Graffitia,” the clear political anthem of the album. Featuring Armstrong’s own delayed background vocals and a heavily distorted lead guitar, the beat manages to create the most buoyant rhythm on the album despite its somber lyrics.
Green Day's "Graffitia"
Armstrong has seemingly used this album as more of a project than a fully conceptualized piece. At times, it's even hard to discern the music as Green Day's. However, what it may lack in chronicle substance is made up for by numerous earworms. In this case, simplicity is key.
Reflecting on the past thirty years, Green Day has managed to set an entirely new precedent for the punk and alternative space in the modern era. While so many bands find themselves struggling to keep up with an ever-changing industry, Armstrong, Dirnt and Cool miraculously manage to adapt to the times, often creating a different category altogether.
And that is the very brilliance of Green Day. Countless years of performing and thirteen full-studio albums later, and the Oakland natives still manage to stick out of the overcrowded music world. Father of All… is just another fundamental example of that.

Green Day is set to head out on the Hella Mega Tour with Fall Out Boy and Weezer this spring and summer. For more information and a full list of 2020 tour dates, visit Green Day's official website!

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Last updated: 29 Oct 2020, 17:00 Etc/UTC