Green Day – ‘Father of All…’

By: Matt Morley mjmorley@plymouth.edu

Pop punk legends Green Day are back with their 13th studio album. This is the trio’s first release since 2016’s “Revolution Radio.” Green Day have proven themselves to be one of the most significant pop punk bands in the music scene over the past few decades. With records suchas “Dookie,” “Insomniac,” and “American Idiot” under their belt, the band has garnered an extremely loyal following since their studio debut in 1991. And though their more recent works haven’t been as commercially successful as some of their earlier content, their fanbase has remained loyal through thick and thin. However, this new album may prove to be the exception.

Unfortunately, this project finds Green Day attempting to emulate the sounds of modern pop music, a trap that many older groups seem to have been falling into recently. None of the band’s strengths can be found on this album, as it hosts odd production choices and elementary songwriting. The raw energy that can be heard on “Dookie” is nowhere to be found here. The intense passion and emotion of “American Idiot” is nonexistent as well. This album sounds like acompletely different band and the enjoyable qualities of earlier projects are absent here.

The album opens with “Father of All…,” which was released as a single for the record. Tre Cool’s drums give the track a great backdrop with interesting accent patterns. The guitar and bass lines are typical for a Green Day song, sounding simplistic but also raw and powerful. The instrumentals on this track are overall pretty decent. However, Billie Joe Armstrong sings with a very intense falsetto, which isn’t a very good fit for the song or the band’s sound.

Overall, the record suffers from the band’s unfortunate departure from their original sound.

Matt Morley

You can tell that at times he is trying to oversell his performance and go beyond what he is capable of, but unfortunately it doesn’t carry over to the listener very well. The song also sounds very overproduced, which is a problem that most of the tracks on this album suffer from in addition to low-energy performances and cliché songwriting techniques. For example, the song “Oh Yeah!” was clearly intended to be clapped along to, as it contains a simplistic kick-snare drumbeat with a weak vocal hook. Elements such as these are what take away from the listening experience of this album.

Overall, the record suffers from the band’s unfortunate departure from their original sound. While I strongly feel that this is the trio’s weakest project to date, I still have the utmost respect for Green Day and their music. Not only were they an essential band to the development of music in the 90s and 2000s, but they are also one of the best live performing bands to this day.And though their discography has become a bit of a mixed bag over the years, they will always have loyal fans and followers.