GREEN DAY’S REVOLUTION RADIO // ALBUM REVIEW

As 2016 comes to an end, after a four year hiatus Green Day has released Revolution Radio. The last time we heard from the pop punk icons was with the underwhelming Uno, Dos, Tré trilogy. With the new album comes some questions: Does Green Day have another hit in the bag? Can this album compare to the new pop punk of 2016? Can they bounce back from the massive L called the Uno, Dos, Tré Trilogy? I’ve decided to dissect the album and review each song one by one.

Here we go.

Somewhere Now: When it comes to most albums the first song is the intro to the album. Somewhere Now is the intro to the intro of the of the song. This first song is a coming to age tale about a burnt out Rockstar, who’s tired of partying and the spotlight; and he wants to be like everyone else.

Bang Bang: I really appreciate how this song contrasts from the previous one. Somewhere Now is about how the limelight can become overwhelming, almost like a “been there, done that” kind of situation. On the other hand, Bang Bang is about the lust of attention, and not wanting to put in the work.

Revolution Radio: This is the title song of the album, and my lease favorite song on the album. This is another call to action song, with a shot of millennial angst. It goes through one ear and out the other. It’s a perfect radio song.

Say Goodbye: To be honest, this song is on the catchier side of things. But lyrically, my momma always said, “If you ain’t got nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” And I’m going to keep it at that.

Outlaw: This song may be one of the most angsty/generic songs ever, lyrically, but it is also very ear friendly. Everything from the baseline intro to Billie Joe’s vocals. I guess you could say it’s almost tasty.

Bouncing Off the Wall: By this point in the album, I’m not expecting an album that sounds like Dookie or Insomniac. And I mean that in the best way possible. I’ve always admired how every album after 21st Century Breakdown is completely different in their own way. And bouncing off the wall is a good example of that. From start to finish this is a decent song.

Still Breathing: Like every other Green Day song, it’s super relatable, “As I walked out on the ledge. Are you scared to death to live? I’ve been running all my life. Just to find a home that’s for the restless, and the truth that’s in the message. Making my way, away, away.” Ouch Right in my feels.

Young Blood: With albums, especially a Green Day album, you’re going to have a cute song in the middle of the album. This is that song. But Green Day add’s its shot of teenage angst, of course.

Too Dumb to Die: Another radio friendly song, nothing new.

Troubled Times: Green Day has three types of songs: the radio song, the Love song, and the call to action song. This is the call to action song. Not that that’s a bad thing, it’s just nothing new.

Forever Now: Ever since American Idiot, Green Day has had at least one big ass/long song in all of their albums. Forever Now is their long, drawn out song and it does not disappoint. Each individual part is great on their own. Each part is so well written that they could be their own song.

Ordinary World: The grand finale, Ordinary World is a great way to end this album. They leave you with unanswered questions, “Where can I find the city of shining light in an ordinary world? How can I leave a buried treasure behind in an ordinary world?” And then they those answered questions, “Baby, I don’t have much. But what we have is more than enough, ordinary world.”

Overall, this album is alright. It’s not Green Day’s worst album, but it’s definitely not their best, and it’s as good as any other pop punk album. In my opinion, it’s just another album. We need to stop comparing their new albums to their original albums because their past success definitely outweighs their newest work. I do agree that this album is great improvement from their last, and I would suggest giving it a listen. Overall I give this a 7.9/10.

 

Written by: Steven Garcia

Disclaimer: This is a personal conclusion and all opinions are my own.

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