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Green Day
Warning
(Reprise)


 

Catchy hooks, good melodies and consistent playing. That's what you always get with Green Day. 1995's hit "Good Riddance," from Nimrod, kind of served as a blank slate since it was a departure of sorts for this bay area band. Prior to that single, they were viewed, for some reason, as a punk band. Green Day is a pop band. Sure Billie Joe colored his hair for a while. But mainly they were playing fast pop songs. If you've ever seen Green Day in concert you know what a great live band they are. They can and will play any anything. I saw them tackle Survivor's "Eye of the Tiger," Metallica's "Master of Puppets," and even Slayer in one show. While their past may have been rooted in three chords and a cloud of dust they do have more range than that. With Warning they spread their wings a bit.

The title track is one of their catchier songs they've done in a while. This is not your old Green Day. Just know that right now. The production is slick and there are some nice nuances mixed in here and there. "Blood, Sex and Booze" is a terrific catchy tune. I just wish this was the pop music on the radio rather than he crap on there now. "Church On Sunday" sounds like what you'd expect Green Day to sound like with a Buddy Holly thing going on and some organ in the background. It's a great song. "Castaway" is an uptempo cut about going it alone. "Misery" is about as close as they come to a ballad. It could have been written decades ago with kind of a Kinks feel to it. "Deadbeat Holiday" is one of the best-written songs Billie Joe has penned. Great lyrics and a Jam-like guitar line. Beatles? I swear I thought it was a Beatles cover until he started singing "Hold On." That was weird. I'm all better now. "Jackass" is vintage Green Day. It could have been on any one of their albums. Except the sax. That's new.

Green Day is not the kind of band that are going to give a damn about market research or street credibility. It sounds like they made the album they wanted to. There will be the temptation by many to label Warning as the "mature" Green Day. In punk circles Green Day have not been "cool" since Dookie became fashionable. This album will not bring the boys from The Bay back into the spiked, pierced fold. It is, however, a terrific pop album.

--Chadbo

Track Listing:

1. Warning
2. Blood, Sex, Booze
3. Church on Sunday
4. Fashion Victim
5. Castaway
6. Misery
7. Deadbeat Holiday
8. Hold On
9. Jackass
10. Waiting Minority
11. Minority
12. Macy's Day Parade


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