24.11.2016 14:54

Green Day's Revolution Radio is going back to the roots

Autor: Zoltán Varga | Kurz: English section | Kategorie: Features and other

Four years after the release of the trilogy ¡Uno!, ¡Dos!, ¡Tré!, Green Day are returning with their self-produced album Revolution Radio. The total length of the album is 44 minutes and 29 seconds. It's their twelfth studio album. Last year they were inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It's hard to believe that they are in the business for more than 25 years and they still have something new to offer to the audiences.

The cover of the new albumThe album opener "Somewhere Now" has a classic rock sound and maybe we would expect something bigger and more energic. The real start of the album is the second song called "Bang Bang" a song full of rage that reminds us of the old Green Day from the albums Insomniac and Nimrod. The song is a critique of gun culture and social media in the USA. The album continues with "Revolution Radio" a song inspired by a Black Lives Matter protest in New York. Song "Say Goodbye" is a real sing along stadium song followed by "Outlaws" which can get a little bit boring with it's refrain. "Bouncing of the Walls" with it's catchy drums and clapping reminds us of the British punk-rock legend The Clash. "Still Breathing" is more power-pop than the other previous songs on the album. The next songs "Youngblood" and "Too Dumb to Die" which are full of energy and they are those songs where Green Day really went back to their roots and these songs definitely delight the fans of their early production.

As we slip into the last third of the album the songs are getting more serious and they are about serious issues of today's society. "Trouble Times" is about an America full of racial unrest and economic inequality. "Forever Now" is probably the most complex and ambitious track mixing several songs together in one piece and it sounds more like the Green Day from the American Idiot era. The last song of the album is called "Ordinary World" which also appears in the upcoming movie with the same name. The main character of the movie will be played personally by Billie Joe Armstrong, the singer and front man of Green Day. It is a very calm ending of the album and maybe the song does not perfectly fit in the whole concept but it could be one of the most successful songs on the whole album.

The album has no integrated storyline as it was in the case of American Idiot and 21st Century Breakdown, but it does not harm the album overall. The band wanted to go back to it's roots and they successfully did it. The older fans of the band will be delighted after the last album trilogy which was more garage rock and alternative rock. The new album is full of straight-forward punk-rock guitar riffs. This album could be their first step back to the Olymp, where they got after the notorious albums American Idiot and 21st Century Breakdown. Maybe the next album will be another "punk-rock music theatre" with a complex storyline filled with political punk. It's definitely not their best album but it's not the worst and some songs are really good.

Klíčová slova: review, music, Green Day


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