This article contains opinion.
For the final time in their career, Green Day released an album under Reprise records.
“Father of All…” was released on Friday and brings ten tracks, spanning 26 minutes, that focus on returning the band back to their punk roots of 1992. They were teasing this album since November when the single of the same name was released and the announcement of the Hella Mega Tour was revealed.
This was the first original album since the politically charged “Revolution Radio” in 2016.
These songs received little positive outlook upon release, but when put together with the full album, they become favored by the public.
So strap up rockers, we’re breaking down this album song by song.
“Father of All…”
The first song on the album received mixed feedback upon its release, and rightfully so.
It introduces the album with a different definition as to how Green Day produces music. We play witness to Billie Joe Armstrong utilizing his falsetto through a radio filter throughout and an upbeat backing track that gives listeners the feeling that they are taking the punk genre to a new level.
Tre Cool experiments with the tempo by focusing more on the downbeat and adding emphasis to that as well.
From what I’ve gathered, the negative reaction came due to the different sound this song produced. Green Day promoted that they were moving back to their sounds heard on Kerplunk (1992) and Dookie (1994) and we got the opposite.
Personally, I like the song. But I see why some might think this is a sour note to begin an album with.
“Fire, Ready, Aim”
This song comes in as the flagship song for the NHL, it’s under two minutes in length and focuses on how the community acts without thinking of repercussions.
The chorus, while it repeats the same three words, reverses their order to emphasize the point that American citizens are quick to act in the world and doesn’t give a metaphoric damn about the repercussions that come with it.
While the high intensity and meaning behind the song are something to behold, it’s the short length that turns me off from it, as it always ends just as I’m getting into it. If you can throw the length aside, this song is a heavy hit for sure.
This was the only song on the album I can say that I absolutely loathed. But for some reason, the band continues to promote the hell out of it.
The sound isn’t quite what Green Day is known for and it gives off the vibe of a novelty tune because of it’s bubble gum pop sound to it and the undertones of anti-war messages and their stance on modern-day government.
I will say, however, that I’m a big fan of their pre-2000s metal punk sound, so I am a little biased against this song. If you are a fan of strong messages, flashy music videos and a more relaxed approach to a marquee track on an album, you’ll love it.
“Meet Me on the Roof”
Now this is where my favorite songs begin.
Meet Me on the Roof is the all-natural party tune that fans hungered for since the announcement of the album.
This hit promotes leaving your all on the dance floor and living the night away. Losing your nerve and meeting on the rooftop for the ultimate Friday night bash we’ve all dreamt about at some point in our lives.
Plus, the selling point was featuring Gaten Matarazzo in the music video that also came out the night of the album. Now that’s a way to kick off your release.
“I Was a Teenage Teenager”
I know when I heard that title, I thought it was a misprint. While this was not the case, the song was an instant classic for more reasons than one.
The first reason was its relative sound to “Outlaws” from Revolution Radio. Personally, that song was a fantastic middle track that was able to lower the intensity while keeping my focus.
In this tune we are all “full of p*ss and vinegar” and we feel like we should break something. If you want a song you can just pick and listen to off the album, this would be it.
“Stab You in the Heart”
If you’re angry and want to fight, this is the song you want to listen to.
This upbeat, high intensity song combines a classic 70s punk sound with an angry mid-2000s grunge lyrical set to bring an anger-fueled mid-track that is always fun to listen to.
Kicking, screaming and hardcore imagery are what this song is all about.
While this song is also less than two minutes in length, it brings yet another upbeat tempo to introduce the bottom portion of the album.
This song reminds me of “Christian’s Inferno” from 21st Century Breakdown due to the manic guitars backing the vocals that are a healthy mix of vocal straining and mellow choral interludes. Moreover, the backing vocals of bassist Mike Dirnt complement the offbeat in a rather peculiar way.
If you want something to add to your gym playlist that is of a decent length, this would be it.
“Junkies on a High”
To be honest, I’m not too crazy about this song.
It’s not bad, but it doesn’t grab my attention like the others. This is more of a track to put on while your doing homework or some other passive activity.
“Take the Money and Crawl”
This two-minute hit starts slow and ends on a very high note, something Green Day is no stranger to when writing the second to last song on an album.
The explicatives within aren’t necessary but they add a unique touch to it.
This is a song where I ask you to give it a listen anyway since it requires personal input.
The final song on the album and it really sent us home in a fiery way.
The musical chorus featuring a keyboard, guitars and a steady percussion line mixed in with undertones of modern issues, like racial bias in the police force, combine for an aesthetic trip that will make you want to repeat the entire album again.
It’s like if it were the final score of a musical. It sends you home feeling happy, refreshed and happy.
While this wasn’t their best work, Green Day’s “Father of All…” is an album worth listening to.