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Album Review: Revolution Radio by Green Day

Green Day released their twelfth studio album Revolution Radio last week via Reprise Records. Seeing as we reviewed this year’s offerings from Blink 182 and Sum 41 it’s only fair that we gave this a bash.

Before its release there was murmurings that Green Day would be reverting to an older, punkier sound, the two lead singles ‘Bang Bang’ and ‘Revolution Radio’ hinted that this might be true. Take the album as whole and the sound is closer to Warning (2000) or at a push Nimrod (1997), certainly nowhere near their pop punk prime of Dookie (1994) and Insomniac (1995).

You’ve got to be thankful that Revolution Radio is nowhere near as bad as any of the dross the band released from 2004 onwards. Let’s forget the last 10 years of Green Day existed (we’ll give American Idiot a byball) and get reacquainted with that fun pop punk band we loved at school.

Unfortunately, it’s hard to not be disappointed. Sure there’s a slight return to a punk spike to the guitars, but this is still just mainstream pop rock. There’s absolutely nothing exciting about Revolution Radio, it couldn’t be any safer and conservative if it tried. The most impressive thing being how remarkably inoffensive and bland it is.

Green Day have become master in the wishy-washy pop rock that has mass appeal. It’s an exceptionally easy album to listen to – Billy Joe might aim for controversial lyrics but they come in contrived and dull. This is the kind of music a teenager listens to in the car with their parents and younger siblings. Family friendly and very American.

It’s hard to pick out any tracks as they’re all so bland and samey. If push came to shove you’d maybe say that closer ‘Ordinary World’ is yet another failed attempt at doing another ‘Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)’.  On the grand scheme of things, it’s slightly better than Sum 41 and better that the insipid new NOFX album

AD Rating 5.1/10

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