Possibly regarded by many as a jokey geeky punk bad, Green Day show on this album that they are more than capable of some smart lyrics to go with their catchy riffs. That's not to say that the lyrics are deep poetry or anything - they're not - but they are simple, straight to the point and strangely powerful in places.
Add to this the music - which is lively, good fun and sufficiently varied to keep you listening right to the end - and you have a pretty good little album. A lot of people will have bought this for Green Day's UK hit "Basket Case" and whilst it is probably the most striking track on "Dookie", there are some other great songs on here.
Disaffected youth has some very competent spokesmen in Green Day. They don't just "whine" - they add a bit of spin, a bit of humour, a bit of subtlety and even - gasp! - add a few lines here and there that will make you THINK, and wrap it all up in some really great and memorable tunes.
Fun, and well worth a listen.