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What an album!!
A sheer thrill to listen too.
In my opinion the real standout album of the band.
Being an old-timer, stuck with the band all my life,
This IS WHAT Green Day are about, pure punk, at its best
The songs, scream out the speakers at you, one HELL of a ride!!
Here are my favourite songs of the album:
86: Catchy, but repetitive...
No Pride: A song with just the right words...
Stuck With Me: Actually quite good, catchy, upbeat.
Westbound Sign: A sad tale, but nevertheless exciting!!
Stuart And The Avenue: PHENOMENAL!! PURE PUNK!! SONG ROCKS!!
Don't take my word for it, at this price, can you go wrong?
An album, slated by so many, but in the eyes of real fans, WOW!!
Green Day are a truly brilliant band and make wonderful music together. Billie Joe's guitar work is brilliant, Tre's drumming is phenomenal and Mike is a fantastic bassist (next to Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers) who put in brilliant solos on "Insomniac"
Ignore the critics and people who say "Insomniac" is the "worst album ever" because they are wrong. "Insomniac" is the best piece of hard punk rock Green Day have ever put out. You can feel Billie Joe's anxiety and lack of self confidence throughout this album. "Insomniac" is not to be missed so go and buy it now!
The first two tracks kick off at a blisteringly rapid pace, leaving the listener unaware of what to expect next. What you get is 'Stuck With Me', a slice of slower, more focussed yet unsettlingly unhinged pop. But pop with horrible, sharp, bloody teeth. The same goes for 'Geek Stink Breath' which was their single. A great choice and a finger thrust firmly in the air at those who believed Green Day had sold out with 'Dookie'. It is not single material. It is a grinding dirge with a hidden, almost unnoticeable hook that just keeps dragging you back for more. I don't think that there's a single on the whole album that would have done well in the charts, which is one of the reasons to buy it.
The little two-minute gems keep coming after that, with more vigour and aggression than you can shake a fist at. 'Babs Uvula Who?', '86', 'No Pride', 'Panic Song'. They are all variations on the same theme but inspired variations. This is the album that made Green Day truly great, not in the eyes of the world, but in the eyes of the fans. My utmost favourite is the pounding, rolling, driving tune 'Westbound Sign'. It goes at 100 miles an hour but is somehow beautiful. It reminds me of Bruce Springsteen's 'Bobby-Jean', don't ask me why, it just does.
'Insomniac' will definitely keep you up all night but you wont regret it. If you are going to buy one Green Day album, buy this one. It is, without any doubt, the best album they have made to date.