right from the moment the punky '2000 light years away' first blasts itself out from your stereo, you know this is gonna be a helluva good album. and, quite frankly, you'd be right! this is an example of 'the' green day sound so many people know and love, it is quite similar to the approach on dookie, and Billie Joe Armstrong (vocals/guitar) Mike Dirnt (bass/vocals) and Tre Cool (drums) keep the punk pure on this record. whether you consider it good or bad, there are no 'time of your life's or 'macys day parade's here. the band were only 19 when they made Kerplunk! and it is amazing how good the music is at such a young age (they had already got one album (1039/smoothed out slappy hours) and a few EPs under their belt).
my personal favourite songs are '2000 light years away', 'one for the razorbacks', 'welcome to paradise' (which was so good they put it on dookie as well), 'private ale', 'one of my lies' and of course the eternally stupid and hilarious country and western-style 'dominated love slave'. not that the other tracks arent excellent.
the last four tracks ('sweet children', 'best thing in town', 'strangeland' and a great cover of the who's 'my generation') were added on to the album at a later date. they were originally recorded several years before and the sound quality is quite poor, but it still shows the even rawer punk than normal that green day started out with. of these, 'my generation' is undoubtedly the best, a great tribute to one of billie joes fave bands, the who.
overall a great album, a must for any green day fan (or any rock fan for that matter)