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The best punk-pop in the world!,
By A Customer
This review is from: Warning (Audio CD)
Billie Jo Armstrong has always been a talented songwriter, but never before has he shown it so brazenly and with such consistency as on this fine album.
Gone is the frustrating patchiness of Nimrod and Insomniac, and the fetid two-chord thrashes that characterised too much of those last two albums. It has been replaced by a fresher sound, razor-sharp lyrics and, most of all, some terrific tunes.
On Church on Sunday, with its soaring pop hooks and energised guitars, Green Day take the same chords from Dookie's Sassafras Roots and do a far better job with them. Blood Sex and Booze deals with everything in the title in a witty way, and Castaway is brilliance on three chords. The album is one of mixed emotions - 'Today is the first day of the rest of our lives' on Church on Sunday but 'What's the consolation prize? Economy sized dreams of hope' dilutes the optimism on the sensational, balladesque closer Macy's Day Parade, which shows a welcome variety in Billie Jo's songwriting. Misery adds to this impression, with its dark swing and needle-sharp lyrics - surely being the greatest 'punk' song ever to use a farfisa?!
The album's pop pinnacles are sublime - Deadbeat Holiday, which wins the award for best chord sequence on the album, and Hold On, with its unforgettable harmonica line.
This is a thrilling ride of an album, marking an impressive return to form for the band who are still the best punk-pop band in the world, and who trample Blink 182 and their dreadful clones into the Californian dust.