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More of the same, again...
on 7 July 2002
The latest Green Day regurgitation, following compilation "International Superhits" (2001), should be met with a deserving lack of enthusiasm; the songs will be long known to anyone who has followed the band over the past 7 years, while the quality of music is insufficient to greatly impress any newer fans. "Desensitized", one of the more noteworthy exhibitions of Green Day's trademark pop-punk and abbrasive vocals, originally appeared on the Japanese version of "Nimrod" (1997); "Suffocate", "Rotting" and "You Lied" likewise originate from those same recording sessions, and while the tracks are decent enough, they were ultimately deemed unworthy for a place on that swollen album and are far from the band's finest work. These songs were first available as B-sides on the "Good Riddance" single, the remainder of this compilation similarly appearing on various singles taken from "Insomniac" (1995), such as "Don't Wanna Fall In Love" from the "Geek Stink Breath" single (I think).
These tracks will be of interest to any die hard Green Day fans, but they are far from astounding material in themselves - "Sick Of Me", for example, is a song I feel Billie Joe could have written in his sleep, much of this record constituting the most formulaic and paradoxically least distinctive of his works. The songs on this CD aren't terrible by any means, but nor can I see why this was deemed worthy of release; producing records consisting of mediocre tracks which didn't make it onto old albums seems unnecessary if not counter-productive, given the lukewarm reception of Green Day's latest original work. Buy this only if you've bought all the other studio albums and still crave for more.