Green Day – Revolution Radio Review 

Green Day are back. No, seriously, properly. Not Uno Dos Tres back, but properly back, with a properly (quite) good album. They’ve sorted their shit out and created something filled with the catchy, cheesy, full-throttle, all-out, spit in your gran’s face and stick a fresh lump of chuddy in your little sister’s hair energy they are best known for. And I, along with everyone else whose ever been a teenager who regularly slammed their bedroom door in their mum’s face over her not letting you dye your hair bright red with black streaks (still not over it, Caroline), love it.

I mean it. This album is genuinely a good, enjoyable listening experience, almost completely from start to finish. Opener ‘Somewhere Now’ tricks you into thinking it might be a slow-burner, then, in classic Green Day fashion, grabs you by the scruff of the neck and takes you on a riotous rollercoaster of loud guitars, thrashing drums and singalong vocals. Track six, ‘Bouncing Off The Walls’ and ‘Youngblood’ are truly a joy to listen to. Singles ‘Revolution Radio’ and ‘Bang Bang’ are both reminiscent of the Green Day of days gone by, only with a new bite to them. Green Day have somehow managed to master growing old disgracefully without becoming a tired cliché, in contrast to the likes of Blink-182, who lost any “quirky” charm they had when they threw out the fart jokes and just became A Bunch Of Dads Making Bad Music.

Obviously, it’s not perfect. It’s a Green Day album. Expecting a Green Day album with no bad songs is like expecting me to brush my teeth without dribbling all down my sleeve and still finding crusty remnants of Colgate all over my face hours later. Unrealistic. So here are the ones you might want to skip through on your second listen: ‘Ordinary World’- the token Green Day sad ballad, Revolution Radio’s ‘Wake Me Up When September Ends’, if you will and ‘Troubled Times’, which just misses the mark by being neither ballad or banger. These come towards the end of the album, thankfully, making it easier to skip through them without feeling like you’re missing out on the full experience that is A Green Day Album.

So, all in all, Revolution Radio is good. Very good, in fact. It’ll make you feel like a teenager, it’ll make you want to dance around your room a bit, it’ll make you turn up the volume on your headphones on the bus, and most of all, it’ll make you happy. Good job Green Day, on being Properly Good again.

Green Day – Revolution Radio = 8/10

Katie Hayes

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