Green Day’s new album is ‘Revolution Radio.’ Critics are weighing in on the highly anticipated 12th studio album from the iconic punk rock band, their first in four years. You can see a roundup of reviews here.
It’s been thirty years since the band we now know of has Green Day got their start in 1986, cofounded by frontman Billie Joe Armstrong and Mike Dirnt, and currently a trio with Tré Cool who joined the band in the 1990s. It’s a band that’s endured multiple decades, rises and falls in popularity and lineup changes and, through it all nabbed five Grammy Awards and record sales worldwide of more than 75 million is back with a new album.
While the band hit a zenith in 2004 with their stunning, vivid and critically lauded ‘American Idiot’ — which later became a Broadway musical of the same title — that perfectly captured the zeitgeist of the Bush era, they’ve gone on to continued success in releasing albums that, in their own way, have been resonant.
There’s been much buzz for ‘Revolution Radio’ is the band’s first album in four years, the first since 2012’s trilogy of instrumental albums, ¡Uno! ¡Dos! ¡Tré!. It’s very title hints a another concept album, but it belies those ‘American Idiot’ expectations. it does, nonetheless, delve into the hot button political issues of the day including racial divisiveness and police brutality.
In a recent interview Billie Joe Armstrong said of it, “The world looks like an old Dead Kennedys album cover now.” He added, “I think my role is to shut up and listen.”
Now as the album arrives in full the critics are weighing in. Here’s a roundup of reviews.
“….For Green Day, the simple complaints and us-against-them certainties of youthful punk-rock, and the oppositional fury of “American Idiot,” have given way to a message that’s more equivocal and impressionistic: recurring images of guns, wars, random destruction and a crumbling world, something to muddle through with the stubborn persistence (and edge-of-feedback guitars) of a chorus like “Too scared to dream/Too dumb to die.”….” –New York Times
“….There’ll be no Broadway musicals made of this album, no think-pieces devoted to unpicking its politics or meaning, but as a simple collection of songs, it’s as strong as anything they’ve come up with since 2004’s ‘American Idiot’…..” –NME
“….With the stripped-down, self-produced Revolution Radio, Green Day come to terms with their demons, only to find a new struggle waiting on the outside. Terrorism, racial strife, class warfare, a divisive presidential election—this is just some of the tension that underpins the album’s 12 songs. But Radio also is the most intensely personal Green Day album in years; as much a celebration of life on the upside of 40 as it is a reminder of the choices, conflicts and contradictions that mark a life well-lived. ….” –Alternative Press
“…. Revolution Radio marks their first album in 15 years with no gimmick, no triple EP, no over the top elevated concept. Their signature power chord structure, which has probably inspired more teenage garage bands than anyone else since the release of American Idiot, returns as the backbone for the twelve tracks, while Armstrong’s recognizable vocals raise each chorus to head-sticking potential. ….” –Pretty Much Amazing
“….Based on its title, Green Day’s latest album, “Revolution Radio,” suggests “21st Century Breakdown” territory. But it’s actually a thrilling execution of everything Green Day has attempted over the past seven years…..” –Cleveland.com
“….There’s a frustrating disjunction between intention and execution on Green Day’s Revolution Radio. ….” –The Independent
Check back as more reviews arrive. Meanwhile, you can see Green Day’s ‘Revolution Radio; album cover art below and music videos.
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