Green Day - Warning:
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Older. More Mature. [B]'Warning'[/B] is the sound of a band losing its way.
Since Green Day have been away, a lot of water has passed under the bridge. Their skate-rock fanbase has been wooed away by masked men who jump around in boiler suits and the frat boy tits'n'ass punk shlock of the likes of Blink-182 . When the band were signed to San Francisco's DIY punk label Lookout! Records, concepts such as 'the difficult second album' were...
- Oct 1, 2000
Veteran punks complete their filler-filled trilogy, and stagger across the finish line looking badly in need of a lie-down
- Dec 7, 2012
They tried to make Billie-Joe go to rehab – and he went. Now for part two of the Cali pop-punks’ troubled trilogy
- Nov 9, 2012
The first part of this ambitious trilogy, ‘¡Uno!’ fails to thrill
- Sep 21, 2012
Frontman Billie Joe Armstrong has just released an Everly Brothers tribute album with Norah Jones
There are also new singles from Beady Eye, Biffy Clyro and Manic Street Preachers
Pair's 'Foreverly' is out officially on November 25
Green Day - Warning:: Wikipedia Album Entry
By 2000, Green Day had long been spurned as unhip by the fourth-generation punks they popularized, and they didn’t seem likely to replicate the MOR success of the fluke smash “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life).” Apparently, the success of that ballad freed the band from any classifications or stigmas, letting them feel like they could do anything they wanted on their fifth album, Warning. They responded by embracing their fondness for pop and making the best damn album they’d ever made. There’s a sense of fearlessness on Warning, as if the band didn’t care if the album wasn’t punk enough, or whether it produced a cross-platform hit. There are no ballads here, actually, and while there are a number of punchy, infectious rockers, the tempo is never recklessly breakneck. Instead, the focus is squarely on the songs, with the instrumentation and arrangements serving their needs. It’s easy to say that Green Day have matured with this album, since they’ve never produced a better, more tuneful set of songs, or tried so many studio tricks and clever arrangements. However, that has the wrong connotation, since “mature” would indicate that Warning is a studious, carefully assembled album that’s easier to admire than to love. That’s not the case at all. This is gleeful, unabashed fun, even when Billie Joe Armstrong is getting a little cranky in his lyrics. It’s fun to hear Green Day adopt a Beatlesque harmonica on “Hold On” or try out Kinks-ian music hall on “Misery,” while still knocking out punk-pop gems and displaying melodic ingenuity and imaginative arrangements. Warning may not be an innovative record per se, but it’s tremendously satisfying; it finds the band at a peak of songcraft and performance, doing it all without a trace of self-consciousness. It’s the first great pure pop album of the new millennium.
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