Green Day released their 14th studio album, “Father of All…,” on Feb. 7, transitioning the band’s sound from lyrically inspired to more sonically driven. Not only were the album titles outdated and irrelevant, the tracks behind them were just as bad - if not worse.
Leading with a drawn out drum solo, “Father of All…,” the album’s first track, layered high pitched vocals from singer, Billie Joe Armstrong, with heavy electric guitar, played by Mike Dirnt. Drowning out its best asset, Armstrong’s vocals, the guitar in this track was unnecessarily loud and distracting for my taste.
“Fire, Ready, Aim,” the album’s second track, incorporated similar vocals from “Father of All...,” creating a surprisingly seamless transition between songs. The opening guitar riff instantly reminded me of “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” a track off the band’s seventh album. The nostalgia factor only goes so far with this song, leaving the rest of the track feeling dated.
More lyrically driven than the tracks before it, “Oh Yeah!,” attempts to sound more serious. Although I appreciated Armstrong’s honesty in his lyrics touching on the emptiness many find in success, “Got my money and I’m feeling kinda low,” I thought the rest of the track was lackluster.
“Meet Me on the Roof” immediately became my favorite track off the album, using light piano and a catchy beat, the song’s tempo reminded me of Franz Ferdinand’s “Take Me Out.” I enjoyed the transition the band took with this track, creating a sound that felt very current and up-to-date.
Opening with a heavy bassline, “I Was A Teenage Teenager,” the album’s fifth track, relied heavily on it’s reminiscent theme of being young. The lyrics, “My life’s a mess and school is just for suckers,” feels outdated and immature, as all of the members are almost in their 50s.
The album’s sixth track, “Stab You in the Heart,” immediately has a fifties rock rhythm I appreciated, including guitar solos and catchy chord progressions.
“Sugar Youth,” the album’s seventh track, reminded me of the band’s sound off their seventh album, “American Idiot.” The repeated lyrics, “I don’t wanna be Romeo,” in the song’s chorus created a catchy feel that I really enjoyed.
The album takes a heavier turn with, “Junkies on a High,” the album’s eight track. Feeling darker than the songs before it, Armstrong sheds light on his inner battles, “Rock ‘n’ roll tragedy // I think the next one could be me // Heaven’s my rival.” Although I thought the lyrics were strong, the overly dramatic tone of the song kept me from taking it seriously.
Continuing in attempt in melancholy tone, “Take the Money and Crawl,” quickly switches its pace using strong electric guitar and drums. The song describes taking an opportunity while it is available, “This is the wild life // I’m gonna take a dive // Take the money and crawl.”
“Graffitia,” the album’s last track, sounds the most anthem like on the album, using the uplifting lyrics, “This city isn’t big enough for dreamers // We were all believers.”
Overall, this album was anything but my favorite Green Day record and frankly felt like a disappointment. Growing up with an older brother who idolized Greenday and their album, “Dookie,” “Father of All…” fell short. I’m curious to see how fans react to the band’s tour kicking off in June 2020.