Green Day's 13th Studio Album
On February 7 of this year, the popular pop-punk band Green Day released their 13th studio album, Father Of All. As an avid Green Day fan who has listened to and enjoyed all of their releases (even the fan-hated “Trilogy” in 2012), I was very excited about this record. Unfortunately, this record failed to meet expectations and is easily, in my opinion, their worst album.
Green Day is no stranger to changing sounds. They started as a punk rock band in the late 80s, but as the 90s wore on, they fell into a genre called pop-punk with fellow bands like Blink-182 and The Offspring. This genre took the speed and sloppiness of punk and meshed it with catchy hooks and adolescent lyrical themes. When the 2000s rolled around, Green Day shifted their sound in a slower and theatrical direction, making two concept albums (albums that tell a linear story) in the decade. All of these sound shifts have worked, however, the change seen on Father Of All is not welcome.
At just over 26 minutes and 10 songs, Father Of All is Green Day’s shortest record to date. The title-track, which was the lead single, kicks the album off on a good note. But the good notes on this album are few and far between. “Stab You In The Heart” hearkens back to an old rock ‘n’ roll sound with bluesy riffs and crooning vocals. “Sugar Youth” and “Graffitia” bring the same energy and gusto that we come to expect from Green Day. The rest of the album, unfortunately, feels bored and uninterested. “Fire, Ready, Aim” sounds like something you would hear on an Apple commercial and “I Was A Teenage Teenager” sounds like a Weezer song that failed to make the cut.
For being as short as it is, Father Of All needed to hit on all cylinders and it fell flat on its face. I look forward to seeing how Green Day bounces back from this shoddy effort.