Sound — 10
First off, I would like to ponder why this is the first review of this album. Could it be that it is near older than I? Mabye because it isn't mainstream Green Day sound. Both are a possibility, but I believe it is because NO ONE HAS IT! The sound of this album is quite different than Billie Joe's "normal sound." He gives a sound similar to the ex-lead singer of Five Iron Frenzy. Those interested in his Basket Case, Good Riddance, and Brain Stew sound will not find what they are looking for. The bass riffs are insane compared to what you will find on any of International Superhits or any post-Dookie disk. The drumming on track...well, all of them are mind pounding fast and trey looks like hes barely breaking a sweat on all of them. I mean, these riffs are things that would look like a thing of beauty to Lars(Metallica). The innovative beat in "Green Day"(track 5) are percusion harmony...The greatest thing for me to find was that track 3, entitled "I was there," moves away from the power chord sound we have all come to know as Green Day. Finally, BJ Armstrong's voice is perfect to go with his self-written, self-played riffs. Oh yeah, and there are 3 songs in which he plays metal solos...
Lyrics — 10
Well, this is a hard one. My first impression of the vocals in the album were "oh no," and "this was a waste of $16.00." I was one of those people expecting the Billie Joe we see on MTV, Fuse, and Letterman. Then I looked at it from a musical standpoint. These are great vocals, and they improve as the disk goes on. Not only do they improve, they improve again. Not to say the first 10 songs(taken from their first underground) are crappy, but the next 9 (that's right...there are 19 songs on this B1TcH) are awesome! The lyrics themselves are different than anything you will ever hear from them. For example let me hum you a few bars. Sit down for a while, And mabye if you smile, then you'll realize that we're all the same Honestly, how often do you hear them talking about smiles? Quite refreshing. The backing vocals by Dirnt are precise and crisp, but nothing special, seeing as he NEVER sings without Billie taking the lead.
Overall Impression — 10
Using variations on power chords. That still sound good distorted is a thing of art, and I am now proud to say I am a Green Day fan. Even through this they have left the simplicity and creativity we find fun. Unfortuinatly, there are some things i dont like on it. The "Knowledge" cover (originaly by Operation IVY) was less than sub-par, and "Rest" is a waste of time. I am surprised this album didn't get mainstream credit with songs such as "I Was There," "Going To Pasalaqua," "16," and best of all, "Road To Acceptance." This disk is definitely one to buy for anyone who has a need for something new (I know, it's 14 years old...don't ask, just buy). Please buy this record, review it, and give my review some backing.