Sound — 10
This sound is very different to the Green Day we have all come to know and love. This was the very beginnings of the sound that changed punk-rock forever. It was this album, and "Kerplunk" that set the scene for Green Day's amazing musical talent, and although the sound was somewhat left behind when Green Day did "Dookie" (1994) this album certainly displays the roots from which the original sound came from. Billie Joe's guitar work is amazing and the solo's are absolutely mindblowing. The solos on this album are like any other on any other Green Day album. They are quiet unique! Mike's bass work is also amazing in this album. It shows how well developed the sound is and he really works on Billie's guitar work. This is also the album that 'sounds' Green Day's original drummer John Kiffmeyers work. The drums are very similiar to that of Tre Cool's, and the sound hasnt changed much from this album to the next, and so forth. The only thing about this album is the sound quality isnt very good. Any Green Day fan would know this was of cause there debut album and, one of the first of many albums released by the infamous Lookout! Records, which Green Day were 'pioneered' to from the beginning. 1, 039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours was one of the first albums released by Lookout! Records, and the recording quality isnt very good. But as far as the quality of music goes, this album is 100%!
Lyrics — 10
The lyrics are mostly driven by love and teenage emotions. Billie Joe, being an adolencent at this time wrote about these sort of things to help him but to also spread the message about 'love' in general and all of the bad times, and heartbreaks that come with it. This is also the record that plays the first song Billie Joe ever wrote, at the age of 14 "Why Do You Want Him?" which was about his mother dating another guy so 'soon' after his own fathers death (Billie Joe's father died of cancer when he was 10 years old). Unlike many punk bands that just thrash their music out with lyrics, the melodies and harmonies in this song were very well thought through. They are easily listening and soothing on the ears. Probebly not as easy to listen to as the newer Green Day material but once again, this really shows where the band originally came from and if your looking for a real solid Green Day sound, then this is the album for you. Amazing stuff.
Overall Impression — 10
The album is brilliant! I don't usually carry on about albums like this one, but it has to be said. This of cause being Green Day's debut album probebly isn't the best of quality when it comes to recording (feedback, etc), but it certainly deserves recognition as much as "American Idiot," or "Nimrod" (etc) has. It's one of the best records I have ever listened to and it is a must for any punk-rock, or Green Day fan.