Sound — 8
A thoroughly more complex guitar sound than that of post-Dookie CD's, considering Billie Joe's the only one playing it. Filled with solos inspired by BJ's love of metal, and some unexpectedly catchy bass riffs for a nineteen-year-old, the only aspect that isn't up to par at all are the drums. Al Sobrante (John Kriftmeyer) really has nothing on Tre, rarely breaking from the generic one-downbeat-on-the-snare-keep-hitting-the-high-hat rhythm.
Lyrics — 10
Considerably different from the Green Day of today, they rangs from love, to family issues, and then back to love, with some actual nods towards the possibility of a higher being - being Christian, this is an unusual side of the band that I enjoy through and through. No profanity spare the Operation Ivy cover "Knowledge" - again, a suprise.
Overall Impression — 9
Without a doubt my favorite Green Day album to date. And to think half the songs were written before they turned 15! In addition, it shows, when taken into context with Dookie, how a little garage band with a minimal fanbase can explode into mainstream, without changing their style in any way, shape or form.