Sound — 9
Green Day used to sound pretty average, but once they released this album, I thought they sounded more amazing than before. I'ts much better compared to their old school punk sound like the Dookie album. One thing I like about the album is that I can actually hear the guy sing and I can make out the words rather than just hear the guitar. I like the fact that the sound they portray is more of a soft, normal paced strumming, instead of a generic, fast paced, stale kind of strumming. I'ts pretty good in general.
Lyrics — 7
I like how this album is actually an entire story broken up into different songs, but what I don't like is some of the individual lyrics. Some of the songs sound like they are rebelling against the government, and I'm not really a fan of that. It's like they want to send a threat to capitalistic countries. On the other hand, some of the songs sound nice, like "whatsername" and "boulevard of broken dreams" for example.
Overall Impression — 8
This album is definitely different from Green Day's other albums and it does have some more meaning into it, but the appearance and impression it gives could be a negative one. What I mean is that people may think this album (and the band) sound negative, but if you take the time to listen to the songs, they are not that bad. On a side note, I don't like how they compiled a bunch of musical fragments to make two really long, ten minute songs. It sounds like a bad idea. Overall, this album is quite alright.