Sound — 10
The album that defined punk as it is today, this album is the most original thing to happen to '90s punk, and was the turning point in Green Day's career. The sound is perfect, the whole album is different to anything else, the guitar not overpowering, but well balanced, and with such talented musicians as Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt, and Tre Cool, you may even be tempted to mosh along to classics like Basket Case, Welcome To Paradise and Longview.
Lyrics — 10
The lyrics are unlike anything that came before. Instead of most punk bands, like Blink 182 and The Offspring, singing about things unhelpful, irrelevant, and often rather disgusting, Green Day sing about real life issues, real things and real people.
Overall Impression — 10
If you like defining albums like Ace Of Spades by Motorhead, or The Ramones self-titled debut, this is the album for you. It far out classes anything that came before, and indeed everything after, bar American Idiot. I am only annoyed the highest possible rating is 10.