Green Day: Father Of All: Album Review

The American punk-rockers say goodbye to politics and take a complete left turn on their 13th studio album.

‘Father Of All’ is quite possibly Green Day’s most unique album to date. Firstly, the album is only 26 minutes long, making it their shortest record yet. And then secondly, the album is completely all over the place with no sense of direction, but that is what makes it work so well.

In the past Green Day have released albums that have focused towards certain topics. In 2004 they released the critically acclaimed ‘American Idiot’, which was about love and betrayal. Then in 2016 they released ‘Revolution Radio’ which featured songs that were about LGBTQ rights and Donald Trump during the presidential election.

Fast-forward to 2020, and the American punk-rockers are now making songs where you can hardly recognise them. A perfect example is the track ‘Stab You In The Heart’, which features a very 60s rock ‘n’ roll vibe, very similar to both Elvis and The Kinks. Then on ‘Oh Yeah’, one of the lead singles from the album. Lead singer, Billie Joe Armstrong sings about how everyone in today’s modern world is a star, taking jabs towards social media and how it can allow for people to come across as very fake.

There is still a lot of attitude from Green Day on this album however. On ‘Fire Ready Aim’ Armstrong’s vocals are incredibly wild, then add in the fast-paced drums and heavy riffs and you’ve got one of the best songs on the album.

The closing track ‘Graffitia’ is sure to be one that is going to be added to their setlist in the future. With it’s roaring chorus and catchy sound, you get the feeling that it was made to be played in front of a stadium crowd.

In a way you could say that Green Day have reinvented themselves on this album. They’ve replaced heavy politics for catchy punk songs that make you just want to get up and dance. On their 13th album, Green Day have never sounded more different, but you can certainly tell that they are having plenty of fun.

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