My attempt to be a music critic.
Okay so I maybe I am one of those tween aged Green Day fans from the American Idiot Era all grown up but I have something to say.
liked Green Day Loved Green Day since middle school (so for about 8 years) and I was incredibly obsessed. There is not a Green Day song I don’t know. Their concert was the best day of my life. But I am not unrealistic. Every band is flawed.
I rank Green Days albums the same as most people would that listen to good music: Dookie is absolutely number one followed by Insomniac. I personally put Nimrod next but my rankings in the middle differ. I do feel that 21st Century Breakdown so far was easily their worst. It is the only album I could stop listening to. I still loved it, but it is farthest away from what I love about Green Day and about music in general.
Music is a form of therapy to me just as poetry or literature is for others. It is about expressing how you feel by words and by sounds. It is an art.
This bring me to my very drawn out point. Music should be relatable. The artist should be using real feeling, real experiences. The audience can’t feel the emotion if the person writing the music never felt it. That is why Green Days last albums have not been as successful. They were more focused on what sounded good or what people would like or what would grab people’s attention.
There new single “Oh Love” took it to whole other level. I went from loving Green Day in the Dookie Era to believing in Green Day in the Nimrod Era to begrudgingly understanding them in the American Idiot Era to actually thinking they should stop creating music once I heard “Oh Love”. http://youtu.be/H_05XAPR8q8
Don’t hate me just yet. I could never give up on the band I have loved for so long (and am actually tattooed for). I hoped and hoped this song was a joke. An attempt to see how little effort they can put in and still keep a huge following in an industry based on popularity over talent. But no, it is their single, and some people actually love it. To me it sounded like it could make a good poem. Very simplistic. To be harsh and honest it sounded like a poem of a 13-year-old emo kid (did Billie Joe’s son write this?!). The music is boring, the words are repetitive and some lines even sound forced such as the line “Talk my way out of control”. The lyrics are plain and simply unoriginal and don’t even make sense. This song couldn’t have been a bigger let down for me.
I know it is difficult for a band to get back in touch with their roots. It has been 18 years since Dookie came out. They are 40 years old with kids. Punk is no longer popular. So how can they make music the way they did? The answer is they already have.
Rumor has it Billie Joe has written over 80 new songs, hence why there are 3 new albums. One of their songs I heard just hours ago, filmed at a live performance and also on the track list for ¡UNO! titled “Let Yourself Go” inspired me to write this post. It is EXACTLY what I had hoped from this new album. It is edgy, it is powerful, it is raw it is youthful it is everything I ever loved about Green Day. It helped me regain some kinda of hope for this new album. http://www.greendayauthority.com/news/3398/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=the+green+day+authority
The only thing that is still bothering me about their choices for this new album is why was “Oh Love” picked out of the 80 songs Billie Joe has written to, not only be on the album, but to be the first taste of the up and coming albums?
I am trying to to lose complete hope in the music industry but if choices like these are continuously made by artists that have inspired generations of music, what is the point?