Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Green Day - Warning

Artist: Green Day
Album: Warning
 Year: 2000
Length: 41 minutes, 8 seconds
Genre: Punk/pop/alternative rock
Why I picked it up: Finally listening to some of their other albums
Favourite tracks: Hold On, Castaway, Minority
Random lyric: [See below. All the music videos had embedding disabled =.=]
Purchases: Amazon | iTunes | Check your local music store!

When people ask what my favourite bands are, or what music I like to listen, Green Day never comes to mind. I'm not really sure why - I've seen them in concert and absolutely loved the show, just thinking about it every now and then cheers me up. I like them very much, but I've never thought of them as a favourite. It might be because, before this past week, I had only listened to two of their albums: American Idiot (a gift from my parents when I was in grade six...I remember being stumped as to why they would think I would like it, but it definitely grew on me) and 21st Century Breakdown (I listened to that album once, then promised myself I would go see them when they started touring). I don't think I could call them a favourite because I only knew and loved their two latest albums in a long line of changing sound. It's not that I don't/didn't like their earlier work, it's just that I never got around to listening to it. So. This summer I decided that was something I would get started on. I picked Warning to listen to first just because I really like this song:

 The sound of this album is fairly different from the developed and full, rocking sound of American Idiot, the first Green Day album I came to know and love. (I’m going to compare the sound of Warning to American Idiot and 21st Century Breakdown because that’s how my mind works.) Warning feels lighter, more toned down, a collection of good rock songs without any grander meaning. It’s an album I can just turn on and sing along to, whereas with Green Day’s latest two albums, I feel like I should give them my full attention and always listen to the albums in their entirety (which is not a negative: I love taking in the scope and ambition of the two albums). Warning’s tracks are catchy, often upbeat and always make me want to sing along. I don’t think there’s anything too specific I can say about the music: It’s nothing fancy, guitar, bass and drums with the occasional harmonica? Accordion? (I don’t know instruments...) combined with Billie Joe’s voice to make a very catchy and ear-pleasing album. (Side note: The two voices I am madly in love with and will listen to no matter what music they are paired with: Dave Gahan and Billie Joe.)

I don’t have much more to say about this album. It further confirmed my adoration of Green Day and provided me with some very decent music to rock out to, which is all I was looking for.

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