Dookie Album Review (Green Day Retrospective)

So, to start our retrospective we have to start at what gave them their popularity, Dookie. Please remember that this is based on opinions. Don’t be sending hate if my opinion is not yours. So, without further ado, here is Dookie.

Dookie is Green Day’s debut studio album and their best selling album to date. It stuck with the more punk sound of their two previous albums and is an absolutely amazing sounding album. Vinyl, CD, or on my iPod, I just love listening to it. In my retrospective series, we will go track by track with a little review of each song; then a quick review of the album itself; and then end it off with an overall score. So, on to the review

Burnout

This song just blasts you in the face with sound. It doesn’t waste time to kick you in the face with drum and vocals. It’s a fast paced song and gets you pumped up for the rest of the album. A great song to start off the album. The lyrics repeat, which is kind of crappy, but the sound of the song is just great.

Having a Blast

A bit more of a slow song, but the vocals are a lot better than the first song and the song feels a bit more well constructed than Burnout. The beat is really nice and it’s just an overall amazing song to listen to. One of my personal favorites on the album.

Chump

To be honest, I have not listened to this one very much. Whenever I listened to Dookie I would always skip this one, I don’t really know why. So, this is basically a review based on listening to it once. Well…it’s okay. Honestly, it sounds a lot like Having a Blast to me and not original so I’m gonna say it’s not really worth a listen. The little bass thing towards the middle is pretty cool though.

Longview

One of the most famous songs by Green Day. Anyone who hears that guitar riff in the beginning gets chills down their spine. Anyone who knows Dookie will know the lyrics to this song by heart. This song is just an absolute staple in the “Greeniverse”. If you’re going to listen to Green Day, listen to this song.

Welcome to Paradise

Another staple song in the “Greeniverse”. If you’re a Green Day fan and don’t know the lyrics to this song then go home, you’re drunk. The bass work done in this song is absolutely spectacular and Tre did wonderful on drums, as always. This song will put you in “paradise”.

Pulling Teeth

Another song I didn’t listen to a lot. I wish I had though, because this song is really good. This song is more for the vocals and lyrics, and it is very solid. Listening to this song made me smile with it’s harmony. So, if that is more of what you were looking for, then listen to this song.

Basket Case

Yes. YES. YES! This song is one of my absolute favorite songs of all time. The lyrics are just engraved in my brain. The guitar part in this song is engraved in my brain. This song is engraved in my brain. To listen to one of the greatest punk songs of all time, then listen to this song. Seriously, just listen to it…right now.

She

Another slower paced song, but another one made more for vocals and lyrics, and they are again solid. I found myself bobbing my head to the music. It’s a pretty catchy song and another great showing of Armstrong’s guitar skills.

Sassafras Roots

Personally…I’m not a fan of this song. Yeah, I know, I should be because from what I can tell from fans is that this is a well-liked song from Green Day. I do love the instrumental part of the song, but the lyrics and vocals of this one just fell flat with me. Don’t kill me…

When I Come Around

Oh my Morgan Freeman yes! This song is just absolute ecstasy. Another one of my favorite songs of all time. The lyrics are wonderful, the guitar riff is wonderful, Tre on drums is wonderful…just everything about this song is wonderful. Listen to it…NOW!

Coming Clean

A nice little short song to start closing off the album. The song never really stops being fast-paced and it makes it a great song to listen to when trying to staying awake or wanting to be pumped up. A song not really here for the lyrics, but the instrumental, and the instrumental is spot on.

Emenius Sleepus

Another short song, but this time more emphasis on vocals and lyrics, and while good, I think it could have been better. I love the little part about half-way where it slows down but other than that the song is just decent.

In the End

Be careful with headphones on this one. Just like Burnout it punches you in the crotch with sound. It’s a nice and welcomed change in the sound and, after Emenius Sleepus, it’s great to listen to.

F.O.D.

Going from In the End‘s fast-paced, guitar riffing sound to this more acoustic sounding slower-paced song is a noticeably drastic change…that is until about 1:45 into the song and sound kills your ear drum! My god do I love it when that happens and this song is a blast to listen to.

All By Myself

An absolutely hilarious song by Tre and a great way to end the album. It’s a hidden track added on to the end of F.O.D. and it makes me laugh everytime I listen to it. There isn’t much to say about it other than it is an absolutely hilarious masterpiece of writing.

 

So, we went through every song on the album. As you can see, the songs on the album are , for the most part, all fantastic.Other than a few songs, I love every song on Dookie. Most of Dookie is fast-paced and very fun to listen to. The writing can be very smart at times and just an absolute blast to sing along with. The guitar/bass work is phenomenal and the drums just perfect. So, I would have given Dookie a perfect score if it wasn’t for those songs that fell short. If you like fast-paced punk music, this is the album for you.

Lyrics: 9/10

Guitar/Bass: 10/10

Drums: 10/10

Vocals: 8/10

Flow: 6/10

Overall Score: 8.6/10

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Top 4 Albums of the Second Quarter of 2014

It’s been three months since I wrote “Top 4 Albums of the First Quarter of 2014”, so it’s time to write the next part. So, as like the last one, this all purely based on my opinions and my opinions alone. So, a couple rules.

1. It must have came out since the day this was posted and January 1 of this year, and only this year.

2. It can be an EP

3. It doesn’t have to be a hit album or come from a popular band

4. This can only be albums I have listened to (obviously)

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Top 4 Worst Hit Songs of 2014 (So Far) Part 1

After I did my “Top 4 Best Albums of the First Quarter of 2014” list I’ve been wanting to do this one. Now, I want to set up some rules before I do this.

Rules:

1. The song didn’t have to come out 2014 but it had to get popular in 2014.

2. If rule number 1 applies then the song has to be from 2013.

Well…that’s about it.

So, without further ado, here is my list of the top 4 worst songs in 2014 (so far). Also, this is not in any order.

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Top 4 Albums of the First Quarter of 2014

Well here we are. A quarter of 2014 is already almost up. That also means a lot of music has already come out. I am a music junkie (yeah, I like all multi-media). So, without further-a-do, here is my Top 5 Albums of the First Quarter of 2014. (By the way, this is not in any specific order. It’s more of just a list than a top 4…) Also, it’s 4 albums instead of 5 because I really haven’t been following music that much this year. Since I’m starting to do this though I’m gonna try and follow it a lot more. I plan on doing this after each quarter this year. With that said, here’s the list.

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Album Review: The Dwellers- Whatever Makes You Happy

Dwellers- WMYH

Have you ever listened to a band or music artist that no one else has heard of? Doesn’t it suck when you listen to something that’s just so amazing, yet it’s so criminally underrated and completely unknown? Don’t you wish more people knew about that artist? I feel that way about many bands, but there has never been a larger gap between quality and sales than The Dwellers. Well, maybe Justin Bieber, but that’s the complete opposite. Well, let me tell you about this amazing album.

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Album Review: Nirvana- In Utero

Well, with three votes, In Utero barely won. Here you go, the first ever viewer choice article (as well as the first album review) from Happy Katana.

In Utero

I’m sure you all know Nirvana’s success story by now, and how they were considered one of the most important bands, if not the most important, of the Alternative Rock revolution of the early to mid ’90s. They released three studio albums; Bleach (1989), Nevermind (1991), and In Utero (1993). We all know that Nirvana broke into the mainstream with Nevermind, helped out by the mega hit single, Smells Like Teen Spirit. Before Nevermind, Bleach was moderately successful and was getting some airplay on college radio stations. But although all three albums are amazing, I’m not here to talk about Nevermind or Bleach. No, I’m here to review what I feel is Nirvana’s true masterpiece.

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All Right, I’m Reviewing In Utero!

Okay, I did delete the tiebreaker poll. You see, on Wednesday, I wanted to start on the review, but there was a six way tie, so, I created the tiebreaker poll. There was still a three way tie. I decided to check the old poll, and In Utero barely won with three votes. And yes, I know both Ten and Never Mind The Bollocks have three votes, but Ten was because my friend wanted to vote for Nevermind and accidentally clicked Ten, and NMTB has three because someone voted after In Utero already won, because unfortunately, I don’t think you can create a deadline on Polldaddy polls.

I would like to thank everyone who voted. I appreciate it. You guys made possible the first ever viewer choice article on my blog and the first album review. So thank you, and don’t forget to spread the word about The Greatest Blog Of All Time.

Which Album Should I Review?

For the first time ever, the viewers get to decide the article! Tell me which album you’d like to see me review. These aren’t all my albums, but I didn’t want to make the poll too big.

The Music Of Video Games

Who doesn’t like Video Game Music? I know I do, which is why I’m doing this article. This is actually a follow up to one of my articles from Retro Gaming Is Best, called The Music Of Classic Gaming. With this article, however, I didn’t want to limit it to just retro games. Just like last time, don’t expect long, detailed reviews of each song. Instead, I’ll just comment on why I like the song. So, without further ado, let’s begin.

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