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Green Day Saviors album review

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Eternal Punksters Green Day are back with a new album – Saviors. The marketing, which is currently in overdrive suggests that Saviors is between Dookie and American Idiot.

This claim is backed up by the fact that Rob Cavall has returned to the trio.  Rob Cavall is the producer of Green Day’s commercial breakthrough album “Dookie”Goliath 6 times platinum by,  “American Idiot”

Dookie was my soundtrack of the mid-90s. I think I destroyed 2 Sony Walkmans while playing ‘Welcome to Paradise’On cassette. Dookie was my first introduction to bands like The Offspring and Oasis.

While Dookie was a teenager full of the hedonistic pleasures of youth, American Idiot evolved into a completely different creature.

American Idiot changed the band’s punk style. Released around the time that the band was rumored to have split.   The rawness of the early punk days was traded for a more polished mainstream sound. Purists say that the band has sold out, but this is a band who was looking to redefine themselves or exit. They targeted the American fascination with wars, inequalities, and religious fundamentalism. Green Day had their Live Aid moment with American Idiot. The band was able to reach a whole new audience through the show, which led to a successful Broadway production.

The albums that have followed have never reached the same heights, although they have all continued Green Day’s punk origins.

It seems that Saviors is a genuine effort by the band to find a new wind. Attract both punk purists, and mainstream media lovers. For a start, Billie Joe’s Voice seems to be aging like a fine wine. Mike Dirnt and Tré Cool create musical harmonies that are on a whole different level to the previous 13 albums.

Green Day’s debut album is a spiritual successor of American Idiot.  ‘The American Dream Is Killing Me’The track continues to criticize American society and is also a banger. Did I notice a Beatles’ influence? Yes, I believe I did.

Saviors contains a few nods to Dookie’s follow-up album Insomniac. Tracks ‘Strange Days Are Here To Say’,’ Look Ma No Brains’, ‘Coma City’I am reminded of the earlier ‘Geek Stink Breath’ and ’Welcome To Paradise’.

Bobby Sox continues Billy Joe’s playful take on sexuality by swapping ‘Do You Wanna To Be My Girlfriend?’You can also find out more about ‘Do you Wanna be my Boyfriend?’, similar to how he used the gender swap in ‘Basket Case “She says it’s lack of sex that’s bringing me down, I went to a whore, he said my life’s a bore”

One Eyed Bastard, title track Saviors and Dilemma, take the album in a newer sound style. They create the polished and layered sound wall we’ve come to expect.

It wouldn’t be a Green Day album without a hint of 1960’s Americana, so que up ‘Corvette Summer’Beach Boys vibes.

The overall thoughts on Saviors

Saviors is not an album with a constant message. It mixes old and new music. Instead, we have 15 songs that are individually brilliantly written and talk about love anger, family and the injustices of contemporary society. It’s refreshing that 14 albums by Green Day can still create original music without resorting to re-hashing, this is peak Green Day.

So have they been able to blend old with new? I’d say yes after listening to Saviors.

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