Revolution Radio is the twelfth studio album by American punk rock band Green Day, released on October 7, 2016, through Reprise Records. The album’s lead single, “Bang Bang“, premiered on August 11, 2016. Prior to the album’s release, its title track, “Revolution Radio”, and “Still Breathing” were also released, on September 9 and September 23, respectively. At the album’s release date, the official lyric video for “Youngblood” was uploaded on their website. On October 12, a lyric video for the song “Ordinary World” was released. On October 19, another lyric video was released: the song “Say Goodbye”. On November 7, a music video was released for “Still Breathing“.
The album received positive reviews from music critics and earned 95,000 first-week album-equivalent units in the US to debut at number one on the Billboard 200. Revolution Radio also debuted at number one in the UK, Ireland, Italy, Canada and New Zealand.
Somewhere Now—-Kicking things off a bit introspective and insightful, Billie still has that classic young guy whine. The song picks up main stream with a melodic blast of guitars and huge drums…all the while keeping the underlying tone of complacency running through it. This is powerful…catchy and damn welcome.
Bang Bang—-Much more aggressive right out of the gate, the fuzzy guitars are replaced by a lightening speed that welcomes back the huge glory days of Green Day. Billie Joe snarls attitude and disdain and the chorus….well….built for arena shows and a maddening crowd of chants and screams. This is so amped and addictive…the best the band has sounded in years! The drums are incredible!!!
Revolution Radio—-Huge blasts of attitude driven guitars and quick drums kick off this modern day anthems that we are treated to here. The vocal seems a bit pushed away from the music a bit…but the chorus….damn. This is a huge sing a long affair that makes me miss The Ramones. This is catchy yet still maintains attitude and snarl. This is damn catchy!
Say Goodbye—-With a marching anthem tone at the onset, the song maintains the feeling throughout. Building on the tone, Billie Joe delivers a vocal that is more melodic and sing songy from the onset. For me, this has a deeper sound to the music….the bass drum much more pronounced and the huge anthem like chorus built for arenas and huge crowds. This will play really well live….I think I hear some piano here…which surprised me a bit.
Outlaws—-Full of atmosphere and an introspective attitude, this is a nice break in the order of the songs of the release. This is built on a huge chorus that begs you to scream along with it as it plays at full volume. For those who grew up with the band…this is a further step to adulthood and the changing times….which we can all embrace…regardless of our age.This track is a favorite…..brilliant!!!
Bouncing Off The Wall—-Kicking everything back into high gear, this is a modern day anthem that makes me want to jump p and just go crazy. The energy in the music is damn contagious and the vocal snarl is evident of a much younger and driven band. This is when Green Day is at their very best…when they combine hyper music with a teenage vocal that inspires kids of all ages….just fantastic!
Still Breathing—-Beginning with a simple guitar and a vocal, this track is another favorite of mine. The attitude is very evident…but the damn catchy melody overrides and makes you wander back into your youth. This is literally fantastic…..the band seems so invigorated and fresh on this release….I love this song!
Youngblood—-A jaunty guitar at the onset gives way to a more aggressive sound that ebbs and flows with the lines and the chorus. Billie Joe sounds so good on this release…his phrasing and wording is just like the older, glory days of the band…this helps to erase the disaster of the Trilogy release….this is classic Green Day….this track…..superb…full of fuzz….great drums and a vocal for the ages!
Too Dumb To Die—-Odd at the onset…everything is muted and removed from the speakers…..then the song opens up…bringing vitality and energy. The youthful feel of the music and the lyrics can put you in just about anyplace that you desire to be. The melody that Armstrong delivers with his vocal is just fantastic…this is aggressive but delivered with a message.
Troubled Times—-Although the guitar is very present at the onset, the vocal is removed until the actual chorus opens up the song with a message and an urgency to pay attention to the world around you. Armstrong delivers line after line that carries weight……because indeed…we live in troubled times…here and abroad…the message is delivered loud and clear.
Forever Now—-Coming at you with an aggressive driving guitar base, the drums are huge on this track…leading you a a few minute voyage that contains every best element of Green day….huge chorus, classic vocal, driving guitars and a drum that wont leave your head. This is rebirth at its finest!
Ordinary World—-Beginning with an ending…hmmmm. Interesting This is calm and select…..quiet with an introspection that belies adulthood and the ability to think about that which is happening around you. Green Day remains a very, very relevant band in 2016…I’m glad they weathered the storm and emerged so strong…this is fantastic….don’t make us wait so long again…please. You are needed.
****3/4 out of 5