The review basically suggests that the band has lost much of of its punkiness.
(photo courtesy of GreenDay.com)
That might tend to make fans defensive, but it’s not that far off — nor is it such a bad thing. Green Day has matured.
In all, the Herald seems to give a pretty fair assessment: Green Day isn’t the power-chord driven band they were when we first heard of them. They’ve become more sophisticated and more prone to heavier production. And don’t fault them for learning how to sell.
Besides, they can still belt it out when the moment calls for it. And, as the Herald points out, “Billy Joe Armstrong has still got a lot of that little snot from 924 Gilman St. in him. He’s a dad and businessman, but he’s no coward and he hasn’t stopped digging controlled chaos.”
Personally, I look forward to it: They’ll be at Madison Square Garden next week and I plan to be there.
The Grammy winning band took a break after their hit release, American Idiot, and returned this year with a vengence.
Their new release, 21st Century Breakdown, debuted as a smash hit, and is getting plenty of airplay. Green Day is also selling out venues as they tour behind the album, as was the case with the Boston show.
So, don’t get your back up if the music press suggests this is a different band than the one we fell in love with on Dookie. Green Day has made a franchise out of power-chord hooks and turnarounds, and can still rock the house.
And that’s so in Boston as it is in New York.
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