Green Day
Dookie


4.5
superb

Review

by mattpinsonneault USER (1 Reviews)
November 14th, 2012 | 18 replies | 1,695 views


Release Date: 1994 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Dookie is one of the most definitive albums ever made. It is the album that sent the pop-punk trio, Green Day into mainstream music and showcased their stellar talents in a way that none of their other albums have. It was a highlight of their careers, a h

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

From start to finish, Green Day's third studio album, Dookie, is the definition of punk. You can hear the pain and anger in Billie Joe's voice as he sings melodic choruses of teen angst, violence, and boredom. Few times has a punk album become quite as popular and as well known as Dookie. It sold an impressive 10 million copies, and to some of their early fans, it seemed that they were selling out, but to every one else, they were just showing the world what they were capable of and making their voices heard. Dookie put this pop punk trio on top of the world and became one of the biggest albums of the decade. Green Day took what teenagers all across America were feeling, and put it in to words. They were saying what every one was thinking, but was too afraid to say. Kids could relate to what they were saying in Dookie, which made the three misfits from the bay area in California the voice of a generation.

Dookie starts with a fast-paced, wall of sound, "Burnout," which gets you hooked from the very first line. It's two minutes of pure teen angst, expressed with an angry chord progression and a series of superb drum fills performed by the incredible, ball of energy, Tre Cool. The second track on the album, "Having a Blast," is probably the most underrated song on Dookie. It has a very dark message, and controversial lyrics disguised by a poppy, melodic chorus and incredible musical performance by all three of them. Their talents are truly showcased on this track. Dookie is probably a career high for Mike Dirnt who has some catchy, grooving bass lines on the album, most notably on "Longview," one of the album's singles. The bass and drum pattern match perfectly in "Longview" and make for an incredibly bi-polar sounding track, alternating from the chilled out bass riff and tom-tom drum pattern, to the intense power chords creating that similar wall of sound as heard in "Burnout." Both lyrically and musically it is the greatest on the album. It's become an anthem of laziness and loneliness, two themes often quite relevant in nearly all teenager's lives, making it the most relatable song. "Basket Case," sounds like a cry for help from Billie Joe, singing about paranoia, and mental instability with the music video featuring the trio playing in a hospital. It even depicts Tre in a wheelchair getting pushed right up to the drum set where he pounds on them for some wicked fast and hard to copy drum fills featured near the beginning. To this day, it still receives regular airplay and truly became one of the biggest punk rock songs of all time.

Few songs on any album by Green Day have managed to be even close to as catchy as "When I Come Around," and "Welcome to Paradise," both rather high points on the album. "Welcome to Paradise," is an incredible song that is written in the style of a letter to his mother, about living on his own away from home as Billy Joe had done when he was only seventeen along with Mike. The song's meaning is that they find beauty in what other would find to be ugly, and that for them, being alone in the streets is paradise. It is one of the better written Green Day song with a radio ready guitar riff and catchy hook and chorus. It's songs like this where they get the "pop punk" label from. Nonetheless it still has a very punk meaning behind it as mentioned previously. One downside to the album that does take away from it, is that the second half of it doesn't have quite as good of songs as the first half, but regardless they still are all incredible. F.O.D. starts off with muted notes and you can feel the gradual build up in the music and in his voice as he sings catchy phrases that speak of rather gruesome things, until it explodes into a full blown intense arrangement. It definitely ends the album in one punk rock, in your face, violent, mosh pit ready song and it certainly ends it in a bang. But if you listen long enough, there is one hidden bonus track at the end which is almost more of a humorous mock song called "All By Myself."

Dookie is right up there with Nevermind for the sound of the 90s and it is one of the most definitive albums ever, making numerous lists by Rolling Stone and other magazines for very clear reasons. It was what put Green Day into mainstream and what separated them from every other band on the planet. No matter how great they become and no matter how many more hits they make, Dookie will always be a timeless classic in the punk rock and alternative rock scene which anyone can enjoy. They took the style and attitude of The Sex Pistols and The Dead Kennedys and threw a modern twist to it and brought it to a whole new audience who never would have been exposed to this type of music without them.


user ratings (2858)
Chart.
4
excellent
other reviews of this album
1 of

Comments:Add a Comment 
Atari
Contributing Reviewer
November 14th 2012



19437 Comments


pretty damn solid first review , i'll pos

couple small things

"Few times has a punk album become quite as popular and as well known as Dookie"

maybe it's just me but i feel like this sentence is a bit akward. I think it would sound better if you said something along the lines of "Few punk albums in history have been able to reach the level of success as Dookie." (not necessarily those exact words but i think that reads better just my advice take it or leave it)

one more thing:

"Green Day took what teenagers all across America were feeling, and put it in to words. They were saying what every one was thinking, but was too afraid to say. Kids could relate to what they were saying in Dookie, which "

This sound pretty redundant. Basically you have three sentences that are essentially saying the same thing :P maybe edit up the third sentence so it doesn't sound like you're just repeating yourself?

the rest of the review was pretty solid it was your opening paragraph that needed the most work. keep writing and be open to constructive criticism good job

Digging: Musk Ox - Woodfall

Hopelust
November 14th 2012



943 Comments


Thank you for reminding me of how good Green Day used to be.

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
November 14th 2012



20631 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

welcome to paradise is the best song here

Digging: Fallujah - The Flesh Prevails

Minus.
November 14th 2012



2680 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

welcome to paradise is the best song here

Agreed.

ThroneOfAgony
November 14th 2012



3485 Comments


No it's When I Come Around, without a doubt

Chortles
November 14th 2012



17904 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

yeah sorry i dig welcome to paradise the most

Digging: Yo La Tengo - Electr-O-Pura

Minus.
November 14th 2012



2680 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

When I Come Around was a good song until the radio stations got a hold of it.

uziclip
November 14th 2012



100 Comments


Thank you for reminding me of how good Green Day used to be. [2]

cinaedus
November 14th 2012



26298 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yea

Digging: Anberlin - Lowborn

ChopSuey
November 14th 2012



2392 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

better than DOS

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
November 14th 2012



15786 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

yea its a h

Digging: Synaesthesia (UK) - Synaesthesia

Hopelust
November 14th 2012



943 Comments


Longview all the way.

ChopSuey
November 14th 2012



2392 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

when masturbation lost it fun.....

Hopelust
November 14th 2012



943 Comments


yea its a h


haha

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
November 14th 2012



20631 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

When I Come Around was a good song until the radio stations got a hold of it. [2]

got sick of that song real quick

Calc
November 14th 2012



11975 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I was alone....i was all by myself.....no one was lookiiiiiiiiiinnnnngg....I was thinking of you.

Digging: Kashiwa Daisuke - April. #02

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
November 14th 2012



20631 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yea i get that a lot :3

Chortles
November 14th 2012



17904 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

no wonder you want a fleshlight



You have to be logged in to post a comment. Login | Create a Profile





FAQ // STAFF & CONTRIBUTORS // SITE FORUM // CONTACT US

Bands: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Site Copyright 2005-2013 Sputnikmusic.com
All Album Reviews Displayed With Permission of Authors | Privacy Policy