Green Day
Dookie


5.0
classic

Review

by Pedro B. USER (303 Reviews)
November 13th, 2007 | 14 replies | 2,575 views


Release Date: 1994 | Tracklist


1 of 1 thought this review was well written

It’s been a long time coming, but here it is. The review for one of my favourite albums of all-time, and one of the few that I actually consider perfect.

Dookie was released in 1994 and helped catapult Green Day from indie-credited melodi-core band to punk-pop superstardom. In fact, for many people this was the album that invented punk-pop, well, those people must never have heard of the Ramones or Generation X. Still, the fact remains that without Green Day and Dookie there would be no Blink-182, Sum 41 or My Chemical Romance (a good thing? Probably…) This California three-piece had a huge impact on the power-pop scene, and the main culprit was this, their third album.

Dookie is, in a word, perfect. If you don’t like punk-pop, you won’t like it, but if you do…oh man, is this the album for you. From the moment Tre Cool kicks in Burnout to the last sustained chord in F.O.D., you’re in for the ride of your life. Along the way you will find some familiar-sounding singles, such as When I Come Around or Basket Case, but don’t let them distract you on your way – they may sound tired and stale from overplaying, but they are mere pebbles on the road to something great.

And that something great is, of course, the songs that nobody knows. Particular standouts are opener Burnout (which is to punk pop what Debaser was to indie-pop), the furious, in-your-face blast of In The End and the catchy choruses of both Sassafras Roots and Emenius Sleepus. Musicianship remains solid throughout, although the loss of Billie Joe’s scorching guitar solos is sorely missed by anyone who has ever heard 1.039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours. Lyrically, he remains a keen observer of human relationships, particularly those between male and female. Whether he’s venting his frustration at an ex-girlfriend (on In The End, a lyric that I would really like some girls I know to read), perfectly capturing rite-of-passage confusion (on Coming Clean, probably the only filler track on here) or reflecting the utter boredom of being young (on Longview), Billie Joe’s lyrics ring true to most, if not all, of his young audience.

But the true stars here are the rhythm section. Mike Dirnt made the list of best contemporary bassists after this album, and deservedly so: not only does he carry Longview almost by himself, but he also excels on songs such as Sassafras Roots or the re-recording of the Kerplunk hit, Welcome To Paradise. This same song also reveals another star: Tre Cool. He shines on every song on this album, but this is probably his tour de force – his pre-chorus and chorus breaks are famous among rock fans. Other songs in which he excels are Burnout and When I Come Around. However, in songs like Pulling Teeth, he also shows that he can be a team player when needed.

And speaking of Pulling Teeth, this is another standout. It’s a slower track (to all effects, a ballad), reminiscent of some of the Ramones’ slower songs. Stylistically, it’s a direct cousin of Christie Road from Kerplunk. It also features one of Billie Joe’s rare solos, that (perhaps because of their scarcity) are absolutely delicious. The only other solo is When I Come Around, and it sounds pretty good as well.

All in all, this is a record in which Green Day try to expand their sound, and succeed. Unlike American Idiot, where the band strayed a bit far from their roots, on Dookie they stay true to their sound while taking it to new lengths. They do a good job, and this album fully justifies its huge chart success. Sure, the singles are tiredsome, but the rest fully makes up for that small perk. In a word: marvellous. In a few more: essential, seminal, unmissable, unsurmountable. Perfect.

Recommended Tracks
Burnout
Pulling Teeth
When I Come Around
In The End

…and pretty much every other track apart from Basket Case and Coming Clean.



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Cesar
November 13th 2007



2732 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good Album

descendents1
November 13th 2007



702 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I don't like some of the things you said in the review but it's good quality and well-written.

McP3000
November 13th 2007



3941 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I didn't even like this album when i was 9

clairvoyant
November 13th 2007



765 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

i loved this album when i was 9 and i still love it today

Geedrummer
November 13th 2007



607 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

i used to love this album but greenday got old too quick for me. now i skip any greenday that comes on to my itunes

Serpento
November 13th 2007



2351 Comments


Same here.

Pretty good review. Denouncing the two songs you did, when Sass Roots and Emenius Sleepus even exist, is hard to stomach though.This Message Edited On 11.13.07

clairvoyant
November 13th 2007



765 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

i just realized you praised pulling teeth. i absolutely despise that song...its the only poor thing on the whole cd.



Electric City
Staff Reviewer
November 13th 2007



15727 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You didn't put in actual key tracks like She, Welcome to Paradise, and Basket Case and included crappy tracks like In the End and When I Come Around.

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Fort23
November 13th 2007



2474 Comments


Now im gonna have to listen to this again. It was one of the first albums I got. It's actually pretty excellent.

PhoenixRising
November 13th 2007



277 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"crappy tracks like... When I come around"

Blasphmey!

MrKite
November 13th 2007



5020 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is really good. Not a bad song, imo. Welcome To Paradise comes in as the best Green Day song too.

jrowa001
November 13th 2007



8750 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this is the only green day album i listen to

Erratic
November 13th 2007



1120 Comments


I declare I don't care no more!

Willie
Moderator
November 13th 2007



15877 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This only felt like a letdown because Kerplunk was so good... now I like it a lot more since everything after Dookie has been so hit-and-miss.

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