Green Day
Dookie


4.0
excellent

Review

by Chewbacca USER (32 Reviews)
July 3rd, 2005 | 281 replies | 70,127 views


Release Date: 1994 | Tracklist


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The text on why this album was featured contributed by J-Cool

#193 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time

Green Day, originally named Sweet Children, formed in the late eighties as a musical outlet for Billie Joe Armstrong and Mike Dirnt, who eventually moved into Billie's family's house. They eventuall put out two albums, 1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hour and Kerplunk. Following the release of Kerplunk, Green Day had become very popular in the underground music scene, eventually playing across the United States, and even Europe. During the tour, though, their original drummer had quit, and they soon acquired Tre Cool as their drummer, who has been their drummer ever since. Once some major-labels had heard Green Day, a bidding war began. Eventually, they signed with Reprise Records, and went in the studio to record their major-label debut, Dookie. Dookie spawned major hits such as "Longview," "Basket Case," et cetera. and has sold in excess of 10 million records to this day, though they lost credibility with the elitist punks.

Dookie is considered alongside albums like Nevermind and Weezer (The Blue Album) as being a huge influence on modern rock after its release. Ironically, Dookie was released the year of Kurt Cobain's apparent suicide. The album rarely lets up on the gas pedal, driving through each song with the band banging the crap out of their instruments. One thing that is apparent as soon as the first song, "Burnout" begins, is that the album is one huge wall of sound, similar to Weezer's first album. Billie Joe's songwriting has also grown by leaps in bounds, although they are mainly about the same topics as previous Green Day albums. He crafts huge melodies and hooks that will (usually) keep you listening to the album. Another thing that is very easy to tell is that Mike Dirnt's bass playing is almost always audible. He crafts melodic and catchy bass lines, but they also have a groove to them, as in "Longview," which contains one of my favorite bass lines of all time. Tre Cool's drumming is also top notch. He constantly keeps the pace, but at times will throw in fills to spice things up, and the near-drum solos in "Burnout" are great, as is the tom-pounding in "Longview".

The songs themselves are almost all straight forward and catchy, but also self-depricating and sarcastic, as anyone would expect from a punk record. "Basket Case" is a perfect example of this. The song dictates a story in which the character puts himself down, and goes to a shrink and a whore to consult him with his problems, and accounts for a very humurous song. "She" also sports a deceptively simple bass line, with a perfectly fitting drum beat accompanying it. The song eventually becomes a huge wall of sound, as the others, and contains one of the best choruses on the album. "Pulling Teeth" is probably the most out-right melodic song, with arpeggiated chords, and one of the best vocal melodys on the album. It even contains what you could call a solo, at least for Green Day. It is apparently about Mike Dirnt's girlfriend accidently pushing him down the stairs, resulting in an injuring. Definate highlight of the album.

Dookie, though, is nowhere near perfect, as most punk albums tend to be, sadly. Songs like "Sassafras Roots" are extremely annoying and repetitive and really put the rest of the album. Indeed, "Sassafra Roots" repeats the same line after each other line, and seems more like filler than anything else. "Coming Clean" is also a rather boring song, and the whole sound of the song seems to be fairly weak compared to the rest of the album. Not exactly a bad song, but nowhere near as good as the rest of the album. The "mom and dad" references definately ruined it for me. "In the End," although a fast, upbeat song, is a little boring also. The rhythm of the words are very pleasing, and the chorus is very well written, but really doesn't redeem the song from the verses. They do throw in a little variety near the end, which helps it out a little more. "F.O.D" is the best song of the last six. It is a half acoustic, half electric song, about a rather "explosive" relationshio (har har..). The song is very well written, and show's Billie's ability to add some variety into music, which he has shown more and more since the release. The guitar tone is to drool for, and is the hugest in the album. There is a hidden track called "All By Myself" that is very funny. Ace.

Dookie is a milestone of pop-punk, ranking near the top of the best pop-punk albums ever. Although there are some duds, the rest of the album seems to redeem it, and is a very rewarding listen. For this reason, the album is definatealy not a 5/5, but more of a 4/5. I definately think that fans of almost all music should at least try and listen to this album, but I'm sure that people who do not like pop-punk will really enjoy Dookie too much.

Overall Rating : 4/5
Musical and Cultural Significance : 5/5




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Rudd13
July 3rd 2005



952 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great review. Second best Green Day album in my opinion. First being Insomniac. Im starting to really admire your reviews something vague, keep it up!

Fabz
July 3rd 2005



136 Comments


Good review! It's my favorite by Green Day.....it was a good back in the days but I hate what they have become with all the hype around American Idiot...

masada
July 3rd 2005



2733 Comments


You wouldn't believe how many times I've edited this review now. Sheesh.

Anyway, I'll probably do a review on American Idiot too. Yeah, there's plenty of them, but I think mine has a chance at being better..

Wow, I just realized how amazing the backing vocals are on this album..This Message Edited On 07.03.05

Justanothernimrod
July 4th 2005



478 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah I agree. Insoomniac is still their top, but this was a very important album.

The Clash
July 4th 2005



4 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Dookie had more complex music than Insomniac. The whole album of Insomniac is just power chords. Dookie has more complex break downs and solo's.

Killtacular
July 4th 2005



1314 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Because everyone knows that if it's more complex than something then it must be better...

Kudos on the review, Mr. something vague.This Message Edited On 07.04.05

Oddsen
July 5th 2005



1127 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Great review! Dookie is a godly album and is one of my favorite punk rock albums. It is probly green day's best. American idiot is really good too though.

rustysurf84
July 7th 2005



327 Comments


great review definitly green days best stuff
god yd they put out american idiot.. y o y...

masada
July 7th 2005



2733 Comments


What's wrong with American Idiot?

RMDPuNkRoCkEr
July 16th 2005



11 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I found American Idiot Album very good.. Not GD's best work, but it was good..

This is by far their greatest CD in my opinion.. Great Review dude...

Killtacular
July 16th 2005



1314 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I didn't really like American Idiot that much. I've only heard a few tracks off this one, but they were pretty good. Should I get Dookie or Insomniac? I've heard good things about both.This Message Edited On 07.16.05

masada
July 16th 2005



2733 Comments


Get Dookie. It's far superior to Insomniac, in my opinion.

jimbobcook183
July 21st 2005



10 Comments


awesome review this is definitive punk/ pop-punk it was the cd that got me into green day. now i own all the albums and its all thanks to this one. your a great reviewer u deserve to be in the top 15

francesfarmer
July 21st 2005



1477 Comments


best green day album ever

Desensitized
July 24th 2005



136 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

4th best Green Day album. And yet it's still really good.

Desensitized
July 28th 2005



136 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I prefer all the albums after Insominiac to Dookie. I feel they're all quite underrated.

Aeaon
August 6th 2005



188 Comments


I love this album so muc h. I used to listen to it all the time when I first got into rock music. Good times.

Dragon_Prince
August 6th 2005



272 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Great album, this is one the reasons I still defend pop punk in the R&M forums ;) Basket Case is great

Ner
August 8th 2005



2 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I Think this album kicks ass. No one has said anything about Warning yet tho. I liked that album.

Captain_HumpYourFace
August 9th 2005



119 Comments


I still listen to this album pretty regularly and that should be a testament to how great it is. I was never even all that into the punk-pop sound but you just can't deny Greenday's talent. Excellent review as always for an awesome album.

I know this is a little out of place but am I the only one who is sick of people bashing American Idiot? I honestly think it was a great evolution for Greenday and the only arguments I've ever heard against it are "I just don't like it" (valid) and the more common, "they sold out!" (completely retarded)



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