Green Day
Insomniac


4.0
excellent

Review

by Ross Delany USER (35 Reviews)
November 25th, 2005 | 30 replies


Release Date: 1995 | Tracklist


An insomniac is someone who finds it next to impossible to sleep, a lot of
people find that music helps, but this wouldnít. Green Dayís Insomniac wonít help you get to sleep, itíll make you wake up, wanting to play it again and again. You see, this album has the catchiness of Dookie with the songwriting standards of the better American idiot songs and the raw energy that makes green day so attractive in so many ways. The sheer amount of raw, unbridled energy that this album has comes across in a lot of this albumís songs. The songs on this are numerous but in this review I will give mention to the songs that put this across, as well as putting across the development in their emotional maturity

This is a year after the phenomenon that was and is Dookie and I think, in all honesty, that this is nearly as good. You see the things in this album have a different little twist from walking contradiction being made up almost entirely of lyrics that always almost contradict themselves (much like that little sentence). Billie shows a bit more maturity in some of his lyrics, especially on 86 , which is a song written about his rejection from the Gilman in Berkeley after the band became superstars, the riff isnít a depressing one but you can tell this song isnít light at heart when the lyrics kick in. The pop-punk immaturity element is still there though with songs like Brat which is best summed up as the thoughts of a frustrated kid who just wants to get his inheritance from his mum and dadís deaths. On second thought, thatís not so immature, the lyrics are sung in such a way to make it not sound depressing but itís dark, like a lot of this album. It also has a stroke of instrumental genius. Panic Song is the song on this album that shows that Billie, mike and Tre make up a genius trio, as far as Pop-punk songs from the mid-90ís go, this is the best all round song for lyrics and instruments as the status quo for Pop-punk is boring instruments, this song expels that myth. The lyrics that kick in to the song at the half-way point work really well with the actual music, which has a rather apocalyptic feel, but not in a death metal type way

The only songs on this album that disappoint are Tight wad Hill and
Westbound Sign. Paling in comparison to the rest of the album, they
just donít have the same instrumental or lyrical strength that songs like Brain Stew and
Jaded have. The two aforementioned songs are truly great with
brain stewís catchy and easy as hell riff and its lyrics describing insomnia linking well with Jadedís speeded up, mixed about version with itís lyrics describing (in a round-about sort of way) about the aftereffects of insomnia, or do you think take my hands I think Iím falling off into a state of regression is coincidental?
The closing piece on this album is Walking Contradiction
, which as I mentioned before, is made up of paradoxical lyrics and a very simple riff.

In short, this album is good. The change in some of Billieís lyrics
is good, and the simply sublime panic song is just greatness. A real highlight that runs throughout this album is that Green day has discovered their instrumental talents; mikeís bass playing is really good, Tre isnít using a drum-roll every second and Billie has concentrated on making simple, catchy riffs that will stick in your head. This should be your next purchase if you own American idiot and Dookie.

8/10

or

4/5

or

80%

Until next timeÖ



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masada
November 25th 2005


2733 Comments


So you basically took a huge dump on the progress you made.

However, this is a lot better than the 'regular' reviews you attempted earlier. If you're going to say that they've matured more, you may want to give better examples than just stating the topic of a song. I would also say that you need to maybe describe the music more, as I think Insomniac is a bit heavier and darker than their previous albums, though much simpler.This Message Edited On 11.25.05

Storm In A Teacup
November 25th 2005


12781 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I hope I didn't make a mistake telling you to submit it. No worries I'm sure. This Message Edited On 11.25.05

innerdark
November 25th 2005


749 Comments


So you basically took a huge dump on the progress you made.



no, i took a risk and attempted an overall

pulseczar
November 25th 2005


2385 Comments


much too short and is but a vague description of the album. I'm guessing the awkward spacing in places is accidental?

Jawaharal
November 25th 2005


1832 Comments


Only Unstable Mind and I can get away with an overall that short.

Storm In A Teacup
November 25th 2005


12781 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I was wondering that both times he e-mailed me this.

innerdark
November 25th 2005


749 Comments


the spacing is annoying, i can't fix it, i fix 1 thing and about 2 others pop up

Jawaharal
November 25th 2005


1832 Comments


something funky happened to your review.

innerdark
November 25th 2005


749 Comments


the only thing kripes said about my 1st draft was the 1st paragraph was too short. like waaaaaay too shot

but the actual content was all me

Storm In A Teacup
November 25th 2005


12781 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I fixed many grammar issues as well.

innerdark
November 25th 2005


749 Comments


oops, thanx, that was the other thing

Storm In A Teacup
November 25th 2005


12781 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

...and when I say many...

innerdark
November 25th 2005


749 Comments


no need 2 ub it in

Jawaharal
November 25th 2005


1832 Comments


no need 2 ub it in

how ironic.

innerdark
November 25th 2005


749 Comments


oopsies lol

that was deliberate

innerdark
November 25th 2005


749 Comments


i think i have learned a lesson. my t by t's own my overall(s)

Storm In A Teacup
November 25th 2005


12781 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

That's sad.




innerdark
November 25th 2005


749 Comments


it's tr00f

Jawaharal
November 25th 2005


1832 Comments


It kinda helps if you spend more than 10 minutes on a review.

Thor
November 25th 2005


10192 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

A good review, although it's a little unnecessary.



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