Green Day
Demolicious


3.0
good

Review

by Andrew Gold CONTRIBUTOR (65 Reviews)
April 18th, 2014 | 36 replies


Release Date: 04/19/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Serving as a faux-greatest hits from the trilogy and a compilation of demos including a previously unreleased track, Demolicious does a decent enough job of reminding everyone that the infamous Green Day trilogy really wasn't that bad.

Everything leading up to Green Day’s infamous trilogy – from the announcement of the albums titled as sequential Spanish numbers, each containing at least 12 tracks with their own separate music themes, to the faces of each band member shamelessly plastered on the album arts resulting in some of the most aesthetically unappealing cover arts in music history – pointed to it being the final nail(s) in Green Day’s long-overdue coffin. Even the most die-hard of fans were dubious that the band were planning another bombastic project after the hopelessly harmless flop 21st Century Breakdown. What seemed like an inevitable disaster, however, ended up providing some of Green Day’s most honest material in years. ¡Uno! was about as straightforward as you can get – cheesy pop punk hooks, formulaic song structures, and Billie Joe Armstrong crooning utterly meaningless lyrics above it all (he seriously stopped trying at this point). ¡Dos! was a mildly successful attempt at capturing the unabashed nature of garage rock, and ¡Tré! was their shot at an epic finale, and surprisingly succeeded more often than not. These pseudo-experimental albums also confirmed most people’s doubts by having some of the worst songs the band have ever written, some descending into truly awful territory (“Nightlife,” “Kill the DJ,” “Makeout Party,” “Nightlife”).

Green Day’s newest release, Demolicious, serves as somewhat of a greatest hits from the trilogy, including one previously unreleased track recorded during those sessions. They’re all labeled as “demos,” but sonically there are very little differences, if any, between these tracks and their studio album counterparts, aside from the edgier production, occasional screams from Billie Joe (not as audacious as “Take Back” but still refreshing), and random throwaway banter at the end of some songs. The only “new” track on Demolicious is “State of Shock,” a previously unreleased demo, understandably, since it’s as woefully banal as you can possibly imagine Green Day being. The thing is, as boring and repetitive as it is, it’s not an inherently bad song. “Ashley,” “Oh Love,” and “Angel Blue,” all appearing on this compilation, have qualities that make them perfectly decent radio rock songs; they just lack the vitality and sonic recklessness that make Green Day fun to listen to (which is really the only reason to listen to them to be honest). As a faux-greatest hits record, Demolicious does a fine job of showing off some of the best sides of the trilogy. The first four tracks on ¡Uno! make an appearance; “Stay the Night” twice – once as a demo and another as a stripped down acoustic version – and highlights “Stray Heart” and “Missing You” represent ¡Dos! and ¡Tré! respectively. Unfortunately, the acoustic “Stay the Night” closes the compilation out on a dismal note, desperately trying to sound honest and heartfelt but ultimately lacking the raw emotion necessary to pull off an acoustic ballad. Not to mention that the unpolished production and Billie’s blatant disregard for intonation does the song little favors.

Bassist Mike Dirnt said, “this is how [the trilogy] would have sounded if we were still on Lookout Records,” which is a fair assessment since this is the closest they’ve come to sounding like Kerplunk since then, as far as the production and overall energy goes. If you enjoyed the trilogy, Demolicious provides a welcome change of pace from the squeaky clean production of the studio albums (that means no treble-heavy ear-piercingly sharp guitars from ¡Uno!). Musically however, the differences are so miniscule it’s hardly worth the time – download “State of Shock” if you’re a completist and call it a day. Realistically Demolicious does nothing for the name of Green Day, but functioning as both an unintentional greatest hits album and a compilation of demos, it does a decent enough job of reminding everyone that the trilogy wasn’t that bad.



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Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
April 18th 2014


21053 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

not my best review by a long shot but i wanted to put in my two cents

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Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
April 18th 2014


21053 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

if you liked some songs off the trilogy its worth a shot. otherwise i doubt youd find anything interesting here

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
April 18th 2014


21053 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

well theres your answer

RobbaqPL
April 18th 2014


160 Comments


Still a few tracks too many to be a Greatest Hits of the trilogy. And the songs basically sound the same as the originals, the Lookout Records quote is bull. Pointless even for die-hards.
As for the trilogy... If they'd cut it to one 12-track album and written some more passable lyrics to some songs, the results would have been just fine.
The review is just fine as well.

NakedSnake
April 18th 2014


266 Comments


Lol, Summary: Not THAT bad.

ZackSh33
April 18th 2014


295 Comments


"triple decker shit sandwich"

I figured this release would be a waste of most everyone's time.

Good review tho, except I don't think they meant it to be a "Greatest Hits of the trilogy" at all.

Green Baron
April 18th 2014


20000 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

damn you beat me to it

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insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
April 18th 2014


3395 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great review man. The trilogy ain't that bad, there are some awesome songs, some cringe worthy ones and lots of standard GD rockers. Even if this is probably more rewarding, I'm not that interested in listening to it.

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Green Baron
April 18th 2014


20000 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i thought you were a lot more enthused about the trilogy

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
April 18th 2014


3395 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Me? I was but they are not quite the best thing Green Day have to offer. I was psyched about it especially around the tour since I've got to see them for the first time and they were awesome live (played the entire Dookie and that was THE shit!)

Green Baron
April 18th 2014


20000 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Essentially this is the trilogy with the overproduction issue fixed, and that's it

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
April 18th 2014


3395 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Alright, I'll give this a spin.

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
April 18th 2014


21053 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good review tho, except I don't think they meant it to be a "Greatest Hits of the trilogy" at all.


oh i know they didnt, hence the faux. i made it more clear in the final paragraph though

Tunaboy45
April 18th 2014


2304 Comments


My faith in Green Day has waned since the trilogy.

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SnakeDelilah
April 18th 2014


7155 Comments


lol they actually made this? wtf

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Tunaboy45
April 18th 2014


2304 Comments


Not only that but they called it demolicious.

TooManyFriends
April 19th 2014


659 Comments


i like to pretend the trilogy never happened

KriegdemKriege
April 19th 2014


1052 Comments


Haha seriously, fuck Green Day. This is such a blatant cash grab. It's like they're trying to destroy their legacy on purpose.

GuyFieri
April 19th 2014


38 Comments


these guys had fantastic hair back then. too bad they went all screamo and cut it off

Mabbitt
April 19th 2014


1364 Comments


Carpe Diem is literally my least favorite song from Uno...why did they have to include it here?



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