Green Day
Dookie


4.0
excellent

Review

by Andrew Barr (MM8) USER (65 Reviews)
July 6th, 2006 | 72 replies | 4,936 views


Release Date: 1994 | Tracklist


5 of 5 thought this review was well written

Green Day
Dookie


The Band: Billie Joe Armstrong- Guitar, vocals
Mike Dirnt- Bass, back up vocals
Tre Cool- Drums

Dookie. This album is vintage Green Day. A stunning example of “the good ole days". Before the whole political era. Now, I’m going to stop there. I’m going to try and avoid talking about the new Green Day era as much as possible and by talking I mean bashing. I think I did enough of that in my last Green Day review. So, I want to try and be as least biased as possible for this one. Anyways, this album is a prefect example of the old Green Day. Lots of choppy power-chorded riffs, driving bass lines and slightly above par drums. Even the occasional solo here and there. What I particularly enjoyed were the vocals. Not because I’m overly fond of BJA’s voice but because the words themselves didn’t have any real serious plot behind them. The majority of them were just silly. I really enjoyed that aspect of the album.

Any of you out who know me even just a little are probably aware of my strong dislike for modern music today because of the mass amount of bands dying their hair black and claiming to have “matured". Then they spend all their time working on the vocals instead of concentrating on the instrumentals and the vocals just end up turning out ridiculously cheesy. That’s why I have such an appreciation for albums like this or fro example “Dude Ranch" and “All Killer No Filler". I used those two albums as other examples because they are both by two bands that “matured" later in their careers. Anyways I love albums like those because they’re for lack of a better word “fun". Sure, there may be the occasional song about being dumped by your girlfriend or something along that line. But a lot of the songs are also about being immature, masturbation, sitting around and doing nothing. Damn, I miss the nineties right now.

Now I’d like to describe how this album made me feel because well, someone once told me to that in my reviews. So, here goes. As I already said it was a very fun album, so naturally it made me feel kind of happy. This is actually a good album to listen to if you need to get pumped up for something. This is probably due to the albums rather quick pace and somewhat powerful vocals. Honestly, it’s hard to just sit down and listen to this album, its fun-ness and fast pace make you want to get up and go do something. Something stupid to be more specific. Like go run into some head first so that your friends will pay you a small amount of money. Overall, this album is just so silly and fun that it makes you want to be stupid.

I must admit in the past I had under-rated Green Day’s instrumentals, to a degree. The guitar could definitely be described as adequate or above average. Sure pretty much every song was composed of power-chords but it didn’t bother me too much. Also, props to BJA to being able to write 13 or 14 (I say 13 or 14 because I think 1 track is actually made up of actual chords instead of power-chords) tracks composed of power-chords and not have any sound like any other tracks. Now, sure some tracks were reminiscent of others, but none really sounded the same. Also, as I previously mentioned there were some solos scattered about. None of them were too great, but they weren’t that bad either. I’ll use the solo from “When I come Around" as an example. It was relatively short pretty basic and easy to play, but at least it was something. I’d rather have short simple solos than no solos at all.

The albums bass was rather well-written. Much better than I had previously thought. For a good portion of the album it just plays the root notes of what the guitar is playing, but it also does much more than that. It has its shining moments here and there. For example it plays a big role in “Longview". It’s actually the whole verse in that track. It also has a nice little bridge in “Welcome To Paradise". Actually in the bridge of that song the guitar ends up mimicking the bass, instead of vice versa. I also enjoyed the tone on Dirnt’s amp. It seemed sort of soft, yet powerful at the same time. I’m not really sure what he did to his amp to get to that sound because well I’m kind of tone dumb. I still use a book to get the right sound out of my Marshall. Oh, I mean my Marshall amp, I just realized how easily that sentence could’ve been turned into a gay joke.

The drums as I already mentioned were fairly good. There were a lot of simple beats throughout, but on a pop-punk album that seems to be somewhat inevitable and it’s not like there weren’t some excellent little fills and role beats on here. There were loads of spectacular fills in “Welcome To Paradise" and “Longview" and in several other assorted tracks as well. The drums were also on time throughout the entire album which was good. That was good to see because over time I’ve noticed that a lot of pop-punk bands have sort of sloppy drummers.

I’m not too fond of BJA’s vocals, but I don’t hate them either. They’re just sort of “okay". I guess his vocals do go well with the music and it is hard to picture Green Day’s vocals with anybody but him. But there’s still just something I don’t like about them. I find this to be strange because there’s nothing wrong with them. They’re not to low, not high and they’re in key. Perhaps what I don’t like is that there’s nothing special about them. They’re sort of bland in my opinion, but they’re still far from being bad.

Overall Non-Biased Rating: 4/5

Overall Biased Rating As A Metal Head: 2.5/5

Pros: Adequate instrumentals
A good fun listen
The vocals were mostly silly

Cons: Some songs ran together a bit

To be honest, I myself am not really a fan of this album, but most of what I listen to is metal, so that’s probably why. Anyone out there who really enjoy pop-punk or any similar genres you will probably love this album. I’ll say it again, I had under-rated this a tad. Or in other words I was pretty much wrong. Green Day aren’t quite as bad as I had made them out to be and this album is actually really good to listen to when you’re in a bad mood. I was in kind of a bad mood this morning and it cheered me right up. Until next time keep your stick on the ice.

Metallicaman



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metallicaman8
July 6th 2006



4677 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, I wrote this because I was somewhat ashamed of my AI review. It was biased even for a trial review, which is essentially supposed to be biased. So, I wrote this up to try and do the band justice. I know I could've just re-written my AI review, but meh.

Bron-Yr-Aur
July 6th 2006



4405 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I like it.

nag*with*a*gun
July 6th 2006



420 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

excellent review. really. its pretty good for a metalhead...lol

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
July 6th 2006



17920 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I like it.


Laafe
July 6th 2006



347 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

nice one. i listen to pop punk a lot and i like this album a lot. i cant get my f'ucking album rating to change. 4/5

Laafe
July 6th 2006



347 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

nice one. i listen to pop punk a lot and i like this album a lot. i cant get my f'ucking album rating to change. 4/5

Oddsen
July 6th 2006



1127 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

One of my favorite albums. It's fun, simple, and catchy which is good.

metallicaman8
July 6th 2006



4677 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks for the feedback, gentlemen.

Against Miik!
July 7th 2006



215 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

First album I ever bought and still one of my favorite.

The Sludge
July 7th 2006



2169 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is a classic for sure. But this album just sounds dated to me now. Like Kerplunk still sounds fresh, and I enjoy Insommiac quite a bit, but the feel of this album just diminished recently for me.

Great review, thought it was going to be one of your kooky concept ideas, but turned out to be one of your strongest reviews to date. Good job.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
July 7th 2006



17920 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Meh. This album has lost its appeal over the years.

metallicaman8
July 7th 2006



4677 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, I don't really listne to Green Day alot, so this album is still kind of crisp for me. Although, even though it's still new to me I don't like it all that much.

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
July 8th 2006



3762 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I got this for my sister's birthday the other day and took a listen, and it's OK, but the repeated powerchords got a bit meh but kudos for trying to add in as much variation as possible with what they could do.

Digging: Towers - Bel Air Highrise Plantation

overdriven101
July 9th 2006



272 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

VINTAGE GREEN DAY?! what the fuck are you on?!?!!??!

711
July 9th 2006



1342 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is probably my favorite Green Day record. I really dislike some of their newer stuff and what they have become, but albums like this remind you of what this band can really do when they just sit down, get drunk, mess around with powerchords, and have some fun.

Props on the review, by the wayThis Message Edited On 07.09.06

metallicaman8
July 9th 2006



4677 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Was there something wrong with calling this vintage green day?

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
July 9th 2006



17920 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

VINTAGE GREEN DAY?! what the **** are you on?!?!!??!

What the hell?


RandyfromPennywise
July 12th 2006



752 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

How is it rated as a "4" yet your personal rating is "2.5"? :confused:

Two-Headed Boy
July 12th 2006



4527 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This album isn't special. Basically, it's just a bunch of power chords and snotty vocals. But otherwise it was better to see Green Day when they at least had a sense of humor.

Great review.

metallicaman8
July 12th 2006



4677 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Randy, the personal rating is irrelevant because it's biased. I just put it in there because otherwise people might think I actually like green Day.



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