Once upon a time, there were many who assumed there was no such thing as a 'popular' punk rock band; Green Day had then emerged onto the scene, and life itself became a walking contradiction. Insomniac's bitterness and swell amount of maturity is hidden just a bit by the adolescence of Billie Joe, Mike Dirnt, and Tre Cool. Each song is every bit as rousing as they are sarcastic, and the musicianship just doesn't seem to let up. For a hardcore Green Day fanatic, this album is a must-have.
In some ways, merely the "darker Dookie". Not a total repeat however - it does manage to set itself apart with nice anxiety-ridden vibes all the way through, and though still slick-sounding it's noticeably rough around the edges - a bit less pop, and though it's constantly self-deprecating, a bit more confident.