Green Day
iDOS!


4.0
excellent

Review

by risingabove USER (2 Reviews)
April 27th, 2014 | 31 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Although Green Day are way past their prime, it's still nice to see that they still have the energy and spirit that they did 20 years ago.

The trilogy often gets ragged on by a lot of people, many of them people who used to be big Green Day fans themselves. While iUNO! wasn't that good of an album, the other two were decent in their own right and provided fanboys like me with some temporary hope that maybe, maybe they had some life left in them. Even though iTRE! was a great conclusion to the trilogy, it shouldn't be the album that Green Day go out on, especially when they have the potential to do so much better. Looking through this site's ratings for it, iDOS! seems to be the album that people hate the most, which puzzles me. In my mind, iUNO! should be the record with the 2.2 average - overproduction, lazy lyrics and generic songwriting plagued the band's poppiest album to date.

iDOS! was billed as the "garage rock" album of the trilogy, and it definitely lives up to that name. Tracks like "Stop When the Red Lights Flash" or "Stray Heart" wouldn't sound out of place on a Foxboro Hot Tubs record. It definitely has a grittier and darker feel than iUNO! or even iTRE!, both of which contain their fair share of cringeworthy pop moments. If anything, DOS! might get the slight edge because it's not as poppy as the rest. The riffs are rather basic, there's nothing special, but they're played more furiously than on any other record in the trio. "Ashley" is vintage Green Day, because I really enjoy Billie's sneering vocal performance on it. Delivered with anger and even a hint of snideness, it's energetic and upbeat, just like classic songs "When I Come Around" and "Letterbomb". The same applies to "Makeout Party" and "Lady Cobra" - its riffs combined with Billie's vocals make it a very enjoyable faux-Green Day experience. Even though "Fuck Time" is hilariously bad, it's still got the energy despite its godawful lyrics.

iDOS! isn't a perfect album though, not even close. For starters, "Nightlife" is the worst song they've ever written, while rapper Lady Cobra's attempts at raising dicks fails utterly. "Wild One" is boring and contrived, it wouldn't seem out of place on a Matchbox Twenty or Goo Goo Dolls album. Mid-paced zzzers never work, especially for Green Day. Perhaps the worst thing about this album is that lyrically, it's an embarrassment. From the juvenile ode to kinky sex that is "Fuck Time" to "Makeout Party"'s stupid lines about playing teenage party games, it's clear that Armstrong was not sober during the recording process. To belittle the process, I've collected every single line on the album that made me cringe.

"Dirty thoughts and a dirty mind / Ooh, baby, it's fuck time" - Fuck Time

"She gave up on Jesus for living on Venus... drinking the Kool-Aid, I jumped on the grenade" - Wild One

"Do you wanna spin the bottle, play a game of chicken? Well, I'm just gonna kiss you til your lips are bleeding. Truth or dare!" - Makeout Party

"Do you wanna play a game of twister like a dirty old man with a babysitter?" - Lady Cobra

Hope there's more in your pants than a bus route, feelin your sugar coated balls" - Nightlife

Wow, that dirty dress is so loud! - Wow! That's Loud

These lyrics aren't even delivered with the snide, teenage brash that sang about jerking off Billie's willie or smoking pot all day. These are the insane ramblings of a drugged-up alcoholic who legitimately thinks it's acceptible to say this at age 40. Goddamn it. At least there aren't any pedophilia references... that'll be saved for iTRE!

Overall, iDOS! definitely proves itself to be more than a 2.2. Although Green Day are way past their prime, it's still nice to see that they still have the energy and spirit that they did 20 years ago. Musically, it can be a bit generic, but no one's looking for anything innovative. It's a fun little ditty, meant for fanboys like me who truly love most of the band's work. Although the demos may give it the more garage rock feel it wants, the album's dip into a different genre adds more flavor and substance, which as missing from their last two albums.


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risingabove
April 27th 2014


75 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I put this off for so long. First review plugbros.



Next up is BTMI.

Green Baron
April 27th 2014


24899 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

yeah you're the guy on plug who keeps switching names. UCONN to JeffRosenstockMadeMeGay to Dayton I

forgot



EDIT: I think you can bypass the swear filter another way than enlarging the text but I forgot it

risingabove
April 27th 2014


75 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

a 2.5? I thought you worshipped Green Day



also happy plugging

Snake.
April 27th 2014


21823 Comments


Disagree with the rating hard. pos tho

risingabove
April 27th 2014


75 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'm new to the art of reviewing, what does pos mean?



Also, can I get some feedback so I know how to improve?

Snake.
April 27th 2014


21823 Comments


Pos as in positive feedback. Neg as in negative feedback. Welcome to Sputnik.

risingabove
April 27th 2014


75 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'm not new, I've been here since Joined 10-29-13. I just mostly lurked and commented. I took a hiatus because the site became unproffesional with the stupid DICK DICK SEMEN COCK SEX PENIS VAGINA PORN STAR PENIS SHIT DILDO lists. But I am back.

SharkTooth
April 27th 2014


14139 Comments


I think those died out when one of the accounts got banned or something, anyway, on most review, there would be a thing
that goes "is this review well written: YES or NO" that's where Pos and Neg comes from

Son of Mr. Pain
April 27th 2014


25021 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

A 4.5? Good goddamn. Album is so bad.

VaxXi
April 27th 2014


4418 Comments


If I had a dollar for every Trilogy review...

Green Baron
April 27th 2014


24899 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

dat curve

scottpilgrim10
April 27th 2014


4750 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Lazy Bones and Wow! That's Loud >

risingabove
April 27th 2014


75 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Lazy Bones does rip off Novacaine though.



See, this is the exact type of response I don't understand. I love the trilogy, except for UNO, but opinions I guess.

VheissuCrisis
Emeritus
April 27th 2014


1387 Comments


Its odd to see someone reference the album average in a review.

risingabove
April 27th 2014


75 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

but it proves my point, that it gets too much hate.

Son of Mr. Pain
April 27th 2014


25021 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Doesn't get enough hate.

Green Baron
April 27th 2014


24899 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

It may not be great but it's not a "terrible" album. There's some good stuff and some shit.



Hence my 2.5

risingabove
April 27th 2014


75 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

a 2.5 is underrating it though

Green Baron
April 27th 2014


24899 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

it's a 2.8 honestly, loads better than my 1.9 UNO.

risingabove
April 27th 2014


75 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

maybe it is, but I'm a green Day fanboy



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