Green Day
Insomniac


4.5
superb

Review

by Flashmobba USER (23 Reviews)
June 11th, 2017 | 12 replies


Release Date: 1995 | Tracklist

Review Summary: No sap, no soap, just the sound of three guys rocking out in a garage.

After blasting to stardom with their smash hit Dookie, the Californian trio of Green Day found themselves to be punk rock's hottest topic. And with good reason, as 1994's Dookie was nothing short of astounding, delivering standout tracks such as Longview, Welcome to Paradise and When I Come Around. So the eve of 1995 brought the spotlight on Green Day. Could they dish out another punk rock masterpiece to rival their magnum opus" Hell yes, as Insomniac not only meets its lofty expectations, it skyrockets through.
Though considered rather tame and receiving lukewarm reviews compared to its predecessor, Insomniac might just be Green Day's finest hour, let alone their best album of the 90's.

The beauty of punk rock lies in its austerity; killer hooks, crass attitude and an immense adrenaline rush that listening to it brings about. Though it may seem formulaic at times, Armstrong and Co. execute it with such finesse they make it look easy. Which brings us to the album's greatest strength; the three aren't trying so hard, in fact all the songs may seem identical at first listen. But like all brilliant records, repeated listens truly uncover the gifts this album has to offer. There's no sappy ballads, no head-scratching moments; just balls-out madness and fun.

That's not to say the album is repetitive or dull with a daunting stretch of 14 tracks; each song benefits from great songwriting with tremendously powerful guitar hooks, stellar basslines and maddening drumming, as well as Billie Joe's charismatic vocal performance. Some tracks benefit from this amalgamation more than others, especially Geek Stink Breath, Stuck With Me and Stuart and the Ave.. Elsewhere, some songs are characteristically captivating such as the adrenaline-fueled Jaded or Panic Song, where Billie starts his cynical preaching after a minute-and-a-half of drum rolls and guitarplay. Which brings us to the record's lyrical content; it's got some of Armstrong's most nihilistic and depressing, like "Stranded...lost inside myself - My own worst friend - My own closest enemy - Branded...maladjusted - Never trusted anyone - Let alone myself..." off opener Armatage Shanks, while Brain Stew's title is quite self-explanatory. However, Billie's sing-song caterwauling mirrors each track's inherent pessimism as seemingly joyful and apathetic.

In short, Insomniac is the sound of three guys just rocking out in their garage and having fun. Thankfully, they were kind enough to let us in on their mirth. An amalgam of rock's versatility and punk's nonchalance, Insomniac is a criminally underrated record that demands your attention. If the title holds true, you might become an insomniac yourself rocking out in your bedroom all night while the neighbours tell you to shut the heck up. Well, that's when you know it's a killer album.

Recommended Tracks:
Geek Stink Breath
Stuck With Me
Stuart and the Ave.
Jaded
86



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Flashmobba
June 11th 2017


1063 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

wanted to dish out a little review, wish they returned to this sound. Pos's and feedback appreciated!

deathschool
June 11th 2017


23030 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Why you doing this?

SoccerRiot
June 11th 2017


5383 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

album rules

claygurnz
June 11th 2017


5081 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Favourite GD

Drifter
June 11th 2017


14743 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good album

Flashmobba
June 11th 2017


1063 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

@death huh i explained why buddy

cmon guys any feedback, this album deserves more attention

Crawl
June 11th 2017


2544 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Brain Stew might be their best song imo.

Joeman82
June 11th 2017


935 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice to see someone else acknowledges this is the best GD. Stuart is my fav GD song with Walking Contradiction and 86 being in my top 5.

Flashmobba
June 11th 2017


1063 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

cheers man!

Drifter
June 11th 2017


14743 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Best green day is 1039. Especially 1,000 hours ep which is the best piece of music ever created

Drifter
June 11th 2017


14743 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

T b h

Flashmobba
June 12th 2017


1063 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

To me their best moments are the stretch from Longview to Basket Case



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