‘Rev­o­lu­tion Ra­dio’ is Green Day back on straight and nar­row

Kuwait Times - - WEEKENDER -

Rev­o­lu­tion Ra­dio sees Green Day back on the straight and nar­row, a dozen po­tent tunes en­cas­ing the punk at­ti­tude with plenty of pop hooks. The band shakes off a few years in the wilder­ness, in­clud­ing per­sonal crises and artis­tic di­ver­sions, with a no-frills col­lec­tion in which they work from a clean slate with­out los­ing their col­lec­tive mem­ory. There’s no over­all concept, noth­ing re­ally in­no­va­tive, but there’s room for the top­i­cal and am­ple raw­ness in sounds and feel­ings.

First sin­gle “Bang Bang” is in­hab­ited by the “semi-au­to­matic lonely boy” who seeks to be a “celebrity mar­tyr,” while “Out­laws” is a doomed power-cum-mur­der bal­lad with a quiet/loud/quiet dy­namic like Ra­dio­head’s “Creep.” Also mak­ing their mark are “Bounc­ing Off the Wall,” a bit of an­ar­chy in the USA; “For­ever Now,” which hides a three-part, seven-minute opus be­hind a much-used ti­tle while clos­ing with a reprise of open­ing track “Some­where Now;” and “Still Breath­ing,” a kind of sur­vival of the least dis­turbed where a “home that’s for the rest­less” is about as good as it gets.

There are some echoes of early Clash in the ti­tle track, mostly the open­ing riff, the song ti­tle and a few lines like “le­gal­ize the truth.” It’s easy to imag­ine the late Joe Strum­mer com­ment­ing on “the dawn of the new air­waves for the anti-so­cial me­dia,” won­der­ing why kids are check­ing his boom box for a Blue­tooth con­nec­tion.

Singer and gui­tarist Bil­lie Joe Arm­strong’s most re­cent New Year’s res­o­lu­tion was “to de­stroy the phrase ‘pop-punk’ for­ever.” On “Rev­o­lu­tion Ra­dio,” he and the rest of band fail splen­didly. — AP

This cover im­age re­leased by Warner Bros Records shows “Rev­o­lu­tion Ra­dio,” the lat­est re­lease by Green Day. — AP

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