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Saviors: The truth behind Green Day’s newest album

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Green Day’s new album “Saviors” released January 18, with 15 tracks stretching to 46 minutes of pure angst. Green Day is known for being very outspoken about their views, this being the reason a lot of people love them and a lot of people hate them.
The album opens with “The American Dream Is Killing Me.” This song has a deeper message about the average American’s life, hence “The American Dream.” The lyrics speak for themselves and they speak very loudly: “People on the street unemployed and obsolete. Did you ever learn to read the ransom note? Don’t want no huddled masses, TikTok and taxes, under the overpass sleeping in broken glass.”
The song “Look Ma, No Brain!” was less of a heavy hitter lyrically. The lyrics such as “I said look ma, I ain’t got no brains I’m a goner and I don’t feel no pain,” just fell flat compared to some of the other music in their discography.
This song will be better in a concert setting since it is easily memorable and would make crowd control easier due to its repetitiveness. It has a good sound, but it seems like it was ripped straight out of the beginning of an early 2000’s movie, which could be the intent.
Songs like “Bobby Sox” and “One Eyed Bastard” didn’t really sit well with many listeners; the repetitiveness began to become less tasteful and more like unnecessary noise. “One Eyed Bastard” sounded like a bad attempt at replicating their old sound, and it just ended up sounding like a poorly written Arctic Monkeys song.
Surprisingly, the song “Dilemma” saved the listening experience for many fans. The lyrics hold their own, and are very strong. With lyrics such as “Welcome to my nightmare, where dreams go to disappear. Sit around in rehab feeling like a lab rat.”
Billie’s vocals on this song are what made this album enjoyable. The bridge really grabs the listener; it has a soft melody, disrupting from the punk rock sound to the rest of the song.
Then there are songs like “1981” and “Goodnight Adeline” that prove their lyrical ability as a band. This makes it all the more disappointing with songs like “Coma City” and “Corvette Summer.”
The album sounds like they’re going for a softer sound, which is okay. In all, It leaves the listener wishing they took a little more time with their lyrics, feeling almost as if something was missing. Green Day does softer songs well, they just needed more depth in their lyrics with the songs “Coma City” and “Corvette Summer”.
Nearing the end of this album, there’s “Father to a Son.” It is evident when the band took time and effort to write a song and when they didn’t. This song is beautiful; it has an amazing melody and great vocals from Armstrong.
For the final song on this album there’s “Fancy Sauce.” This song has very little complaints about this song, seeing as the band’s ability to tell a story through lyrics really pulls through. The band has the ability to tell the listener a story without droning on.
Overall, this album had strong and weak points, which is disappointing for Green Day, especially after seeing how great their music can be, seeing as their albums Dookie, Insomniac, and Nimrod, got so much recognition for their lyrical credibility in the late 90’s.

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Josie Siegrist, Staff Writer
Josie Siegrist (she/her) is a junior at Hayes High School. This is her first year on staff. She plays guitar and listens to music in her free time. She loves music, reading, being surrounded by friends and family, creative writing and composing music.
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