12 Songs, 44 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Green Day get back to basics. After more than a decade of rock operas and stunt releases, the Bay Area trio sound liberated by their 12th LP’s lack of conceit. This is simple yet ferocious pop-punk, from a band that can deliver it—as they do with flame-throwing single “Bang Bang,” and the bouncy delirium of “Youngblood,” wherein frontman Billie Joe Armstrong rhymes “supernova” with “cherry cola.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

Green Day get back to basics. After more than a decade of rock operas and stunt releases, the Bay Area trio sound liberated by their 12th LP’s lack of conceit. This is simple yet ferocious pop-punk, from a band that can deliver it—as they do with flame-throwing single “Bang Bang,” and the bouncy delirium of “Youngblood,” wherein frontman Billie Joe Armstrong rhymes “supernova” with “cherry cola.”

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