Pop Punk legends, Green Day are a band who need no introduction. In fact, the 2004 hit “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” is such a relatable song for many coupled with its surprising energetic vibe. And Despite the comical meaning behind the band’s name, Green Day has still built quite a solid reputation over the years. Building a strong foundation since 1987, most turn to 1994’s Dookie as a massive turning point for the band with such memorable songs as “Basket Case” and “When I Come Around,” but a decade later they blew up the mainstream scene with 2004’s American Idiot (the album which features the aforementioned “Boulevard of Broken Dreams”). Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame back in 2015, they still continue to deliver intriguing music to their fans, and hope to continue to do so with their new album Saviors.
Their fourteenth studio album, Saviors, a joint collaboration with Producer Rob Cavallo arrives on January 19, 2024 through Reprise Records. Highly anticipated for months now by fans, the buzz is legitimate, because the nearly 46 minute long fifteen track album is bursting at the seams with rockin’ tunes. With cerebral heavy lyrics written by Lead Vocalist Billie Joe Armstrong, rounding out the group are Mike Dirnt on bass/backing vocals and Tré on drums. Like much of their prior efforts, the dynamic trio looks at societal issues closely with a magnifying glass on Saviors.
That in mind, despite the seriousness of the lyrics, the band infuses an energetic beat into each song and has one jumping about with a fist pumping the air. Each song has a unique tempo driven by the interplay of vocals, guitar riffs and drum beats.
For example, “The American Dream is Killing” perfectly expresses the mental chaos of striving to attain that dream we have all been conditioned to covet. This is while “Look Ma No Brains” sheds a light at the plight of many students today that may have fallen through the cracks. And then there is “Bobby Socks” which touches on the strangeness of the dating world.
Furthermore, the accelerandos in some of these tracks will certainly help warm up those auditory sensors. So, be prepared to lose track of time, because you more than likely get lost within much of the album. Looking further into it all, others like “Dilemma” are certainly a mirror reflection of the road traveled by many struggling to co-exist. With the landfill of social ills as a backdrop – strange days are here to stay. That stated, trying to make sense out of a chaotic world that we find ourselves in is a difficult one. However, “Fancy Sauce” delves into the reality of mental illness.
The emotional twists Saviors honestly really hit home. In all, you get a good dose of feeling and emotional angst thanks to Armstrong’s vocals and insightful lyrics. With each song standing out individually, the album still flows smoothly until the end. Just a few words of advice though… do not forget to stock up on your favorite foods before the munchies crave comes to break down your door like impish Gremlins! This is just a temporary side effect of listening to Green Day. If this was not enough, Green Day are also set to begin their Savior Tour with plans to play tunes off of both Dookie and American Idiot! In enough words, just savor the taste and experience everything, because Cryptic Rock gives Saviors 5 out of 5 stars.