Revolution Radio

Green Day - Revolution Radio
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Based on 32 reviews
2016 Ratings: #791 / 959
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Based on 521 ratings
2016 Ratings: #551
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Entertainment Weekly
America’s foremost punks have been plenty ambitious with their most recent albums... But on their 12th studio LP they’re dialing down the excess, and the result is a focused set that rocks as fearlessly as their Gilman Street glory days.
Every great downfall deserves a redemption, however, and with ‘Revolution Radio’, Green Day now have theirs.
Rolling Stone

Revolution Radio isn't just hot nostalgia. It reflects decades of accrued emotional and musical wisdom.

Pretty Much Amazing

By scaling back from the overambitious sentiments of albums since 21st Century Breakdown and returning to the simple yet effective power chord structure of earlier Green Day, the trio manages to make Revolution Radio both personal and timely for a country going through the same sense of dislocation they themselves have all too recently experienced.

A.V. Club
The best tracks cry with the frustration of someone who simply can’t resign themselves to their world, their place in it, and most of all, themselves.
Here, Green Day have nothing more in mind than righting their ship, and that's precisely what they do.

Though there are several issues that inevitably drag it down, this is a good record that finally proves the band is willing to move upward.


Revolution Radio is a loud, energized power-pop album in moody punk clothing. It sounds pretty goddamn radiant when it’s playing and leaves little impression when it isn’t.

Slant Magazine

There's something to be said about a white guy of Armstrong's profile speaking out so virulently against America's culture of violence, racially motivated or otherwise. But on Revolution Radio, his more personal songs are far more endearing.

Their latest is the most Green Day-sounding Green Day record in a decade-and-a-half, one that sees the band playing to all their strengths musically.
The Guardian
There’s still a tendency for things to get a little sixth-form common room, particularly in the empty sloganeering of the title track (“legalise the truth”; “anti-social media”), but it’s good to see that there’s life in the old punks yet.

The Green Day of two decades ago, all power chords and bubbling angst were alternative heroes, rebels with cause. With ‘Revolution Radio’ the band now sit comfortably with their outsider status - and age


Revolution Radio ends up being a pretty good album. There are a handful of tracks here that are more memorable than anything on the 2012 trilogy.

Drowned in Sound

Revolution Radio, whilst feeling a little like a pastiche of their forms selves, sees the trio steering a steadier course on more reliable ground.


There is nothing groundbreaking among these 12 new tracks and it never reaches the heights of American Idiot – which remains the trio’s high-water mark – but there is much to be admired in the simplicity of Green Day’s return.


Their latest ... has little effect on their legacy and lapses into pandering, embarrassing lyrical misfires.

Consequence of Sound
In a career filled with euphoric highs and honorable lows, this might be the first album that sits exactly on the middle of the scale, dipping its toes into every possible outcome but refusing to dive in and embrace either comfort or chaos.
No Ripcord

Aside from Billie Joe’s willingness to open up on more troubling personal issues, of which he only hints, the majority of Revolution Radio is all sheen and no spark.


This is, disappointingly, an album that goes nowhere fast. It had all the potential to kick things back into gear for the next phase of Green Day, and yet instead gave us more of the same.

The Needle Drop
Green Day's latest release isn't quite as cringeworthy as I was expecting, but there are still plenty of cringes to be had.

Y"know what? I actually really enjoyed this album!

I mean, yeah, a few tracks on here sound a lot like b-sides off of "American Idiot", but I would take these moments all day over ANYTHING off of the Uno...Dos..Tre... trilogy or 21st Century Breakdown. Not to mention this is one of Green Days more loud and fast-paced albums, also is really great in terms of the political side of the band. Some songs like "Bang Bang" or "Revolution Radio" are great modern punk ... read more


I feel the same way about this as I did for the Macklemore album: some good moments, but overall this comes off as very corny. Green Day had their peak in the 90's and a resurgence when American Idiot came out, but now they are well out of their prime. Their formula on this album is extremely obvious, and the shoddy production makes this even harder to stomach. I don't wanna bad-talk these guys too much, because I played their stuff throughout my childhood. But ever since 21st Century ... read more


Christ this fell off. 'This is probably one of the more intense and fast albums Green Day has put out since their inception, but still has the theatrical sensibilities from their more recent efforts (and I do mean efforts). It's fun, intense, and in all honesty, what we may need right now.' was my original review, but now? God...this feels so stale!

Favorite Jams: Bouncing Off The Wall, Bang Bang, Forever Now

Lest Favorite: Say Goodbye


This album is pretty good, very front loaded with only 3 back half songs with the slightest chance to compare to the first 6 (Still Breathing, Youngblood, and Forever Now). We start off with a nice acoustic guitar line leading into some great guitars and drums. Somewhere Now is just a great opener followed by the two singles which are pretty good. Solid melodic vocals on Say Goodbye, a little bit of a lull worth a ton of cringes on Outlaws. Great three track run with Bouncing Off The Wall into ... read more


Well for a fair while this has been my favorite Green Day album, but since I’ve no clue why, when there’s this much mid or even trashy songs… I still manage to enjoy some of them, since it’s not… father of all…
Damn I’ve done it again



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Added on: August 11, 2016