I got a promo yesterday. It's absolute rubbish.
Track 1 is Helena by MCR.
Track 2 is Smash but with an AFI Chours.
Track 3 is Panic at the Disco.
Track 4 saves it from being a complete farce.
Track 5 is 30 Seconds to Mars.
The rest is actual Green Day. The last track is the most shameless rip off of American Idiot I've ever heard. It's the same riff. The same production. The same structure.
I used to love this band. First album I ever bought was Americana about 10 years ago. I can't hate this album, but it's poor. It's embarrassing. These guys are in their 40s, this is album number 8 and in some vein struggle for relevance they've reinvented their sound by way of ripping off every band that's been pop punk and been popular in the last 3 years. They shouldn't NEED to do this. They brought the very genre they are now seeking to emulate, into the public eye. I just don't understand it.
The production is crud too. It's so bland. Guitars merge into one. The bass has no definition and even Josh Freese playing is bland, which is a shame.
All of the up beat tracks have mainly the same melody in the chorus too.
It does get 1 point though for being the first Offspring album since Smash with no novelty single.