Green Day - 'Father Of All...'

5/10

Over the last decade or so, the legacy of Green Day has been rocky at best. Despite being one of the most prominent names in the US punk scene throughout the 90s and 00s, the last decade has been sketchy at best for the energetic trio. Since the year 2010, the band released a trio of poorly received LPs, dubbed 'Uno!', 'Dos!' and 'Tre!', in 2012, but then managed to salvage something with their 2016 record 'Revolution Radio'. Now onto record number thirteen, 'Father Of All...' sees them slip back into that uninspired time that has plagued their career in recent years.

What was so refreshing about 'Revolution Radio' is that it seemed that Green Day had their bite back once again. A frenzy of anthemic guitars and frantic pace gave that release a short, sharp boost that just seems to be absent from this latest collection. Despite its brief runtime of just 26 minutes, 'Father Of All...' never really finds its sound or what it is looking to be in terms of direction. Missing much of their trademark energy, the release stumbles from one half-baked idea to the next, and never really finds its footing or an identity to latch onto.

There are the odd moments of fun on here, but it just seems lack any form of bold and memorable material that would keep us coming back to listen time and time again. With the last twenty years of their career littered with misses, this is one of the biggest misses we have heard so far and almost feels like they should either find their spark again or just stick to touring their hits from now on.

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