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by Green Day

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Don't look now, but Green Day -- those pimply punks who broke onto the charts in the mid-'90s with punchy odes to slackerdom, mental illness, and, er, self-gratification -- are suddenly rock elder statesman. On their sixth album, Warning, using their secret tonic of one part Sex Pistols, one part Beatles,


Don't look now, but Green Day -- those pimply punks who broke onto the charts in the mid-'90s with punchy odes to slackerdom, mental illness, and, er, self-gratification -- are suddenly rock elder statesman. On their sixth album, Warning, using their secret tonic of one part Sex Pistols, one part Beatles, and one part, well, Green Day, the Oakland boys have concocted their tastiest brew yet. Always fascinated by the mundane, singer/songwriter Billie Joe Armstrong gleans his lyrics for the Mersey-beat gem "Warning" from actual warning labels. And those aren't the only labels he bends; in the rollicking rave-up "Castaway," he claims to be "a conscientious objector to the war that's in my mind." Other standouts include the anthemic rocker "Church on Sunday" (featuring Benmont Tench of Tom Petty's Heartbreakers on keyboards), the toe-tappin' ditty "Hold On" (which has a harmonica intro that's a dead ringer for the one in the Beatles' "I Should Have Known Better"), the plaintive turkey-day ballad "Macy's Day Parade," and ye olde British-cum-California pub song "Misery." Warning is irrefutable evidence that "old" punks need not burn out -- or fade away.

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
By 2000, Green Day had long been spurned as unhip by the fourth-generation punks they popularized, and they didn't seem likely to replicate the MOR success of the fluke smash "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)." Apparently, the success of that ballad freed the band from any classifications or stigmas, letting them feel like they could do anything they wanted on their fifth album, Warning. They responded by embracing their fondness for pop and making the best damn album they'd ever made. There's a sense of fearlessness on Warning, as if the band didn't care if the album wasn't punk enough, or whether it produced a cross-platform hit. There are no ballads here, actually, and while there are a number of punchy, infectious rockers, the tempo is never recklessly breakneck. Instead, the focus is squarely on the songs, with the instrumentation and arrangements serving their needs. It's easy to say that Green Day have matured with this album, since they've never produced a better, more tuneful set of songs, or tried so many studio tricks and clever arrangements. However, that has the wrong connotation, since "mature" would indicate that Warning is a studious, carefully assembled album that's easier to admire than to love. That's not the case at all. This is gleeful, unabashed fun, even when Billie Joe Armstrong is getting a little cranky in his lyrics. It's fun to hear Green Day adopt a Beatlesque harmonica on "Hold On" or try out Kinks-ian music hall on "Misery," while still knocking out punk-pop gems and displaying melodic ingenuity and imaginative arrangements. Warning may not be an innovative record per se, but it's tremendously satisfying; it finds the band at a peak of songcraft and performance, doing it all without a trace of self-consciousness. It's the first great pure pop album of the new millennium.

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Reprise / Wea


Album Credits

Performance Credits

Green Day   Primary Artist
Gary Meek   Saxophone
Benmont Tench   Musician
Tre Cool   Drums
Billie Joe   Vocals
Mike Dirnt   Bass,Vocals,farfisa organ
Tal Herzberg   Hammond Organ

Technical Credits

Ken Allardyce   Engineer
David Campbell   String Arrangements
Green Day   Producer
Allen Sides   Studio Consultant
Rob Cavallo   Executive Producer
Tone   Engineer
Bill Schneider   Guitar Techician
Chris Bilheimer   Art Direction
Pat Magnarella   Management
Rick Ash   Engineer
Kenny Butler   Drum Technician
Timmy Chunks   Guitar Techician

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Warning 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album snatches you in at the beginning. Gets a little slow in the middle. Sinks you back in at the end. It had a very highly played single ''Minority'' when it first came out. It features other radio hits like the title track ''Warning'' and ''Waiting'' and Macy's Day Parade''. But the others like ''Blood,Sex, And Booze'' and ''Jackass'' are also really good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this cd is a different type of green day. i applaude them for taking a risk. however i think the song misery was to much of a risk, i did not like it. the best songs are definitely, church on sunday, deadbeat holiday, waiting, and minority. castaway is pretty good too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is sooooo cool. I love it cause Green Day rocks of course!!!!! Yet it still sounds different. Like ''softer''. It still ROCKS!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
What we have here is one of the best punk bands around doing some of their best work. ''Misery'' just blew me away as well as ''Castaway'', ''Blood, Sex, and Booze'', and just about every other song on it. One of the best albums I've heard all year.
Guest More than 1 year ago
O.k. maybe it was time for a slight change! But what we have here is Green Day unplugged - which is unfortunate because these would rock with some heavy guitar! A couple of great tunes - a couple of throwaways - the rest o.k. Plug the electric guitar in!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well I am the bigest green day fane u could ever came across but this cd was not the best but still good the problem was that a lot of the songs sounded the same so there was no reall voriety in it
Guest More than 1 year ago
People say that because of Green Day's new found maturity, there new album isn't as good as the rest of them. I totally disagree. Yes there new CD ''Warning'' is a little more poppy then the rest but it is still a very good CD. At least on Warning it doesn't sound like there drunk like on Nimrod. Green Day has had a great decade of success and there new CD ''Warning'' is another good one. Some of the best songs on Warning are ''Blood, Sex, and Booze'' , ''Church On Sunday'', ''Waiting'', ''Minority'', ''Macy's Day Parade'', and my personal favorite ''Castaway''.
Guest More than 1 year ago
hey.. i liked misery... idk if thats just me but i like this album a lot. my local library has it and every once in a while i stop by and listen to it on my cd player. its not the best... but its good
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is such a great CD! It got me though a six hour car ride, and it still hasn't gotten old! I love how every song is different so it's not just like on very long song. Love the CD, Buy it. All the songs are great.
Guest More than 1 year ago
TOO SHORT(only 12 songs, green day's shortest full album
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this CD escpecially ''minority.''
Guest More than 1 year ago
Their new album is really good, but they calmed down too much. I'd recomend it for people who liked the rest of their CD's, but anyone else should buy their other albums. Minority, Blood Sex and Booze, Jackass, and Waiting are the best songs. (Castaway is cool too.)
Guest More than 1 year ago
this cd is really good and i liked it a lot. the best songs were minority, deadbeat holiday, castaway, and warning was pretty good too. i didn't like blood, sex, and booze, but other than that, it was a good cd.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What's with the closed minds people? Grow up, as Green Day has. This album is the best they've ever done. It's innovative (They play acoustic as electrics and sound like nothing else today), yet still catchy as hell. pay attention: EVERY SONG IS INCREDIBLE!! These other people just like the songs that sound like Green Day but the ones that are fresh (Hold On, Misery, etc.) are great too. You don't get better music than Waiting, Macy's Day Parade, Warning, and on and on. If you like Green Day or just like great music BUY WARNING you wont be disappointed. Screw these other loser reviewers. It's their loss
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is totally my favorite green day cd even though i love the 1,039 Smooth album. This is a very different green day cd if you compare it to their other albums--i love every song on this record. Go buy it now!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's taken me a while to grab a hold of Green Day's new cd, Warning: (about a year!), but the wait was worth it! Sure, some of the songs contain a little more pop than some of us punk fans would approve of, but how can you help loving them anyway? I do wish Warning had as many songs as Nimrod (because that cd rocked!); I suppose this will do for now. Warning is a great comeback cd, and probably a fresh, new start for the wonderful guys of Green Day.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Altough it may be an unplugged cd it's still good,altough nimrod was better. ''Minority'', ''Warning'', and ''Castaway'' were the only really really good songs on it. But for waiting for 4 years to get their new cd it was a bit of a drag. But it's still a really good cd [for people who like unplugged guitars!]
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just bought the cd the other day and I can't get enough of it. The songs are fun and creative. Anyone can appreciate it. A cd that makes you smile and rock out in the car. I love ''church on Sunday.'' Very catchy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Greenday makes another smashing CD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have almost all of Green Day's CD's and this sure doesn't sound like 'em... it might sound good to some people but i sure miss the speed and catchiness of their other CD's. I found it overall a disapointment. I do like Minority and Church on Sunday though.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The CD has a lot of great songs, but as a whole its kinda disapointing. One reason for this may be that I had heard the song "warning"so much before I got the CD that I'm kinda sick of it(but not of the video) Blood Sex and Booze, Church on Sunday, Hold On, Macy's Day Parade and Jackass are good, but no better than most of their other songs Fashion Victim has great lyrics, but the music sounds almost exactly like "Redundant" Castaway is a very good song, but not great. Deadbeat Holiday, Waiting, and Minority are my three favorite songs on the CD and three of the best the band has ever done, and... Misery???I don't know what to say about this song. It's really wierd. I still can't figure out all the different instuments they used and its alot longer than normal. I originally didn't like it, but the tune is quite catchy. Overall, the CD is better than Dookie, but not at the lever of International Superhits(not even close)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Green Day. The only song i really liked on this Album was beat Holiday. I mean other songs were good but none really caught my attention. I like Insomniac better.
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