Green Day's latest album, Father of All... is a throwback record in it's truest sense. It's reminiscent of their brief side project Foxboro Hot Tubs - but produced and crafted better. This music sounds like 60's rock, but ya know... Green Day's version of that. Everything is produced to sound old. Everything is written to sound a bit old. Green Day took almost everything they've done in the past, completely pushed it aside, and did something entirely different. The payoff is big. It's a great record.
Green Day chose to work with Butch Walker for their 26-minute incursion into lo-fi rock 'n' roll and the pairing worked perfectly. Whether that's on the title track of the record or on songs like "Oh Yeah!" the band and their producer accomplished what they wanted to get done; overdriven amps, short rock anthems, and melodies/hooks that haven't been popular in new music in fifty years. No other band could get away with putting out a record like this and I don't think a different producer could help them complete their vision the way Walker did.
You can say a lot of things about the Green Day album. It's a new direction. It's meant for a niche audience, not exactly the Green Day favorite. It's short. It's a throwback. It's all of those things. It's also a huge risk from a band that's been running strong for over thirty years. It would have been really easy to throw together something similar to Revolution Radio and move on with world tour. Instead, they did something entirely different and incredibly brilliant. If you're a fan of good music, then you'll be a big fan of this record.