• Record Label: Reprise
  • Release Date: Oct 3, 2000

Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. Crucially, his knack for simple punk tunes remains unchanged; also crucially, these do fine at moderate tempos, and one even gives off a whiff of Brecht-Weill. There are worse ways to come down off a multiplatinum high-lots of them.
  2. The album's darn spooky good... Shelving the old Green Day wall of guitars (Dookie and Insomniac) in favor of the youngest (and best) Pete Townshend mod-clanky buzz opens up the band's sound dramatically; it's airy and spacious, lots of room for the vocals. The whole thing breathes with neat ambiences.
  3. 90
    Warning may not only be the most beautiful Green Day LP but also the bravest. [#48, p.93]
  4. Warning may not be an innovative record, per se -- it's a pop album through and through -- but it's tremendously satisfying, finding the band at a peak of songcraft and performance. There hasn't been a better pure pop album since Supergrass' In It for the Money, another record by a young band that did it all and did it without a trace of self-consciousness.
  5. The band's musical range has also broadened a bit.
  6. Mar 8, 2011
    Old fans who would have enjoyed such messages in the past might not like them packaged with such clean music, but they'd be missing the point. Real old school punks know that punk is about following your own path, and that's just what Green Day are doing.
  7. At first, it may sound void of the instantly accessible pile of hits from Dookie and the handful more from Insomniac, but the album's social conscience and cunning lyrics make it a Warning to be heeded.
  8. The California-based trio continues its exploration of more straight-ahead rock and pop with surprisingly strong results.
  9. Green Day has never made a record so slick and musically mature.
  10. Green Day's melodies are as delicious as ever, and the band continues to integrate acoustic guitar into its sound without getting all granola on us. But as a songwriter, Armstrong's neither here nor there, unable to fully abandon his goofball roots but not stretching far enough to score the breakaway great album he's always seemed capable of writing.
  11. 60
    By design, the band doesn't rock as hard as it used to. Doesn't punk as hard as it used to, either. [12/2000, p.215]
  12. 60
    Green Day remain the ultimate big-shorts party band. [Nov. 2000, p.116]
  13. The once-giddy melodies now settle for midtempo jangle or novelty...
  14. Hugely likeable, terribly noisy and cute, as well as being jammed with proper pop songs... [Nov. 2000, p.102]
  15. Green Day have created a great punk-meets-rock album.
  16. You're going to have to dig through a barrage of radio-ready songs to find the excitement of previous albums.
  17. The Day's trademark bubblegum punk rock guitars have all been turned down in favour of a less electric, more organic sound. Where once they rocked out, now they polka on the awful Levellers-like 'Fashion Victim' - a song about Gianni Versace. Please.... 'Warning' is the sound of a band losing its way.
  18. 20
    Warning is the sound of three men growing old far too gracefully.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 66 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Sep 19, 2014
    For me, clearly worst album from Green Day since they become popular, Little disappointing, especially after great "street" pop-punk albumFor me, clearly worst album from Green Day since they become popular, Little disappointing, especially after great "street" pop-punk album Insomniac, when they`re elevating their self-loathing and by american symbols-powered sense of loyalty to place, where they`re grown. But still not bad, even, very good. The sound and pace of songs are too much not-punk, but, well, it was an album of ex-rockers, in time, when their glory looks gone forever. Full Review »
  2. Jun 11, 2014
    Green Day, Green Day, Green Day. No wonder you never attempt anything new. For years in the 90s, Green Day released album after album ofGreen Day, Green Day, Green Day. No wonder you never attempt anything new. For years in the 90s, Green Day released album after album of short, mediocre punk rock music. Their 1997 album Nimrod began to change things up a bit, but it was still, for the most part, punk. Then, Green Day made this album; an album which, in my opinion, is one of their best records, and is by far my personal favorite Green Day record. It's so different, and not-punk. It doesn't have useless cursing every other lyric, and when cursing is there it feels entirely necessary, and it feels like it's there to prove a point. Musically it's great, like usual. Guitar-wise it's one of their best;with Billie Joe Armstrong relying less on power-chords, and more on finger-pick-y, major/minor chords. Bass-wise it's equally as good, but that's just because bassist Mike Dirnt is one of the best bassists that doesn't rely solely on slapping to be great (i.e Flea). It's not drummer Tre Cools best album, but it does feature some great drumming from one of the best drummers ever (key phrase: one of the best). However, all this in mind, this album is by far Green Day's least successful album; critically, commercially, and fan-wise. It has, however, become one of those albums which people now see the beauty in (like Smashing Pumpkin's Adore), but it's all forsaken by the fact that it's almost ten years after the album came out, it doesn't matter anymore. This is one of two Green Day albums where they tried something totally interesting and new; the other being American Idiot. This album was stylistically new, at least by Green Day standards, and American Idiot was huge, and grandiose, and simply epic. The epic-ness would be repeated on 21st Century Breakdown, and the albums following (Uno!, Dos!, and Tre!), would be their attempt at a return to their punk roots (key word: attempt). This album does, however, have it's share of punk quickies, but very few, with only three that I'd call punk in the sense that it's retreading old territory; "Fashion Victim" (great song), "Castaway" (good song), and "Jackass" (okay song). All the other songs bring something new to the table, from acoustic-y folk rock ("Warning"), to polka-sounding European marches ("Misery"), to early 2000s pop jams ("Waiting"), to simply beautiful acoustic ballads ("Macy's Day Parade"). I'd say there's only one song that doesn't really do much for me, which would be "Jackass". That isn't to say that all the other songs are great either, "Castaway" drags a bit at only 3:53, featuring very repetitive, trite choruses, and "Deadbeat Holiday" is rather unfocused shifting clumsily from verses attempting to sound, for lack of a better word, epic, to pop/punk choruses. However, the other nine songs on the album truly make up for these slight faults. This almost flawless collection of songs, pitted with Green Day's, as always, tight production style, leaves the listener with a solid album, sure to leave him/her with an urge to listen through the albums again.

    There are two songs which didn't really fit in the narrative of my review, which I feel the need to mention; "Church on Sunday" and "Minority". "Church on Sunday" is a song I can connect with a lot, especially (and I know I'm taking it ("If I promise to go to church on Sunday/ will you go with me on Friday night?") too literally, and that's on purpose) because I'm a Jew living in America, a mostly Christian country. Even if I'm not a practicing Jew, it's still very connectable, and is just in general a great song about compromise. "Minority" on the other hand is a great cross between folk rock and punk rock, with, apparently, political undertones. Personally, I've never been able to precisely distinguish said political undertones, and really only see it being political as people constantly describe it as such.
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  3. Mar 7, 2013
    Excellent work by Green Day. I think it's better than Nimrod, although there isn't a real masterpiece (like Good Riddance). However Minority,Excellent work by Green Day. I think it's better than Nimrod, although there isn't a real masterpiece (like Good Riddance). However Minority, Waiting and Macy's Day Parade are nice. I also like Warning and Castaway. Full Review »