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  • Summary: The 13th full-length studio release for the Northern California punk trio was produced with Chris Dugan and Butch Walker.
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Meet Me on the Roof
I'm crawling on the dance floor (Dance floor) I think I lost my phone Feeling like a toothache (Toothache) My face is going numb I beg 1000... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 25
  2. Negative: 2 out of 25
  1. 90
    Father of All Motherfuckers is a danceable, feel-good pop album with some really stellar songwriting and, after the impotent Revolution Radio and the ludicrous ¡Uno!, ¡Dos!, ¡Tré! trilogy, seeing Green Day branch out a bit and succeed at something different is refreshing. It’s a sign of artists with a great deal of range and imagination who are far from done surprising us.
  2. Q Magazine
    Feb 4, 2020
    80
    By its very nature, Father Of All... is slight compared to a sprawling magnum opus such as 2009's 21st Century Breakdown, but it's close to impossible to emerge from its rapid-fire near-half-hour without a smile on your face. [Mar 2020, p.112]
  3. These songs feel like the bratty little brothers of the likes of ‘Castaway’ and ‘Blood, Sex And Booze’ from 2000’s ‘Warning’, but with more of a snarl and a need for speed.
  4. Uncut
    Feb 4, 2020
    70
    Fuses the hormonal aggression that put Green Day on the map with punched-up modern-day production courtesy of Butch Walker and a razor-sharp mix by Tchad Blake. [Mar 2020, p.29]
  5. Feb 7, 2020
    60
    Green Day’s 13th studio album set sees them step outside of their comfort zone, experimenting with a range of new sounds and styles. However, this leads to mixed results.
  6. Feb 18, 2020
    50
    Certain songs try to recapture their old glory, while others feel like an embarrassing pop ploy—but the most consistent feeling is pure disappointment. Even when Green Day is supposedly having fun here, they sound tired and overworked at best.
  7. Feb 18, 2020
    20
    Green Day have become the very thing they once despised: buck-chasin’ mild boys of mayonnaise corporate rock.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 89
  2. Negative: 42 out of 89
  1. Feb 7, 2020
    10
    Look, this is the best album this band released since 21CB. It’s short, but is a short, sweet, neat, adrenaline shot. The production andLook, this is the best album this band released since 21CB. It’s short, but is a short, sweet, neat, adrenaline shot. The production and mixing is on top of everything, the songs are bangers, and they are so diverse. Great work from a band that has been around for over 30 years. Not something it could have been easy to expect from Green Day in 2020, in a really positive way. Expand
  2. Dec 23, 2020
    10
    not that bad .
  3. Feb 9, 2020
    8
    Drawing more on recent contemporaries like Fall Out Boy than their own classic sound, Green Day blast at a breakneck pace through glittery,Drawing more on recent contemporaries like Fall Out Boy than their own classic sound, Green Day blast at a breakneck pace through glittery, hand-clapping schlock rock, middle fingers raised in true punk fashion, with more passion, energy, and innovation than we've seen from them in years.

    Choice Cuts: "Fire, Ready, Aim", "Oh Yeah!", "Meet Me on the Roof"
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  4. Feb 15, 2020
    4
    "Green Day has attempted to remain tuned during late years despite the trilogy misadventure although Revolution Radio was evidence of a"Green Day has attempted to remain tuned during late years despite the trilogy misadventure although Revolution Radio was evidence of a revindication as if the band was rightfully following the proper steps to revive their golden 2000s moments with some striking hard rock themes, getting political as their predecessors American Idiot and 21st Century Breakdown and omitting any sound distortion and inconsistent lyrics. Mournfully, the recent release "FATHER OF ALL" is just a slap in the face to the fans who have been following them for a long time. It seems the punk rock Californians are leaving their original essence".
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    September 10th was assumed to be a spectacular celebration for the Idiot Nation because Green Day was due to release their first single. The prime feeling you might have caught was optimism wondering how these fellows were going to astound you. After hearing the opening song, you notice the manner the band wholly changed but for negative. It felt as dreadful as their 2012s "Nightlife" song, completely uninspiring and awkward. As the weeks advanced, the second single felt loads better, still eccentric and below the average quality of Green Day. January arrived with the third single bringing back an O.K. danceable version of "Kill the DJ". Overall, the singles were scarcely enjoyable. Now it was time to hear the album, and the expectations almost banished, they were officially the lowest I had for a very long time. The Californian punk-rock combo seemed to be out of shape. Yet, it was merited a try. After all, these guys have a vast experience.
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    To sum up, staying awake on February 7th was not a pleasant experience. Still, it was not the worst either. The album began with the three mediocre songs mentioned above and continued with copy-pasted songs [Stab You in the Heart as their 2012s disastrous F**k Time] yet alongside with rare bright songs as "Meet me on the Roof" and "Junkies on a High". The guitars sounded terrific, and the bass had the proper time to shine in some beautiful chorus. Nothing wrong with the instruments I daresay. The main issue came from the brevity of the record: a twenty-six-minute experience in which the band only offered an irritating high-pitched adventure. The unfocused lyrics give an unpleasant sense of glamour as if the trio is messing around providing inconsistent and diverse topics going with no direction. It appears Billie Joe and bandmates are compilating random songs as previously displayed [and mentioned] with 2012s UNO, DOS, TRE. It is such a pity to behold how low the performance can get through the years. But people, let's look at least on the bright sight. Green day throughout their existence as a band always enjoyed trying new sounds going from acoustic melodies [Warning] to pop tunes [Father of All] which succeeds partially in songs like "Oh Yeah" not giving whatsoever the expected result.
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    Nevertheless, as a true fan, I feel completely disappointed
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    [42/100]
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  5. Nov 9, 2021
    2
    I honestly get this album, i do, they were going on tour, and wanted new material to play. The problem is that this screams low effort, and aI honestly get this album, i do, they were going on tour, and wanted new material to play. The problem is that this screams low effort, and a project pushed out. The short run time should be an obvious clue to that, considering that it's not in Green day's DNA to do that. The sound is way to pop for even a pop punk band, and the lyrics are some of the most "how you doing fellow kids" i've ever heard. The lack of even decent hooks is perhaps the thing that annoys me the most. That has always been such a strengh of Green Day, but here it might as well be 27 min. of 1564 chord pogressions with Billie Joe's iconic voice and flair absent. Pass on this one and go enjoy Dookie and American Idiot instead. Expand
  6. May 29, 2020
    0
    Imagine trying to be an off-brand Imagine Dragons with none of the fun. "Father of All..." is a mess that should've stayed in this otherwiseImagine trying to be an off-brand Imagine Dragons with none of the fun. "Father of All..." is a mess that should've stayed in this otherwise exceptional band's vault. Expand
  7. Feb 8, 2020
    0
    Forgettable. Production is awful and unlistenable, and the lyrics are uninspired and childish (shame on you, Billie). I don't care if theyForgettable. Production is awful and unlistenable, and the lyrics are uninspired and childish (shame on you, Billie). I don't care if they want to try new things, they've been doing it since forever, but this is just bad. And the worst part: the band is proud of it. Go to therapy to fix your midlife crisis issues or retire already. Expand

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