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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: 31 out of 61
  2. Negative: 21 out of 61
  1. Feb 18, 2020
    10
    The best punk rock band, Green Day, is back. And he does it with a great album, possibly the best of his genre in this 2020
  2. Feb 7, 2020
    10
    Great songs, great lyrics, great music, great production, great Green Day record as se didn’t have in a while.
  3. 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
  4. Feb 7, 2020
    7
    With the release of the singles, I was very worried about this album but then when it released, I found myself really digging the deep cuts onWith the release of the singles, I was very worried about this album but then when it released, I found myself really digging the deep cuts on this album. Side B is excellent, every song on Side B is great and the singles also grew on me somewhat. However, Teenage Teenager is an awful track (definitely the worst) and there are still elements of the singles that don't work too well for me. And on an album that's 26 minutes long, when 4 of 10 songs don't work as well as the others, that is a pretty significant problem imo.

    What works well: Graffitia is a fantastic track and a great closer. It sounds familiar, like some of the more classic sounding Green Day (i.e. from the early 2000s) but it's still different and fits on a modern GD album. Stab You in the Heart and Take the Money and Crawl are both fast-paced foxboro-ish sounding tracks that are a lot of fun to listen to. Sugar Youth is just a sugar rush with a great catchy chorus and Junkies On A High is the one experiment on this album that works really really well. The singles have also grown on me. Fire Ready Aim is catchy, Father of All works in ALMOST every way. The chorus is catchy, the instrumentation is great, the lyrics are quite interesting and Billie sounds good on this song most of the time. Meet Me On The Roof is a good fun track, the best of Side A but it's still not a favourite of mine like the tracks on Side B are

    What doesn't really work: Teenage Teenager is a horrible track. The "I don't wanna freak you out" part sounds AWFUL. But then we get into a chorus which is somewhat catchy but very forgettable and boring. And the lyrics here are really bad. "I Was A Teenage Teenager"? "School is just for suckers"? Come on guys, you're better than this. Outside of this track, none of the other tracks are that bad. Father of All's verses have this really out of place falsetto with odd vocal effects but it doesn't last for too long so doesn't really ruin the track. Fire, Ready, Aim is repetitive but it's short and catchy enough not to get too annoying and nothing about Oh Yeah really stands out apart from some of the lyrics and meaning of the song. This would be fine if this were all the problems on an album that's over 40 minutes long, but at just 26 minutes long, there should be more quality to some of these songs. Oh the album cover is trash too.

    For me, a strong 7. Despite my critiques, most of the songs work really well and the singles also have a lot to enjoy and appreciate about them. I'd say definitely give Side B of this album a fair shot. It's honestly very good
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  5. Feb 18, 2020
    5
    I have 22 years as a Green Day fan and I will always support them, I can also appreciate when a band tries something that could be consideredI have 22 years as a Green Day fan and I will always support them, I can also appreciate when a band tries something that could be considered different but frankly this album offers nothing worth remembering.
    The songs lack imagination and direction.

    If you tell me that these 26 minutes of music is the best that Green Day can offer after almost 4 years, then maybe they should start reconsidering their future as a band.

    Billie Joe Armstrong is two years away of turning 50, you have to know when you should stop writing songs like if you were a teenager.
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  6. Feb 7, 2020
    2
    Billie has truly run out of things to say. Which I don't fault him for after 13 albums but. Cmon man.
  7. Feb 17, 2020
    0
    this album sounds like a lot of different bands, but not one of them being green day. at least not anywhere close to quality green day. it’sthis album sounds like a lot of different bands, but not one of them being green day. at least not anywhere close to quality green day. it’s certainly not their best, but its also not the worst. I think its just slightly better than the trilogy. I am honestly confused that so many people enjoyed it, but who am I to tell you what to like. objectively though, this is one of green day’s most weakest and mixed albums. the lack of songwriting, unoriginality, and overproduction makes this short album feel like hours, in a bad way. Expand

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