Revolution Radio

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Revolution Radio
GreenDayRevRad.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 7, 2016 (2016-10-07)
Recorded2014–16[1]
StudioOTIS (Oakland, California, U.S.)
Genre
Length44:29
Label
ProducerGreen Day
Green Day chronology
Demolicious
(2014)
Revolution Radio
(2016)
Greatest Hits: God's Favorite Band
(2017)
Singles from Revolution Radio
  1. "Bang Bang"
    Released: August 11, 2016
  2. "Still Breathing"
    Released: November 12, 2016[5][6]
  3. "Revolution Radio"
    Released: May 16, 2017

Revolution Radio is the twelfth studio album by American rock band Green Day, released on October 7, 2016 through Reprise Records.[7] It is the band's first album since 2009's 21st Century Breakdown recorded as a trio; Jason White, who became a full-time member of Green Day in 2012, returned to his role as a touring member in 2016, and did not participate in the recording sessions.[8][9] The album received generally positive reviews from music critics,[10] appeared on multiple year-end lists, and sold 95,000 first-week album-equivalent units in the U.S. to debut at number one on the Billboard 200.[11] Revolution Radio also debuted at number one in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Italy, Canada, and New Zealand.

Background[edit]

Work on what would become Revolution Radio began in 2014, following the 99 Revolutions Tour,[12] in support of ¡Uno!, ¡Dos!, and ¡Tré! (2012).

After stating that the trilogy of albums had "absolutely no direction to them" and attempted to be "prolific for the sake of it," lead singer and guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong claimed that the record is "not so much a makeover as a make under."[13] The lead single, "Bang Bang," described by Armstrong is about "the culture of mass shooting that happens in America mixed with narcissistic social media."[12]

Prior to the recording sessions, Jason White was demoted back to being a touring member, and Green Day confirmed that he would not appear on the album. The album's lead single, "Bang Bang", premiered on August 11, 2016. Prior to the album's release, its title track, "Revolution Radio", and "Still Breathing" were released on September 9 and September 23, respectively. On the album's release date, the official lyric video for "Youngblood" (a song originally written for their unreleased album Cigarettes and Valentines) was uploaded on the band's website. On October 12, a lyric video for the song "Ordinary World" was released. On October 19, another lyric video was released, for the song "Say Goodbye". On November 7, a music video was released for "Still Breathing", the second official single from the album. On January 16, a lyric video was released for "Troubled Times". "Revolution Radio" was released as the third single on May 16, 2017. On September 8, a lyric video for the song "Too Dumb to Die" was released. The album's final track "Ordinary World" was featured in the 2016 film of the same name, which starred Armstrong. On December 13, 2018, an official music video for "Youngblood" was released with the caption "Merry Xmas 2018" on the band's YouTube channel.[14]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic72/100[10]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[15]
Alternative Press4/5 stars[16]
The Guardian3/5 stars[17]
Kerrang!5/5 stars[18]
Mojo3/5 stars[19]
NME4/5 stars[20]
Q4/5 stars[21]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[4]
Slant Magazine3/5 stars[22]
Uncut3.5/5 stars[23]

Revolution Radio received positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has an average score of 72 out of 100, which indicates "generally favorable reviews" based on 29 reviews.[10]

Aaron Burgess at Alternative Press observed, "It's the first time in years Green Day haven't had all the answers. But as a statement on how it really feels to fight, it's the closest to the truth they've ever gotten."[16] Gwilym Mumford of The Guardian stated "[after their last few albums] the band have decided to get back to basics: Revolution Radio is their most focused work in years. Lead single Bang Bang sets the tone, with a caustic consideration of the fame-hungry psychosis of a mass shooter."[17]

Accolades[edit]

Publication Accolade Year Rank
Rolling Stone 50 Best Albums of 2016 2016
NME NME's Albums of the Year 2016 2016
Radio X The 25 Best Albums of 2016 2016
Kerrang! 2016 – The Ultimate Rock Review, Top 50 Albums of 2016 2016
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Commercial performance[edit]

Revolution Radio debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 with 95,000 album-equivalent units, of which 90,000 were album sales.[27] The album also debuted at number one in the UK,[28] Ireland,[29] Italy,[30] and New Zealand.[31] The album had first-week units of 30,880 in the UK, 29,470 of which were from album sales.[32] The album charted at number 10 in the US in its second week with 21,000 units.[33] The album sold 118,000 copies in the first three weeks in the US.[6]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Billie Joe Armstrong, all music composed by Green Day, except where noted.

No.TitleLength
1."Somewhere Now"4:08
2."Bang Bang"3:25
3."Revolution Radio"3:00
4."Say Goodbye"3:39
5."Outlaws" (music: Green Day and Jon Fratelli)5:02
6."Bouncing Off the Wall"2:40
7."Still Breathing" (music: Green Day, Richard Parkhouse, Adam Slack, Luke Spiller, George Tizzard and Joshua Wilkinson)3:44
8."Youngblood"2:32
9."Too Dumb to Die"3:23
10."Troubled Times"3:04
11."Forever Now"
  • I. "I'm Freaking Out"
  • II. "A Better Way to Die"
  • III. "Somewhere Now" [Reprise]"
6:52
  • 1:57
  • 1:47
  • 3:08
  • 12."Ordinary World" (music: Billie Joe Armstrong[34])3:00
    Total length:44:29

    Personnel[edit]

    Green Day

    Additional musicians

    Production

    • Chris Dugan – engineer[36]
    • Andrew Schepsmixer[36]
    • Eric Boulanger – mastering[36]
    • Justin Hergett – mixing assistant
    • Bill Schneider, Andrew Hans Buscher – guitar techs
    • Pat Magnarella – management
    • Nick Spanos – cover photo
    • Frank Maddocks – creative direction, photography, design

    Charts[edit]

    Certifications[edit]

    Region Certification Certified units/Sales
    United Kingdom (BPI)[73] Gold 100,000^

    *sales figures based on certification alone
    ^shipments figures based on certification alone

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