Review: Green Day – Basket Case (Rock)

This review covers the punk rock track Green Day – Basket Case.

This track was released in 1994 on the album Dookie. We previously reviewed the track When I Come Around from the same album. That track got a great review, so we thought we’d try this track to see if it’s just as good.

The track starts off with a guitar and the vocals going straight into the first verse.

Shortly after a high hat, the vocals go into the main chorus without anything extra. On the last part, the lead guitars and drum kit come in.

After a brief instrumental section comes in before the vocals into the next verse. Shortly after, the vocals take the track into the next main chorus with the full lead guitars and drum kit. This section is capped off with another instrumental section.

From there, the vocals take the track into another shorter, but different verse. Another instrumental section comes in. After this, the vocals take the track into the next round of the main chorus. From there, another instrumental section comes in. After a bit, the drum kit and lead guitars lead the track out.

One thing this track manages to nail is a sort of care free mood. This in spite of the somewhat ironic self-deprecating lyrics. It’s peculiar to me how this works, but somehow, it does.

The guitars really re-enforce that whole carefree sound that this track manages to hold. They really do work quite well.

Overall, this is another track that manages to just barely be great. The carefree sound of the guitar work can easily win over people. Meanwhile, the lyrics feature some rather self-deprecating themes and, for some reason, the track works anyway. Some of the lyrics are a bit hard to understand, but that winds up being a minor thing. Still a great track all around.


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