Review: Green Day – When I Come Around (Rock)

This review covers the punk rock track Green Day – When I Come Around.

This track was released in 1994 on the album Dookie.

The track starts with a lead guitar followed shortly by the drum kit. From there, the vocals take the track into a verse.

The guitars use longer notes as the vocals take the track into the main chorus. This is shortened and an instrumental section follows.

From there, the vocals take the track into the next verse. The leads guitars go back to the slightly shorter notes. After a few hits on the drum kit, the vocals and guitars take the track into the next main chorus. After the vocals have a brief non-lyrical moment, a guitar solo comes in.

After that, the vocals take the track into another round of the main chorus. From there, the guitars lead the track out.

The first thing that I noticed about the track is that the guitars sound quite good. They have that energy without being over the top which is definitely needed in a track like this. So, they work quite well for the theme this track is going for.

I’m a little split on the vocals. On the one hand, they generally sound quite good. The way they sound gives such a great punk rock vibe which is good. On the other hand, some of the lyrics do get a little bit slurred and garbled. Luckily, this only happens for brief periods of time and the meaning is still more or less retained.

Overall, this is an enjoyable track. It retains that punk rock mood while managing to have some deeper emotions. It’s actually quite a refreshing track to listen to. The guitars work well and, while the vocals do slur some of the words, they still manage to sound pretty good. So, while it does barely squeak by, I would call this a great track.


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