Jeremy D. (jdegroot-nbs) from RALEIGH, NC Reviewed on 8/4/2009...
Nimord marks the beginning of a slump from which the band would not recover for nearly a decade. The prom/graduation classic "Time of Your Life" is probably the high point of this CD, though there are a couple tracks that offer the few hints from this era of what Green Day is capable of at their best.
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Great Music from a Great Band
Michael Crane | Orland Park, IL USA | 02/14/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It is such a shame to see a great band like Green Day being the target of so much negative criticism. Here is a band who can make great music, are impressive as hell when performing live, and they never seems to put out an album with the sole purpose of being popular or on TV so much. (If that were the case, they would release more albums at a time.) Green Day is one of my all time favorites and they continue to do nothing but impress me. "Nimrod" is an excellent album with a ton of great songs.You can see how much the band has matured and how they have grown musically. They are always willing to try new things, which is something you really see lacking in some of these newer punk or alternative bands. The guitar playing is great, the drumming is always impressive, and the singing and lyrics are reflections of top-notch talent.EVERY song on this album is great, but here are some of my favorites: hitchin' a ride, the grouch, nice guys finish last, worry rock, scattered, king for a day, walking alone, prosthetic head, and time of your life. (Seeing the song "king for a day" actually performed live really enriches the song and makes you appreciate it more.)Green Day is a fabulous band who has never disappointed me once. I just think they got popular too quick and then people started burning out on them. It is a shame because they are a great band who can play music. If you love to hear outstanding music from an exceptional band, Green Day's "Nimrod" might be the CD for you. Definitely worth checking out!"
Great, But Different
Ben R | 04/01/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This CD is a lot different than other Green Day Cd's in the past, but it is still awesome. The songs have many different chords than Dookie. You'll never get tired of it becausethere are 18 songs and it is 50 minutes long! Here are rundowns of all of the songs:1. Nice Guys Finish Last- an explosive CD to start off the album. 2. Hitchin' a Ride- Another great, short song.3. The Grouch- this song has the most bad words in it than any other song. Oh well, it's still great and very funny.4. Redundant- a slower song that's one of my favroites.5. Scattered- Not the best, but still good.6. All the time- This song's pretty good but not the best.7. Worry Rock- This song is awesome!8. Platypus- A fast and to the point song. Good luck figuring out the lyrics cause they dont have them in the lyric book.9. Uptight- Not as good as some of the others.10. Last Ride in- A wonedrful all-instrumental piece. 11. Jinx- Another funny and fast song.12. Haushinka- this song has many different guitar riffs but it's not all pulled together.13. Walking Alone- An experimental, somewhat folk song.14. Reject- A great song with good lyrics15. Take Back- One of my favorites. This one minute song is great if you have just broken up with someone and you're really mad. 16. King for a day- a funny song about a boy who wants to be a girl. It's an experimental piece that has horns in it so it sounds somewhat like a ska song.17. Time of your Life- The band shows their soft side with this great song, which is still played on a lot of radio stations.18. Prosthetic Head- MY FAVORITE SONG ON THE WHOLE ALBUM! Great guitar riffs and great lyrics is why this song is my favorite."
I was a fool
D. K. Malone | earth | 10/18/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I'm old school. Actually, I'm just old. I'm 31 and I've been listening to punk since I was 13. I was introduced to Green Day back in 1991, when 39/Smooth was their only album. I saw them play live, and I loved them. 39/Smooth, Slappy, 1000 Hours, these remain some of my favorite records. I liked the records that came later, but never as much as I loved the ones on the first CD. I loved Dookie, I thought it was cool at the time that they took on a harder, heavier, more "punk rock" sound. And while I can't deny that I also liked Insomniac, it seemed to me that Green Day had stagnated into a generic riff style. So, when Nimrod was released, I didn't care. I never bought it. The only song I ever heard off of it was Good Riddance, and it certainly didn't make me want to buy the album. (Not that it's a bad song... it's just Billie Joe's "Yesterday".) Well, last week I was listening to the radio on the way home from work and heard a song that I'd never heard before. I instantly knew it was Green Day. The DJ said that it was off of their brand new album, so I stopped at a record store and picked up both Nimrod and Warning right then and there. Anyway, the short version is: I really wish I'd bought Nimrod back in 1997. It's already my 2nd favorite Green Day album, just behind 39/Smooth. (Unfortunately I think Warning is probably their weakest album so far, though it does have a few very good songs on it.)"
GREETINGS FROM IRELAND.THIS ALBUM WILL BLOW YOU AWAY........
Gareth | IRELAND WOO HOO! | 12/13/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"hey everyone...i bought this album on the same day that i bought Insomniac.Well who would have thought? Green Day actually matured and made probably their most proffessional album to date.Sure we all know their other albums just kicked the worlds @ss but this one is very different.None of the songs sound the same which is somethin you might have noticed in their previous music.There is just somethin about Nimrod that is so different.For instance, who the F**K would have guessed that green day would use harmonica's and trumpets n stuff in their albums like in the songs 'Walking Alone' and 'King for a day'? The song 'Uptight' is fantastic as are 'Hitchin a ride', 'scattered','prosthetic head' 'nice guyz finish last' 'worry rock' and my 2 favourites 'Good Riddance' and 'Haushinka' When them 3 totally awesome dudes play their sh!t you can kiss your sorry @ss goodbye cos this album will blow you away.incase you dont know, there are 17 tracks and they all rock.When i heard the first 7 tracks i thought, well looks like Billie joe has stopped writing fudged up music.then when no. 8 came on i realised i was wrong.The lyrics were so damn crazy they couldn't put them onto the manual.f**ks here and f**ks there talkin bout all sorts of crazy sh!t.I will never hate green day EVEN IF THEY TURN COUNTRY! .In all honesty, Green Day are the best and Nimrod proves it......."
NIMROD IS THE BEST!
sumblink115 | Tacoma, WA United States | 05/26/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Very possibly the best album ever created, Nimrod is just another example of Green Day's talent and versatility. Billie Joe Armstrong's lyrics just keep getting better and better, Mike Dirnt's bass playing is just amazing, and of course, Tre Cool's drumming, ever changing, is a great part of the album.
Nimrod is a great cd that really led the transition from Insomniac to Warning well. It is so versatile, with ballads, a surf type song, hard metal type songs, typical Green Day music, and much more. Aside from different subgenres of the music, many different instruments are used such as harmonica, the bongos, and of course, the baseball bat. ^_^ Green Day has really matured with this album.
There is not a single bad song on this cd, each one gets a 10 from me.Nice Guys Finish Last-a great song to start the cd out with, was one of the first songs that really got me into Green Day. Mike Dirnt does extremely well on the bass in this one.Hitchin A Ride-incredible, excellent song, one of their best. Although it takes a while to get used to, it is really incredible. The drumming in this is very VERY good, I know from playing it on my drums that it takes a lot of skill to get it right.The Grouch-hilarious lyrics, it's a really good, driven song, explicit, but humorous. Also has a very catchy tune.Redundant-can't say anything about it except that it's a masterpiece. It's a really beautiful song with really beautiful lyrics. You can tell what a good songwriter and guitarist Billie Joe is, what a good bassist Mike Dirnt is, and what an INCREDIBLE drummer Tre Cool is from just this one song.Scattered-just another one of Green Day's incredible songs. Possibly one of the best tunes, Billie Joe's voice really stands out in this song. One lyric that I really liked was "Story to tell and I am listening." You can tell they've grown up, because since when is Green Day listening?All The Time-I know not many people really like this song, but I'm hooked on it. It's not as catchy a tune as some others, but when you get used to it, it's really great. It's one of those songs that you'll be singing for days and days after hearing it just once.Worry Rock-Beautiful, BEAUTIFUL LYRICS! I love it, it's a really sweet song and it's incredible. Another song in which Billie Joe's voice really stands out.Platypus (I hate you)--A very good song, it is very hard core and although you can barely understand a word of what Billie Joe is screaming out, it's worth it. You can really tell his emotions through the lyrics.Uptight-Possibly one of the greatest songs on the cd, the ending is incredible. The beginning verses are also very good, but what really stands out is the ending choruses, the "Uptight, I'm a nag with a gun, All night...." part. It makes a very good transition from Uptight to Last Ride In.Last Ride In-my favorite instrumental by any band. Sure, not many people are into it because it is sort of slow and instrumental, but it's the one instrumental I can listen to the whole thing through. The guitar and bass really shines, but the main thing to me (thenagain, being a drummer, it would be the main thing) that shines through is Tre Cool's drumming. He strays from the normal "punk rock boundaries" in drumming and really goes to the extra by using more latin drumming. I've heard tons of that drumming in Latin music, believe me.Jinx-an awesome tune, awesome guitar, awesome song in general. I really like the lyrics in this one, and once more, the vocals are incredible in this song. The tune is very different than many other songs you would find, and it makes a nice transition to Haushinka.Haushinka-not such a liked song by many people, but after listening to it for a while it can really grow on you and you can see what a great song it is. It is more old style Green Day, as it was written during the time of 1039 Slappy Hours, yet not placed on the Kerplunk cd. Very good song.Walking Alone-this could very well be one of my favorites, it's got an incredible tune, very relatable lyrics, and harmonica! well, the harmonica is very fun and it is always great to see bands going the extra mile to use different things rather than the normal, set instruments. Green Day makes their own rules.Reject-this song was written about a person who wrote a hate letter to Green Day, you can really see the emotion in it and the anger through the lyrics. Another harder song on the cd, it's a good one.Take Back-not really one of my favorite Green Day songs, yet it is pretty good to. A nice job on the harder, metallic rock that's very enjoyable.King For A Day-even if the song isn't as catchy as others, the lyrics and the horns really make up for it. A hilarious song, a sort of ska song, even if it is about drag queens, it's just way too funny to pass up!Time Of Your Life-well, everyone knows this one. The classic Green Day song that led them into even being played in soft music radio stations like Warm 106.9 (I've heard them on it), it's a masterpiece. It's very very pretty, I also like the violin in the back.Prosthetic Head-a wonderful closing song, Prosthetic Head's tune is very good and very catchy. It's a song I got stuck in my head the whole day and ended up writing the chorus lyrics on every paper and wall I could find in a craft store I was dragged into.....Anyway, in closing, this is an EXCELLENT cd, and passing it up would be...a crime."