Green Day – 21 Guns


Welcome to our second week of Artist Focus. It’s not got a proper title yet. Artist Focus is the best we’ve got, so far. What do you think? Got any suggestions? Let us know on here, Facebook or Twitter.

This week, from Monday through Friday, mid-day every day, we’ll be looking at the Top 5 songs on Spotify, for Green Day. Today, we start with 21 Guns.

I mean, personally, I’ve only ever had any interest in one type of gun in particular, the Kar-98, used predominantly by German forces during World War 2, sometimes modified with a scope, and a particularly well constructed weapon.

I’ve come into this not really knowing 60% of the songs on this week’s list, and this is one of those three. I don’t mind, it’s always good to find a song that you never knew for a review as it provides a more honest opinion, I find. So, whilst I have a listen, why don’t you check out the video?

Now, I must say, it’s definitely different to anything else of theirs I’ve ever heard. It’s no Boulevard Of Broken Dreams, and it’s certainly quite different to American Idiot too. That doesn’t mean, though, that it’s a bad song. The guitar holds up well, along with the drums. I can see myself wanting to air-play along, so that’s all good.

I’m not sure on the lyrics. It feels like a song that would appeal to someone who has already accepted a loss – it almost feels as though that’s the point, in a way. I do, however, like the way that they’re being sang. There’s a certain something about the way Green Day sings – particularly Billie Joe Armstrong – which appeals to the ears. I’m not entirely convinced that he couldn’t sing Friday and make it at least somewhat enjoyable. But no, please don’t. The world doesn’t need that.

So, it’s a good song, I mostly enjoy it, and that’s all there is to it.

8/10

That Guy

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