In my honest opinion, I believe this to be the best album Green Day has produced. "Dookie" was the album that finally got them recognition as a serious band and bought them an entire legion of fans. It also helped set the stage for a new generation of musicians and was one of the most influential albums of the '90s. A common complaint is that their sound was simple and sophomoric with "Dookie", but I do not believe that to be the case. Sure, their later albums exhibit a different style in some aspects, but your liking of this album just depends on which type of music you're looking for. Another complaint I have heard is that "Dookie" lacks depth, and I believe that to be false because songs like "When I Come Around", "She", and "F.O.D" provide meaningful lyrics intertwined with catchy melody.
When "Dookie" is compared to later albums, the difference is noticeable, but Green Day can still retain their trademark sound and mature at the same time. Other bands have failed in doing that (i.e. blink-182). When I heard blink-182's self-titled album, I was throughly disappointed because while taking creative license, they totally screwed up their sound and the old blink is dilluted in a haze of special effects. I know I'm a little off-topic, but the point I am tyring to make is that Green Day got their start with the sound on Dookie and were able to build on it later in their career. But these loud, catchy, and sometimes profound tunes stay stuck in your head for days and allow you to see everything that is going on around you in a more comical way. There is not a bad song on the CD and I suggest in wholeheartedly.