If "Dookie" is a sort of concept album about the trials and tribulations of growing up, then its followup, the equally great "Insomniac", is about what happens when everyone turns against you.
Almost of these fourteen songs are attacks to all of the kids and critics who called them sell out or said that Green Day weren't real punks.
"Armhatage Shanks" starts off the proceddings and tells you all you need to know about the record: musically, its the same old Green Day, but lyrical, Billie Joe seems to be hurting from the backlash. The record follows suit for the next fourteen songs, rarely treading on Green Day's formula of two and a half minute power pop songs, with only the hardcore edged "Jaded", changing things up.
But this is all okay by me. This record is just as good, if not better, than "Dookie". The songs are just as catchy, the lyrics just as anthemic, and the record holds up just as well. Sure it didn't have hits the size of "Basket Case" or "When I Come Around", but that makes this one even better. You don't hear anything off "Insomniac" on the radio, with the exception of the records one weak point, "Brain Stew", on the radio every bloody day.
You should all ready know if your going to like "Insomniac", and nothing I'm going to say is going to change your opinion. But if you like Green Day and don't have this yet, then you are in for yet another great record from Green Day.