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  • Audio CD (Oct. 15 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Reprise
  • ASIN: B000002NIH
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 386 customer reviews
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1. Nice Guys Finish Last
2. Hitchin' A Ride
3. The Grouch
4. Redundant
5. Scattered
6. All The Time
7. Worry Rock
8. Platypus (I Hate You)
9. Uptight
10. Last Ride In
11. Jinx
12. Haushinka
13. Walking Alone
14. Reject
15. Take Back
16. King For A Day
17. Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)
18. Prosthetic Head

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After establishing themselves as the leaders of a new generation of music-makers and listeners, Green Day are back with Nimrod, their much-anticipated third album for Reprise. Showcasing Green Day's continuing musical evolution, Nimrod amplifies everything that made the band great in the first place. Certified at 2 million units by the RIAA. (3/01)


Nimrod came along two years after 1995's Insomniac and was the first indication of Green Day's willingness to stretch the boundaries of punk rock. The fullness of the record is first hinted at on "Hitchin' a Ride", which starts out chug-a-lugging and then breaks into a raging rocker. "Redundant" is accented with some psyched-out guitar work and has Billie Joe Armstrong singing a good deal more than usual. The wonderful "Platypus (I Hate You)" speed-rocks with abandon and recalls the early days of L.A. punk (a little Dickies here, a little Descendents there). The biting "Take it Back" is a snarling throwback to hard punk, and "Prosthetic Head" is an infectious ditty that counts among the very best on the album. Most surprising is "Last Ride In", an instrumental nod to the sensual surf-and-sun life. Of course, the crown jewel of the collection is the sentimental, acoustic "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)", which seemed nearly inescapable when it was released. Beyond these standouts, even the "usual" Green Day fare here has punch. --Lorry Fleming

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Format: Audio CD
Nimrod is one of Green Days best cd's. It is caught in between their punk Insomniac sound, and their totally evolved Warning sound. It has a less punk, less experimental rock and roll sound. It is kinda Green Day's first sign of changing.

When I listen to songs I don't look for good lyrics or guitar riffs, I look for melody. That's why that word will be really overused in my review. This album starts off with Nice Guys Finish Last. I really like this song because of the melody (of course) but the thing that's outstanding is the lyrics. The lines "nice guys finish last, when you run outta gas, don't pat yourself on the back you might break your spine" are classic and unforgettable. That's what really makes this song amazing.

Hitchin' a Ride is also one of the best. It has a really cool and original stucture and an awesome solo. The verse has an outstanding melody line at first glance and cool lyrics. The chorus is massive, and just makes the song what it is (outstanding).

The Grouch is one of the many really good songs on here. The reason is you don't grow into it. It's just amazing on the first listen, it has funny (and real dirty) lyrics, but again the reason it's great is 'cause of melody. It's almost shocking how good it is (just like a Nirvana song).

Redundant was a hit, but is certainly not as great as the first three songs. I like it, but I've grown into it, at first glance it's a kinda boring song, but in time you'll grow to enjoy it. It's still not amazing though.

Scattered and All the Time are two of my favourites. Scattered is fast but sad, and is just plain awesome. All the Time is a short and cool song, I love it but others might not. I think it is interesting structure-wise and very fun.

Worry Rock.
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As Green Day progresses, their mean sound improves, though their really good ones are no better or worse than they always have been. A big difference on this CD from the norm, is that their popular songs are not always good. Their skippable songs have decreased in number from the beginning, and they have the same number of really good ones, so I'd say this CD is overall better than one like Dookie.
The only songs that I skip regularly are "Walking Alone," "Take Back," and "Last Ride In." Walking Alone just doesn't excite me much, it's not really bad or anything, just not anything special. Last Ride In is boring the first few times you hear it, but it's so freakin catchy, now I listen to it almost every time I get to it. Take back is probably the worst song on the CD. Green Day isn't all that great at screaming songs.
The songs from the CD that most people will recognize easily are "Good Riddance," "Nice Guys Finish Last," "Hitchin' A Ride," and "Redundant." The first two are good; Good Riddance isn't as great as the first time I heard it, but when you hear a song 6 billion times, that happens. Nice Guys Finish Last is one of the best songs on the CD. Check out the video on their website, it's almost as good as the song is. As for the other two, they really aren't anything special. I don't know why they're so popular. Redundant is catchy, but its only real redeaming quality is a good video. Hitchin A Ride isn't as catchy, maybe a little better song though. Neither are anything worth talking about. However, as I said earlier, their "not worth talking about" songs are still not half bad, not as skippable as their subpar efforts on Dookie were. Other mediocre songs are "Scattered," Uptight," and "King for a Day" (which is a bit ska).
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Format: Audio CD
In my eyes, "Nimord" is hands down Green Day's weakest studio record. Green Day seem uninspired, bored with being themselves and wanting to branch out, but too many of the songs seem half baked ideas rather then fully fleshed out songs.
That's not to say that "Nimrod" is without its charms. The lead off single "Hitchin' a Ride" re-writes "Brain Stew" with better results and an excellent breakdown. "Redundant" is one of Green Day's best songs, and even the prom-greaduation day anthem "Good Riddance" has held up well over time.
But there is entirely to much filler on "Nimrod". "Prosethtic Head" is a basic rewrite of every other Green Day song before this record but without the passion, and "King For A Day" is an overly silly waltz like song that doesn't hold up on repeated listens. And "Last Ride In" is a boring, derivative surf song that grows old before even a minute before its on.
"Nimrod" has enough good songs to justify a purchase used, but its failed forays into outside territories make it none essential. Green Day would re-invent their sound much better on "Warning".
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I wrote a review on dookie and i said check this and 39/smooth out as well. For me, this is my favorite green day record. this is their most creative, ambitious and experimental album. they evolve with every album. it went from 39 smooth to the more traditional green day sound on kerplunk. to dookie, to the angry dark and harsh insomniac to nimrod and then to warning. this album though is my favorite of theirs because it has a different feel to it. you have their more traditional sound with the grouch, nice guys finish last, and i'll say worry rock and all the time. then you have the hardcore sound with platypus (i hate you), reject, take back. you have the different sounding hitchin' a ride, prosthetic head. and of course the cornerstone, good riddance. nimrod is really just the overall greenday. every style they have and will do. it does have a different feel to it, and it may take time but its good when a band evolves and does different things. if you havent noticed todays bands are doing that too. doing things like insomniac-catalyst, does this look infected? my favorite songs on nimrod are: hitchin a ride, redundant, jinx/haushinka, and walking alone . those are just the stand-outs. but every song is great. and on one last note, you guys who rate the songs with the 9/10 stuff. you can't write a basket case-10 all the time. the songs have to be different. but along with many other bands, green day pull it off and make every song great. all in all, buy nimrod and acquire a taste for evolving bands.
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