While it has an interesting operatic format, some nice unifying motifs and a necessary (if too obvious) feel of political dissent, Green Day's seventh album suffers from trying very hard to live up to the Avril-ized face of radio and emulate the bands they paved the way for in the early 90s. Back with Dookie producer Rob Cavallo for the first time since Nimrod, Green Day's newest sound has a boy-band-worthy sonic gloss and some uninspired songwriting. There's a song that sounds like P.O.D.'s Youth Of The Nation or possibly OLP's Innocent, one like R.E.M.'s Everybody Hurts, some Dookie throwbacks and another with an odd, chant-based World Cup Soccer anthem feel. But the lyrics are smart, and they do get brownie points for a shout-out to Toronto. Green Day hit the Phoenix September 24.