|Rating: 3 / 5
Reviewer: Nathan Atnikov
As Green Day, Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and Tre Cool have always embraced their love of The Clash, and American Idiot found them embracing their inner stage ham as well. The success of their most recent album mustâ€™ve also given their confidence a shot in the arm, as evidenced by this turn as Foxboro Hot Tubs, a â€˜60s boogie-rock band that borrows just as heavily from Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons as it does from The Kinks and The Stooges.
The album is at its best on songs like â€˜27th Ave. Shuffleâ€™ and â€˜Sheâ€™s A Saint Not A Celebrity,â€™ where the bandâ€™s fuzzy edges are softened by sweet melodies. The latter even begins with the couplet, â€œMarie, come out tonight / you could be my valentine.â€ Itâ€™s indicative of the way that Armstrong has separated himself from the activist he played on Idiot â€“ here, heâ€™s a pop star through and through.
Stop Drop and Roll is different enough to warrant the name change, but just barely. All of the elements of Green Day are present and accounted for, with a few extra ingredients thrown in. The subject matter may not be as biting or as literal as Idiot, but it may actually lend itself to a longer shelf life.