Green Day

1000 Hours

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Green Day's second release easily slots into the rest of the band's initial efforts -- punky, poppy, sometimes a touch more heavy metal than might be thought. What's especially noteworthy even at this early date is how polished, even downright professional, everything sounds. Without sounding like a typical major label product from 1989, everything sounds great, clearly recorded and instantly engaging. The great leap forward five years later into the public consciousness wasn't as large as all that in the end, but like the rest of the band's earliest work, the four songs here are engaging rather than flat-out fantastic. The title track's the best of the bunch, but the immediately following "Dry Ice" isn't bad either, one of the most Buzzcocks-like numbers the group had recorded. "Only of You" and "The One I Want" are both fair enough, filling out the EP without adding much more to the proceedings.