Warning is the sixth studio album by American punk rock band Green Day, released in October 2000. Their previous effort, Nimrod (1997), saw a break from their regular formula to create more diverse music. This experimentation was built upon by Warning, which nigh-entirely eschewed the band's established punk rock sound, emphasizing acoustic elements with bits of other genres like folk with more optimistic and inspirational thematic material.
Considering the band's drastic style change, critics were fairly polarized. Positive critics commended Armstrong's lyrics and the thematic maturity and growth of the album, while negative critics were unhappy with what was one of the most gloriously apathetic bands of all time making pop-esque songs of faith and hope. However, in the years following, Warning was fairly Vindicated by History, with many critics admitting that the album was awfully overlooked and was truly a great album.
Warning is the biggest commercial slump in Green Day history, being the band's first major-label album to not receive platinum status. It is certified gold by the RIAA and has sold 1.2 million copies as of December 2012.
- "Warning" (3:42)
- "Blood, Sex and Booze" (3:33)
- "Church on Sunday" (3:18)
- "Fashion Victim" (2:48)
- "Castaway" (3:52)
- "Misery" (5:05)
- "Deadbeat Holiday" (3:35)
- "Hold On" (2:56)
- "Jackass" (2:43)
- "Waiting" (3:13)
- "Minority" (2:49)
- "Macy's Day Parade" (3:34)
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- Deliberately Monochrome: The album cover, minus the colored text displaying the artist and album name.
- Epic Rocking: This album has the 5-minute-long "Misery".
- Gratuitous Panning: The opening guitar in "Minority" and "Castaway" is panned to the right side.
- Lighter and Softer: Compared to all previous albums, yes.
- Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: Mostly 3 and 4, with "Macy's Day Parade" being a 1. Their softest album.
- New Sound Album: Warning was much more upbeat and poppy than their previous albums, especially when compared to Insomniac, their darkest output.
- Obligatory Bondage Song: "Blood, Sex and Booze"
- Precision F-Strike: Warning was Green Day's cleanest mainstream release, with only two F-bombs in "Minority" (even then one was a repetition of the other)."A free-for-all, FUCK 'em all"
- Subdued Section: "Macy's Day Parade"
- Unplugged Version: Most of the album.