Green Day's American Idiot is undeniably a pop-punk classic. I fondly remember buying the album at 11 years old, being obsessively in love with Billie Joe and plastering their posters on my walls. What better way to relive our pseudo-punk pre-adolescent years than to turn it into something updated and fresh? Thoreau hailing from Boulder, is a producer doing some pretty neat things when it comes to childhood nostalgia. Dubbing it cleverly as a "Thoreau-back", the artist has added his own spin to the 2004 banger, "Boulevard of Broken Dreams". Thoreau states, "Played this song for my 5th-grade talent show so you could say we've got some history. Here's to all the music that got us through our childhood.". The original is quite gritty and somber and Thoreau flips it by adding wavy side-chain that dance on Billie Joe's vocals. In the drop, he adds some sharp and plucky synths that add a unique dimension to the track. Towards the end of the work, tempo is picked up and pitch is shifted, taking listeners in for a surprise. The rework overall is a solid reminder of our initial inspirations in a contemporary setting.
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