Not a fan of the songs that just rely on chords since they've done that way too much throughout their career. I honestly thought they stepped it up a lot with that for American Idiot and 21st Century, and now it seems they've taken a step backwards. I loved some of the guitar solos on the last two albums, and I'm not getting any of that either. But the melodies have been pretty decent as always. I feel like there's a little bit of each album here, it's just not as good as any of them. Low point is Troublemaker, they've played that riff twice before already. High point is Stay the Night.
Totally with you in that I liked when Green Day stepped away from the simple powerchord-reliant songs. Some of their best stuff was on the last two albums, and honestly the things I really dont dig about this album is that there are no ballads and there are no additional instruments to add some variety and texture... its just straight guitar, bass and drums all the way through. I loved stuff like Last Night On Earth and Restless Heart Syndrome. Hell, even if they couldve added a couple acoustically driven songs like Warning or Hold On it would've added some variety.