Green Day - Nimrod
Album Comparisons: Nimrod
Nimrod marked something of a return to form for Green Day after the disappointing sales of its predecessor Insomniac, which lacked the memorably catchy, radio-friendly appeal and wit of their breakthrough album Dookie. It's a better album which displays growth in lyrical maturity and songwriting over its two predecessors without at all losing sight of the juvenile humor that made the band catch fire in the mid 1990s. Nimrod was one of a few thousand CD titles encoded using a process known as High Definition Compatible Digital (HDCD), which aimed to improve dynamic range when played back on compatible equipment. How does the HDCD decoded version compare to the regular, non-decoded version that most listeners will be familiar with? Note: The HDCD decoded waveforms have been individually normalized to allow for a more accurate comparison of each song with its standard CD version.

Nice Guys Finish Last

Regular CD version

Nice Guys Finish Last

HDCD decoded

Nice Guys Finish Last

Hitchin' a Ride

Regular CD version

Hitchin' a Ride

HDCD decoded

Hitchin' a Ride

The Grouch

Regular CD version

The Grouch

HDCD decoded

The Grouch

Redundant

Regular CD version

Redundant

HDCD decoded

Redundant

Scattered

Regular CD version

Scattered

HDCD decoded

Scattered

All the Time

Regular CD version

All the Time

HDCD decoded

All the Time

Worry Rock

Regular CD version

Worry Rock

HDCD decoded

Worry Rock

Platypus (I Hate You)

Regular CD version

Platypus (I Hate You)

HDCD decoded

Platypus (I Hate You)

Uptight

Regular CD version

Uptight

HDCD decoded

Uptight

Last Ride In

Regular CD version

Last Ride In

HDCD decoded

Last Ride In

Jinx / Haushinka

Regular CD version

Jinx/Haushinka

HDCD decoded

Jinx/Haushinka

Walking Alone

Regular CD version

Walking Alone

HDCD decoded

Walking Alone

Reject

Regular CD version

Reject

HDCD decoded

Reject

Take Back

Regular CD version

Take Back

HDCD decoded

Take Back

King for a Day

Regular CD version

King for a Day

HDCD decoded

King for a Day

Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)

Regular CD version

Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)

HDCD decoded

Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)

Prosthetic Head

Regular CD version

Prosthetic Head

HDCD decoded

Prosthetic Head

Comparison of "Worry Rock"

A comparison of the decoded and regular versions using volume matched samples. Click or tap the image to toggle.
And the winner is: HDCD decoded release. Every little bit helps, and the decoded HDCD version has a better, more extended dynamic range than the regular, non-decoded version. Finding a machine capable of playing HDCD encoded discs to their full potential can be somewhat tricky, so you might be better off using Windows Media Player 9 or later on your PC, or a little command line utility called hdcd.exe. It's a shame HDCD encoded discs never really caught on. If we can't have properly mastered CDs, we could at least have the option of improved sound quality.