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Green Day - ¡Uno!, ¡Dos!, ¡Tre! (Album Review)

Friday, 24 August 2012 Written by Sophie Williams

One of the biggest bands to shake up punk rock music in the last two decades is back to show these newbies how it’s done.

ImageGreen Day shook the world with anti-government rock musical 'American Idiot' which defined the feelings towards living in a Bush era. They followed with another brilliant rock musical but this time they were going to have to do something even more quirky.

The band are set to release not just one but three new albums which will be released in September, November and January making '¡Uno!', '¡Dos!' and '¡Tre!' their ninth, tenth and eleventh studio albums respectively.

The first thing we’ve heard from the albums was single 'Oh Love', which shows the band at their much grittier, almost going back to basics and moving on from the past two records. It feels very pop with a rough edge.

A while back when speaking to Rolling Stone, Billie Joe told the magazine that they wanted something punchier, somewhere between AC/DC and The Beatles.

'Let Yourself Go' is a perfect example of this, with Billie Joe’s playful vocals and guitar riffs that just make you count down the days until you can get yourself to a Green Day show.

The other single 'Kill the DJ' is catchy but feels like it has a darker meaning hidden beneath it. According to Billie Joe, it’s about being drunk and going through the chaos of the government not being able to agree with itself. Watch the video when it’s released and it all seems to make sense.

'99 Revolutions' feels like a track from 'American Idiot' which is not a bad thing at all. It seems like a nod to their bestselling album showing that they haven’t forgotten their past. They’ve been closing with this song at their live shows and it’s been received well.

And finally, 'Nightlife' adds a bit of funk to the albums with a Mike Dirnt groovy bassline and mystery female vocals mixed in with occasional vocals from Billie Joe. It’s very different to anything they’ve done before but so new and fresh that it’s exciting.

Green Day have proved that after eight studio albums, they’ve still got what it takes to be one of the best punk bands in the world. Those newbies better watch out, Green Day are here to show them how it’s done.

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