Green Day- Uno!
Release date: 2012Sept21
Despite the fact that Green Day should never, ever be spun on WRUV, I still can’t resist reviewing their latest. This is the first of 3 new albums (the other two are !Dos! and !Tre’! with Mike Dirnt and Tre Cool respectively on the covers). If you’re expecting a follow up to 21st Century Breakdown, go back to your corner, emo douche. ”Nuclear Family” opens up with riffs that channel the Warning/Insomniac eras. Simple. Poppy. No rock opera choruses here. “Carpe Diem” apes the sound of a few well known street punk bands while “Let Yourself Go” channels “Brain Stew/Jaded” in lyrical approach and structure. I kind of lost interest until the tracks “Troublemaker” (Tre and Mike shine the most on this track), “Sweet 16″ (Billie is not Dr.Frank and this is not the Mr.T Experience, but it sounds similar) and “Rusty James” (a remnant of the past two albums?).
It’s hard to review constructively when most songs run together or are so simple, that I find myself counting sheep mid-way. I’ve been clamoring for a stripped-down Green Day album for years and it is what it is. I hope that the next two releases will take them into uncharted territory. That is, if Billie Joe’s drunken antics don’t mar those albums. Earth to Billie: You’re in your 40s. Check this out only if you’re a hardcore Green Day fan (but don’t spin it…let the Buzz and the other Clear Channel drones have this carcass).