Our Newest Writer Reviews The New Green Day Album – ¡UNO! Our Newest Writer Reviews The New Green Day Album – ¡UNO!

The very first compact disc I ever bought with my own money was Green Day’s Dookie. That was 1994. The adolescence in me loved the fast, hot-tempered punk rock as much as the adult in me loved Billie Joe Armstrong’s recent freak out at the I Heart Radio concert (although Henry Rollins finds it cute that Billie Joe’s been “doing this shit since 1988” but I digress).

Seemed like Billie, and presumably all of Green Day, had a fire lit under their proverbial belly. So I was excited to give their first new album in three years (and first of three LP’s in three months), ¡UNO!, a listen. Turns out the joke’s on me because that “fire” was really just whatever substance forced Billie Joe into rehab and nothing musically related.

I got about two and a half songs into ¡UNO! and thought to myself, “oh man, I’ve really been waiting for a new Foxboro Hot Tubs record!” Where’s the distortion on the guitars? Where’s the pace and ferocity on the snare hits? I realize these guys are getting up there but if dudes like Rancid and Social Distortion can still kick my ass after all these years then why can’t the boys from the East Bay?

It’s doubly frustrating because every song has a moment or two where you feel engaged and excited again. Just like I felt when I was 12 reading the liner notes while listening to “Chump” and “Sassafras Roots”. Back then immature themes about masturbation and rough sex amused me. But now?

Oh my god, you guys – Billie Joe is swearing like his mom is nowhere to be found!!

Hey Billie, stop writing songs for teenagers when you’re in your 40’s. It’s not very becoming.

If I had to say this album had any highlights it’d be that it doubles as one hell of a beer coaster. No, I’m kidding – I wouldn’t sully my beer with its presence. Ok, I’m just being mean right now. “Kill the DJ” musically is pretty interesting (although its lyrics are tepid and sophomoric). A departure from pure punk rock it has the feel of a Franz Ferdinand hit mixed with Fastball’s “The Way”. The song actually has some soul and swing to it. Unfortunately the track is surrounded by the same tired chord changes and lyrical phrasing we’ve heard the last two records.

The other highlight seemed to be the album closer, “Oh Love”, which features the line “I’m wearing my heart on a noose…tonight my heart is on the loose” which the naïve romantic in me actually latched onto. That and a B3 organ and you’ve usually got me.

Unfortunately moments like these don’t make up for the vast majority of the album that can best be summed up with this lyrical gem: “and I went down like the speed of sound, you’re out of sight but not out of mind.”

Well, boys, you had better come through with something better come ¡DOS! and ¡TRES! or you might just be out of my mind.

1. Nuclear Family
2. Stay The Night
3. Carpe Diem
4. Let Yourself Go
5. Kill The DJ
6. Fell For You
7. Loss Of Control
8. Troublemaker
9. Angel Blue
10. Sweet 16
11. Rusty James
12. Oh Love

Our Newest Writer Reviews The New Green Day Album - ¡UNO!, reviewed by Jason K on 2012-10-11T15:11:18-07:00 rating 2.0 out of 5

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