Album Review: Green Day – Uno (Reprise; 2012)

By Anna Cafolla

Green Day are back again with Uno, the first in a trilogy of albums that will be released over the next few months – aptly named Dos and Tre respectively – in time for their 2013 tour.

This may seem a little ambitious to some, but Billie Joe, Jason and Tre have pulled off another spectacular array of bass riffs, catchy hooks and passionate harmonies. They keep it fresh, while staying true to their grass roots – which is impressive, given that their eight preceding albums span back to the early nineties.

Uno starts with “Nuclear Family” – a catchy track that will get the mosh pits going.  It is reminiscent of the politically charged <e

m>American Idiot album. The catchy, repetitive choruses continue in “Carpe Diem” and “Let Yourself Go”, with a typical injection of gooey romance in “Stay the Night” and first single “Only Love”. The band continues to give an undeniable middle finger to society, and with the addictive percussion and incredible bass riffs provided, Green Day leave us lapping in their California Punk wake.

The only problem with Uno is that, beside the stand out tracks already mentioned, the likes of “Kill the DJ” and “Loss of Control” seem verbose and hastily put together. Hopefully, their plans for the second and third albums in the trilogy allow for less filler – otherwise the obvious question of quality, not quantity, will rear its head.

Uno begins and ends with a bang, and though it’s an anticipated one, it still makes you jump. It’s the same, decade-old template, but it works well for them.  Uno will undoubtedly bring them more success.

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