Green Day – ¡Uno!

Green Day - Uno!

Green Day's album cover for Uno!

Green Day‘s catalogue will forever be known as pre-American Idiot and post-American Idiot. There’s what came before and what will come after. ¡Uno! is their first album to come after that isn’t made out to be a rock opera even though its execution is part of something almost as epic. It’s the first part of a three-part series of full-length albums that will be released in a five month period and they promise a return to their days of rocking punk-style with some variation between the three records.

¡Uno! offers a power-pop sound that shows the band at its least serious it’s been in almost a decade. Songs like Kill The DJ and Nuclear Family show a return to music for the sake of music. But the album has some of the remnants of their last two albums. The first single Oh Love could have blended in well as a side story to American Idiot or its followup 21st Century Breakdown, both of which presented the band in a new light that they are finding hard to shed now.

Full of the crunchy guitar riffs that they’ve become known for, ¡Uno! is a satisfactory reintroduction to the next phase of this band who have been active for more than two decades. Despite the lengths of their careers, they haven’t sacrificed the edge of their earlier sound; rather, knowing where they’ve been since there is a new level of appreciation that they’re able to return closer to their roots than many bands are with simpler songs that aren’t necessarily layered in purpose but are just fun.

With hooky melodies and simple arrangements of guitars, bass and drums, the mere idea that Green Day aren’t out to impress is impressive enough. So even if this band was responsible for some of the more socially political rock music in the last decade, they can still take themselves out of that scene to do songs that focus toward the inside. Even still, there’s the thought that in this post-AI world, you can take the idiot out of America, but you can’t take the American out of the idiot. Three stars

Tracklisting
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

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