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Green Day: ”Uno! (2012)
Warner Music Group

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The first part of Green Day's career is a natural evolution between the formation of the band and the release of Warning, in 2000. The second part starts with the release of American Idiot and is determined by the trio's decision to embrace rock stardom and begin to pose as an arena rock act that wr.
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The first part of Green Day's career is a natural evolution between the formation of the band and the release of Warning, in 2000. The second part starts with the release of American Idiot and is determined by the trio's decision to embrace rock stardom and begin to pose as an arena rock act that writes big sounding rock operas and puts on a show filled with fireworks and other gimmicks. The release of ¡Uno! marks the moment when these two separate eras meet. The new album is part of a huge and pretentious trilogy of records, but at the same time features simpler pop rocks that could have perfectly been released around 2002.

The record starts very well with four good pop punk songs in "Nuclear Family," "Stay The Night," "Carpe Diem" (which sounds a bit like Shenanigans' "Suffocate") and "Let Yourself Go," the punkiest sounding song of the release and arguably the best. After the danceable break of "Kill The DJ," ¡Uno! comes back to its Nimrod-esque sound alternating between "punkier" songs like "Loss of Control," "Angel Blue" and "Rusty James" (whose verses remind "Scattered" quite a lot), and '60s pop influenced songs like "Fell For You", "Sweet 16" and the Foxboro Hot Tubs-sounding "Troublemaker," until reaching its end in the too long but ok "Oh Love".

If the 12 songs go down easily in 41 minutes and ¡Uno! flows nicely between typical Green Day pop punks and '60s infused pop rocks, the singles choices are quite puzzling, since both "Oh Love" and "Kill The DJ" are neither super catchy nor musically represent the record at all. They are not bad songs, really. They are just not very good ones either. But while "Oh Love" fits well as an album ending, "Kill The DJ" just seems incredibly out of place. Actually, it gives the impression that Billie Joe Armstrong and Co. were trying to sound like late Clash, but achieved a Franz Ferdinand-like track that doesn't sound like Green Day at all.

One ill-fitting song is far from ruining the album, though. If you're the kind of person that can look past the make-up, the rehearsed stage moves and the exaggerated use of the word "fuck" for 40-year-olds, and simply listen to the music of ¡Uno!, you're probably gonna enjoy this record. In fact, it's quite hard to dislike it if you're a fan of Nimrod and Warning. All in all, the album is far from being mind-blowing and is very unlikely to change the face of rock 'n' roll (or even the band's current status in the music scene), but is a breath of fresh air and simplicity in Green Day's career and should please both long time and opera rock era fans.

 

 
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CJFry (April 25, 2013)

Overall I really enjoy this album. A lot of people are complaining about the simplicity of Uno, but i think it's nice to see Green Day do a "back-to-basics" pop punk album again after so long. And I think when they were writing this album they were thinking more of just having a good time and playing music that they enjoy, and that carries over to the listener; it's catchy and fun to listen to. Compared to the last two albums before this, it's a nice breath of fresh air and a great, enjoyable listen. Also, their live shows for this tour are super awesome! The new songs sound just like something from Insomniac when played live; fast, dirty, loud, and full of energy!

Stand out tracks:

Angel Blue
Loss of Control
Let Yourself Go
Nuclear Family
Sweet 16

alysonrose (February 15, 2013)

I agree with what you said about simplicity. I think thats why they had enough material for three albums! Songs like this don't go down in history, sure, but it is a good album that you can easily listen to and enjoy.

burk (October 5, 2012)

Haven't enjoyed green day this much since the first time I really understood the greatness of 'American Idiot'.

smarttrigger (October 5, 2012)

Enjoyed this more than I thought I would. Taking a step away from the rock opera phase is a step in the right direction.

justthetip (September 29, 2012)

This is not as offensively bad as their last two albums, but I also do not see many repeat listens in the future. The first song from dos sounds better than this, though. I will always give a new green day album a chance, but I no longer have any strong feelings or expectations for their creative output. It all sounds contrived to me.

paulrulzdood (September 27, 2012)

totally enjoying this "back to basics" album. I'll reiterate what everyone else has already said. yes, it sounds like what should have come out post-Nimrod, pre-American Idiot. It sounds like classic GD with a garage-rock vibe here and there. "kill the DJ" is an odd-ball track that sounds like a Offpsring gimmick track meets franz ferdinand meets later-day Clash with lots of F words. other than that making hte album flow a little odd, the rest of it is cohesive, easily digestible and a welcome throwback after the bombastic arena rock opera "21st century breakdown". They may be 40, but these guys can still write a damn catchy pop-punk tune. It's a very fun album and i can[t imagine any long-term green day fan not finding it enjoyable. the only listener that i could see being let down by it is a newer-era fan that wants to see them continue in the vein of 21st Cenutry and Idiot.

Paul

slymer (September 26, 2012)

I'm liking this album alot. I have no problem with "Kill The DJ"

BluthCo (September 26, 2012)

This album sounds kind of immature for as old as the band is (especially compared to Warning and American Idiot), but I enjoyed every song for its catchy fun.

MN_DrNick (September 26, 2012)

I find this album very similar to Weezer's "Hurley". It's not great, but it's a step in the right direction from their last good album in my book. ("Warning" for Green Day and "Green Album" for Weezer). Although, this is feeling a lot like Nimrod 2. I like this album. It has a few weak spots, but over all it's good. Glad to like a Green Day album for the first time since 2001.

porksoda (September 26, 2012)

The review was annoying. I felt like I spent more time reading about your opinion of Green Day as a band, rather than their music and the new album. And I'm tired of everyone using the 'either/or' comparison of The Clash or Franz Ferdinand. "Kill The DJ" is a perfectly decent song (actually pretty great, in my opinion), and I think it sounds like a Foxboro-esque dance song, if not just a plain Green Day song. If any song doesn't fit on this album, it's "Oh Love".

I like the album. I would like it a lot of more if there was less lead guitar. It works for some of the songs like "Stay The Night", but I feel like the opening leads of "Angel Blue" and "Fell For You" are misplaced and don't add anything but distraction. They would work much better as four-chord Green Day songs. "Fell For You" is close to becoming one of my favorite GD tracks, but I just can't get past the lead interrupting the chorus towards the end. I know it's a weird thing to nit-pick, but I feel like it's what's going to keep me from coming back to a few of the songs.

My other complaint is I feel like we've already heard the best tracks on the album. We've been bombarded by singles and videos and leaks to really let the fact that this is a new album sink in. Only a few songs that weren't already released are holding a spot in my mind, but I've also only listened to the album twice, so hopefully that will change. I feel like Uno is a good place for Green Day to start at after American Idiot & 21st Century Breakdown, and hopefully Dos and Tre expand on that.

COMMODORE_STRYCHNINE (September 25, 2012)

Was really looking forward to this since it wasn't going to be a "Rock Opera" and back to their old style sound. The songs on this one are okay but the way over exaggerated uses of the words "fuck" & "mother fucker" were what really ruined this one for me. These words are used all the time in punk music right? And used in the right context can be meaningful or really put an emotion across to the audience. However, in this case, not at all, it's just an ignorant use of profanity for the sake of using profanity. Really lame of them to not work on the lyrics a little bit more. Hoping the next two albums will be a little bit better than this one.

TheGraphic (September 25, 2012)

Great observations on the Green Day timeline its about time someone said it with composure and an articulated tone. too many people and have just gone in head strong and criticise them for the more recent work and forgotten about the earlier work they so adore
thank you for reviewing

The Graphic
www.facebook.com/thegraphicband

Apeman_on_the_moon (September 25, 2012)

I don't have one fucking minute to read this review.

hayman (September 25, 2012)

Not bad at all, seeing new albums by the bands I loved as a kid makes me happy.

Thumbs (September 25, 2012)

Not their best, but I still enjoy it.

8/10

boxcar (September 25, 2012)

Totally agreeing with the review and most of the comments...to that post before me: this!

Leonardo (September 25, 2012)

My take on the lack of 'drive and energy' or the overall 'poppiness' of the album is that it is manly a production issue. Maybe if the exact same songs without any modification were recorded in the Insomniac sessions, they would sound a lot more exciting, energetic and even punk.

conebone69 (September 25, 2012)

This was their record to suck everyone back in before giving them utter shit again.

It's like the Offspring..but worse

likeaparasite (September 25, 2012)

I guess I was a little hard on this saying it's by far their worst album. I still maintain that the best songs on it aren't as good as the few great songs on "21st Century Breakdown" (i.e. "Murder City"), but after listening to some of the songs a few times, I can admit that there's some good stuff here. At the same time, it lacks the drive and energy of their early albums and seems a little vanilla in comparison.

I agree that it's passable, but also derivative and shallow. Even at its best, it's like watered down Nimrod. At least there's nothing as lame as "21 Guns" or "Know Your Enemy". Those bad songs are infuriatingly corny and/or pretentious. The bad songs here are mostly boring rip-offs of bands like late period Clash, which is the lesser of two evils, I suppose.

djamberj (September 25, 2012)

I really like Warning. It's one of my favorite Green Day albums, along with Nimrod, so maybe I'm one of 'those Green Day fans'.

Given that, I don't think this album is worth anything besides a pass through. It's unfair to call those first few songs, 'pop punk' because they are simply pop. Everything is so produced it's painful to listen to at times.

The best songs on this album are ones that seem to fit their post Dookie, pre American Idiot sound. Fell for You, Stay the Night, and yes... Even Oh Love (which is too long, I'll give you that) These songs won't be automatically skipped if they come on my playlist, but I doubt I'll ever perk up and think, "Fuck I REALLY need to listen to that song off UNO!"

2.5/5

conblake (September 25, 2012)

good record, although because it resembles nimrod/warning (probably the gd albums i listen to least) i don't love it as much. but most of the songs are just great-fell for you is a perfect pop song.

chadreligion (September 25, 2012)

I definitely think it has a more Nimrod-Warning vibe, and it works! STAY THE NIGHT reminds me of a song they wrote after listening to lots of ONE MANE ARMY and DEAD TO ME. Overall, I give it a 6.

leecorsoisapenis (September 25, 2012)

Yeah, mclz....I believe Billie Joe is Coming Clean.

uncle_leo (September 25, 2012)

By late Clash, do you mean "Cut the Crap"? I can't think of anything on their prior albums nearly as bad as Kill the DJ...maybe the children's choir version of Career Opportunities.

foolsgold (September 25, 2012)

This review is spot-on. It doesn't have the grandeur of American Idiot, and it's far better than 21st Century Breakdown (aka American Idiot 2) in that it takes a moderately different direction--kind of like a combination of Nimrod and Warning, as is pointed out. It's not going to change anyone's mind about the band, but there are glimpses of originality and it's different enough to stand alone in Green Day's catalog. Worth a listen, if nothing else. It also succeeds in showing Green Day's not stuck in rock opera mode, and as a result I'm at least curious to hear what the other two albums in the trilogy sound like.

3-3.5 stars is pretty accurate. It's good; not great, not awful, but is probably a touch better than most releases you'll hear.

jacknife737 (September 25, 2012)

Stylistically it sounds like it should have been the follow up to Warning.

I like more of the album than I dislike.

MrPistachio (September 25, 2012)

I haven't heard the entire record yet but from what I've heard the use of 'fuck' is no where near as contrived and awkward as Mike Dirnt's hair.

mclz (September 25, 2012)

some relevant green day jokes

"woah, Billy Joe going into rehab...talk about a 21st century breakdown"
"Wake me up when my rehab ends"

killtaker (September 25, 2012)

Is there an age limit for using the word fuck?

killtaker (September 25, 2012)

Is "pop rocks" a term or genre of music? I thought that was candy.

fuzzbrain (September 25, 2012)

This sounds like fucking Justin Bieber!

imadeanaccountjustforthis (September 25, 2012)

I plan on saying "fuck" no less when I'm 40.

OntheImpossiblePresent (September 25, 2012)

I love it. Sounds like Nimrod/Warning era. Can't wait for Dos!

milkplus (September 25, 2012)

i'm with the guy below me about the pop-up. record was better than expected.

sciulli (September 25, 2012)

it was decent pop rock when I listened to the FB stream. I will listen again when it shows up on Spotify... but this'll probably be the first GD record I don't buy.

I still don't understand why when you click on the link for the review in the news post it pops open in a new window? This isn't 1998 internet anymore.

oldpunkerforever (September 25, 2012)

back to doing what they do best , pop punk. Not as bad as I thought it was going to be-oldpunker-

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