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Green Day: ”Dos! (2012)
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The second chapters of trilogies generally end up being the most exciting. With the origin story told by way of the first chapter and the crescendoed action leading to a conclusion in the third chapter, the second act packs more punch, more rising action and sees the players involved more settled in.
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The second chapters of trilogies generally end up being the most exciting. With the origin story told by way of the first chapter and the crescendoed action leading to a conclusion in the third chapter, the second act packs more punch, more rising action and sees the players involved more settled into their own skin. The Empire Strikes Back, Back To The Future Part II and Evil Dead II are all generally regarded as the best entries of their respective series.

Album trilogies don't quite work in the same way as film trilogies do, however, especially if there's little to no overarching narrative present. Music is a more immediate medium than film, and as such the first entry is probably the most important and exciting. So maybe it's not a huge surprise that as both a part of a trilogy and as a standalone LP, Green Day's ¡Dos! is mostly underwhelming. In the cases of 2004's American Idiot and 2009's 21st Century Breakdown, Green Day's ambition and scope was most of the appeal; that they could write more or less the same three-chord pop-punk songs they'd been writing for years and make them feel like events without sacrificing catchiness or accessibility was impressive. With this trilogy, the scope has been severely decreased, but the band somehow want the grandeur from their previous two records to remain part of their aesthetic, even when it just doesn't fit the music at all.

Another issue with a trilogy of albums is that ideas inevitably become recycled and there's a greater chance for filler. That's the case throughout the ¡Uno! / ¡Dos! / ¡Tre! trifecta in varying degrees, but ¡Dos! contains far more than the other two entries. The plodding tempos of "Wild One," "Makeout Party" and "Wow! That's Loud," among others, all have a been-there-done-that feel; these songs just don't have enough character to emerge from the background.

When Green Day experiment a bit on ¡Dos!, the results are even more negative than when they play it safe. "It's Fuck Time" is so cartoonish, so dumb and so needlessly vulgar that it sounds like a song a fake band would be performing at the wedding reception scene of an R-rated comedy, as opposed to a song being performed by a very real band, and one of the biggest bands in the world at that. The electronically-tinged "Nightlife," featuring Lady Cobra, is a blatantly misguided attempt at a vapid pop song written by a band that's become too big to fail, too massive for anyone around them to reel them in.

Though few and far between, there are some bright spots on ¡Dos!: "Stop When The Red Lights Flash" is full of concentrated riffs and huge vocal hooks that have become synonymous with the best moments of latter-era Green Day; "Lazy Bones" contains one of the most massive choruses the band have penned in years; "Stray Heart" is anchored by a bouncy bass line from Mike Dirnt, classically-tinged drums from Tre Cool and jangly guitar upstrokes from Billie Joe Armstrong that converge to create a clearly Elvis Costello-influenced power-pop gem.

As a follow-up to ¡Uno!-which is looking better by the day and is, in fact, the best album in this trilogy-¡Dos! underwhelms. As a second chapter in this larger trilogy, it fades into the background; While ¡Uno! is an above-average, "return to form" pop-punk record and the risks on ¡Tre! are more calculated and interesting, ¡Dos! doesn't seem to know what it wants to be, and that ends up being its biggest hindrance.

 

 
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porksoda (April 15, 2013)

I feel like you went out of your way to trash this album. If it you don't like it, and even if some songs are skips, a 2 out of 5 seems low.

ruinedthescene (March 24, 2013)

pretty enjoyable. "Baby Eyes" and "Wow that's Loud' are some of the better songs in the trilogy

Russe11 (March 18, 2013)

Actually, Green Day IS the Foxboro Hot Tubs, and they can write whatever the fuck they want. That said, this trilogy sucks.

ghostdentures (March 15, 2013)

Expecting green day to sound good is like saying the sound of a queef is appealing. This band isn't even a punk band. Pop music is what it is.

conblake (March 14, 2013)

I'm a big Green Day fan, but what bugs me about the trilogy is just that Green Day kept trying to write these Stooges/garage-y style rock n 'roll "party badass" songs and just fucking failing. Green Day is not the Foxboro Hot Tubs; Green Day is a pop-punk band that writes introspective, angry, confessional songs about being in love and pissed off and sad, and more recently political stuff. They often veer into hard rock and power pop and folk, but that kind of honest writing is why I got into them in the first place. If they wrote less shit like "Make Out Party" (which falls flat with boring riffs and shitty double entendres, as do 70% of the party songs on these albums) and wrote more "8th Avenue Serenade" (a genuinely stunning pop punk love song with some great backup vocals), the Trilogy would be at least be good. Lesson: don't confuse side projects with the band.

phillypunk (March 13, 2013)

This album has a few gems,like "Baby Eyes"(best song of the trilogy) then there is "Lazy Bones"and also the simple inrto track of "See you tonight" then there "Wild One" and of course"Wow Thats Loud" the rest just filler,well the one and only single "Stray heart" i say was only single i liked so far. I still will say i take the 37 new songs compared to just one new album that would have been made up of what the label think be the best 12-14 songs compared to what actually are the best songs. all 3 albums get 3 stars each from me, and well could get 4.5 stars if I was able to pick the 12-14 i make out the 37 plus as one album.

OrgcorePunker (March 13, 2013)

Crap

OrgcorePunker (March 13, 2013)

Crap

thisrespirator (March 13, 2013)

Or the Cure's Pornography, Disintegration and Bloodflowers trilogy. Though, those records were years and years apart.

johngentile (March 13, 2013)

"Reviewer is describing 'album trilogies' as if it's a real concept. I'm pretty sure Green Day set the precedent here. Rather, they were the first band who thought of it who then didn't realize it's a bad idea."

You are incorrect. the Melvins did an album trilogy before this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Maggot

Certainly, other bands have likely done it before even then. You could consider Bowie's Berlin trilogy as a trilogy.

insinceredave (March 13, 2013)

Back to the Future > Back to the Future II

sometwo (March 13, 2013)

Reviewer is describing 'album trilogies' as if it's a real concept. I'm pretty sure Green Day set the precedent here. Rather, they were the first band who thought of it who then didn't realize it's a bad idea.

crackpotdemagogue (March 12, 2013)

"Nightlife" is the worst song Green Day has ever recorded. Really, really bad and cringeworthy. I was excited at the prospect of a trilogy at first, but on hearing the records I was disappointed. It's an exercise in pointless egotistical excess. They could have put out a really solid single album with maybe 15-18 songs, that's the most frustrating thing about it. "Dos" is my least favorite of the three albums & "Fuck Time" should've stayed a Foxboro Hot Tubs jam, nothing more.

telegraphrocks (March 12, 2013)

Alright, I re-read the review, and I take back my "cunt" comment. You're not a cunt, I just disagree with you.
It was actually a pretty good review.

timmer917 (March 12, 2013)

Fuck Time is such a sketchy song

swank (March 12, 2013)

"Brain Stew (Godzilla Remix)", used to be the worst, most embarrassing Green Day song ever released. Used to be. Now that title belongs to "Nightlife". But the reviewer nailed it. I really can't believe nobody at any stage pulled them aside and said "you know that song is complete, 'California Crusin bumpin in my Truck'-level shit, right?"

swank (March 12, 2013)

Back to the Future II is an underrated movie, but there's no way anyone in their right mind regards it as better than the first.

telegraphrocks (March 12, 2013)

Pretentious cunt.

Fun album. Fuck y'all. 8/10.

kylewagoner (March 12, 2013)

Best of the trilogy.

alysonrose (March 12, 2013)

An alright album, but my least favorite of the triliogy.

fattony (March 12, 2013)

In what possibe way is Back To The Future II better than the first!? "Hoverboards" is not a sufficient answer.

This whole trilogy of albums stunk. There's a decent Green Day album scattered among all three, but these multi-album releases always suffer from bloat and inconsistent quality.

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