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    Thu, 20 Sep 2012 10:48:39

    Green Day "¡Uno!" Album Review — 5 out of 5 stars - By ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino…

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    • Green Day - SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 20: Frontman, lead guitarist and songwriter of US punk rock band Green Day, Billie Joe Armstrong plays to packed out pub on February 20, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Green Day, in Australia on the Soundwave Festival tour decided last minute to do a pub show at the Captain Cook Hotel in Surry Hills, Sydney. Playing on mostly borrowed gear, Green Day played to an intimate crowd.
    • Green Day - SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 20: Mike Dirnt, bassist and back-up vocalist with US punk rock band, Green Day, plays to packed out pub on February 20, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Green Day, in Australia on the Soundwave Festival tour decided last minute to do a pub show at the Captain Cook Hotel in Surry Hills, Sydney. Playing on mostly borrowed gear, Green Day played to an intimate crowd.
    • Green Day - SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 20: Frontman, lead guitarist and songwriter of US punk rock band Green Day, Billie Joe Armstrong plays to packed out pub on February 20, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Green Day, in Australia on the Soundwave Festival tour decided last minute to do a pub show at the Captain Cook Hotel in Surry Hills, Sydney. Playing on mostly borrowed gear, Green Day played to an intimate crowd.

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    So, leave it to Green Day to top even Dookie with their ninth studio album, ¡Uno!.

    Now, American Idiot and 21st Century Breakdown were classics in their own right, but Dookie changed the game for a whole generation and beyond. If you can't hum "When I Come Around" by heart, there's something wrong with you. Who could forget the video for "Basket Case" or the band's mud-covered Woodstock '94 deification? However, the first entry of their ¡Dos!, ¡Tré! trilogy ups the ante and reeks of revolution. It's the biggest, most bombastic, and brilliant Green Day album yet. Like your favorite records from AC/DC and The Beatles were simplicity is the key to genius, ¡Uno! remains timeless.

    From the power chord unrequited lover's plea "Stay the Night" to the smoking stomp of opener "Nuclear Family", the band has perfected pop rock into a punk-y science. "I just want some action, so give me my turn," declares singer and guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong at the start of the former. That action comes on the tasty bass bounce from Mike Dirnt, while Tre Cool's towering beats can fill any stadium worldwide. Let's not forget the surf-style lead—pure California bliss.

    "Carpe Diem" is a groove-driven anthem of seizing the moment—might be their "Motto" a la Drake and Weezy—and "Let Yourself Go" speeds up the punk well past 65 mph. The trio manages to experiment on the funky soul strut of "Kill the DJ". No man behind a computer or turntables will survive their swagger…

    "Fall For You" fells sensitively slick in a '50s vibe, while the closer, and first single, "Oh Love" is as massive as anything U2 or Coldplay have turned out, but there's still the right amount of gutter grit.

    Whether you dig pop, punk, rock, or whatever-catchy-sonic-poison-exists, ¡Uno! is for you. It's proof that rock is alive and well. Leave it to the punks, and there are two more of these on the horizon!



    Rick Florino
    09.20.12


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