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Friday, September 21, 2012

Green Day's ¡Uno!: A First Listen

Posted By on Fri, Sep 21, 2012 at 11:33 AM

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"Angel Blue"

This one's pretty cool actually, with an "I Fought the Law" style guitar lead ripped at warp-speed and harmonies that are starting to resemble Weird Al Yankovic. They seem to be shuffling their old chord progressions around at random again, and I swear the guitar solo quotes Coldplay's "Charlie Brown." These songs are blurring together and not in a good way -- I'll be remembering this as the one where Armstrong pauses to ask (OMG THE WORDPLAY) "Won't you be my bloody valentine?" Didn't Good Charlotte already make that reference?

"Sweet 16"

Doubling down on the power-pop -- which seems to be the best strategy on this padded record's few-and-far-between lights, even though they already made a whole record that succeeded at that -- they pull off a decent Beach Boys-meet-Head Automatica tune with a vocal so understated you could almost pretend it's the Wrens on the chorus. And all good intentions aside, you will want to.

"Rusty James"

The distinctly Californian flavor of the pop here actually somewhat resembles that last Girls album that I was ultra-conflicted about. But this has the best harmonies and hook since "Nuclear Family," and it would make a nifty penultimate track if I was as enamored with the songs in between. The ending is exceptionally gorgeous. But this album was just pretty good. What do I expect from Green Day at this point? I guess if ¡Dos! and ¡Tre! stay on track (sucks that they even have to treat "simple" as a concept now) this is the kind of album they'll be making for the rest of their lives. I hope they had the time of their life.

"Oh Love"

I hated this more-bonus-track-than-single five-minute washout when I first heard it, but in context it makes a nifty denouement despite the fact My Chemical Romance is probably supplying choruses less inane than "Tonight my heart's on a noose" these days. Bless them for trying. And I hope they try harder, because a great new Green Day album remains an uphill battle even if they're a third* of the way there.

(*Hint, hint.)

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