CD Review: Green Day

Published in Drum Media (WA) | 20.12.12 | Issue # 319

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GREEN DAY

¡DOS!

20 December, 2012

Pressing play on the second instalment of Green Day’s ¡Uno!¡Dos!¡Tre! trilogy, I had to check that I hadn’t accidently put in the wrong CD. Welcomed by a country-tinged acoustic guitar and softly sung vocal, things weren’t off to great a start.

It’s only at track three, Stop When The Red Lights Flash, that we are greeted with a catchy chorus that draws attention. And finally, in track four, Lazy Bones¡Dos! delivers something in the same vein as ¡Uno! – an album that has a surprising amount of kick throughout. They keep the ball rolling with Wild One, but unfortunately at track six, Makeout Party (the title’s bad enough), things begin to take a turn for the worse. Cheap rock’n’roll knock-offs and cliché lyrics come flying out of the speakers in every direction and create songs that seem like they were rushed. With the release of three full-lengths in one year, it’s not surprising that a lot of the tunes don’t have much heart behind them.

The only songs that redeem the second half of the album are Stray Heart and Baby Eyes – two tunes that do a pretty good job of capturing the essence of what Green Day used to be all about. It’s simple songs like these that Green Day do best; four chords, lazy drums and simple-but-catchy melodies.

The release of ¡Uno! offered a hint of hope to fans, but it seems one album was as far as they could sustain it. It looks like they are going for quantity over quality.

Daniel Cribb

 http://themusic.com.au/reviews/album/2012/12/20/green-day-¡dos!-daniel-cribb/
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