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Review Round-Up 9/27/12: Green Day

By Andrew McNally Columnist

Green Day – “Uno!” Let’s face it, I didn’t want to listen to Green Day’s trio of albums. So I wrote this in early August before any of them were streaming. “Uno” probably starts off with a couple of decent pop-punk songs, a midpoint between “Dookie" tracks and American Idiot tracks. Two radio singles – you’ll enjoy one of them. They won’t be interesting, but catchy and maybe not bad. Hits and misses all around. The rest of the album will probably not flow, and be a muddled mess of an effort to “stay hip.” Billie Joe Armstrong joined “The Voice.” Grade: B- / C+ RIYL: Post-2000’s Offspring, “Tre!”

Green Day – “Dos!” This is the forty-five minute groan, the moment when you realize you remember previous Green Day albums coming out and that, yes, you’re aging at the same rate as them. This is the “Temple of Doom,” the “Die Harder,” the “Lost in New York” of the trilogy. There are slower tracks killing “Uno!”s hope. The first song over five minutes shows up as track three or four, far too early. Then it plays on as another rock opera but with no plot. Crappy lyrics paired with boring music will leave you deleting your Facebook; watching Jeopardy at seven. Grade: D RIYL: Post-2010’s Offspring, “21st Century Breakdown”

Green Day – “Tre!” I mean, it’s not bad. It’s a step forward – a sound album that flows better than the other two and has a good number of catchy, speedy pop-punk songs, probably. But you’ll begin to realize how pointless a trilogy is. The Clash’s “Sandinista” was a trilogy, from which people remember one song – the very first one. The songs will have no substance. You’ll enjoy it while it’s on, but when it’s over, you’ll only remember the three good songs from “Uno!” and continue to hear them on the radio. The three-set ends as you realize that one album compiled would’ve been much better. Grade: C+ RIYL: Lesser Clash albums, “Uno!”

TV That Matters 9/27/12: The Office, Parks & Recreation, Downton Abbey

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