Green Day Puts Out First Of Album Trilogy With ¡uno!
Over the last ten years, Green Day has retooled their sound, evolving from a punk band to more of a mainstream rock outfit as they continue to put out a series of chart-toppers. In the next five months the band will realize their most ambitious project yet: releasing the appropriately named albums ¡uno!, ¡dos!, and ¡tre! Next week, ¡uno! will hit shelves as Green Day have their eyes on completing the enviable idea of mastering so much material in such a short span of time.
A faster, punkier, and occasionally funkier piece of work than their last two releases, the band succeeds in ¡uno! by creating a solid first effort in their album trilogy. The album may not be a complete masterpiece, but it is Green Day’s best work since 2004’s American Idiot. The 12-track LP kicks off with “Nuclear Family,” an explosive rock song that sets a brisk tone that permeates the entirety of the album. As the beginning of the record progresses, frontman Billy Joe Armstrong tries to coax an object of his affection in “Stay the Night” and stumbles upon three-chord ambition in “Carpe Diem” before sinking into the album’s best song.
¡uno! passed the first test of Green Day’s self-imposed task. Now what will they do for their two-part encore?
¡uno! is available as a digital download, cd, and vinyl. Green Day is also selling a special collectors box that contains slots for each of the three records. ¡dos! comes out on November 13 and ¡tre! on January 15. The band will tour in support of ¡uno!, ¡dos!, and ¡tre!, including a date with the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas on September 20 and Temple University’s Liacouras Center next January 22.