Sound Check: Green Day’s ¡UNO!
By Daniel Daw
Pop-punk trio Green Day returns with a new album, ¡UNO!, the first in a series of three albums set to be released later this year through the beginning of 2013. This album being a divergence of content from its heavily political predecessors — American Idiot and 21st Century Breakdown. However in sound quality it is pretty much exact.
The album opens with “Nuclear Family,” which, in all honesty, doesn’t really bring anything new to the table in terms of musical and lyrical style. It sounds like a generic Green Day song, which, if this trio of albums is supposed to be “Epic as [expletive],” isn’t exactly the best way to start out. It definitely pales in comparison to other opening tracks on previous albums.
Things do not improve much in “Kill the DJ.” While musically it varies from the rest of the album, the lyrics are annoyingly repetitive, with “Someone kill the DJ, shoot the [expletive] DJ” repeated over and over and over again.
At first, “Let Yourself Go” had potential, sounding a little like the band’s older stuff; however, like in “Kill the DJ,” the lyrics get repetitive (not nearly to that song’s degree). Also, the screaming of the chorus in this song is distracting and seems out of place.Despite this, the musical qualities are enough for the song to work
Fortunately, other songs on this album do make up for these couple of tracks. The closing track, “Oh Love” is probably the strongest on this album, with a catchy chorus section and varied musical structure the song.
One of the most baffling aspects about this album is that so many of the songs sound extremely similar.
If the following two albums in this series will be anything like this one — there is absolutely nothing to be excited for.
Best Track: “Oh Love”