Green Day has been around for more than 20 years but their music is still prevalent in today’s world. They have toured all over the world and have released nine albums thus far. So after a while it makes sense to try something new. The band has unleashed their first ever album trilogy ¡Uno!, ¡Dos!, ¡Tré! marked by the release of the first album ¡Uno! on September 25th.
Before ¡Uno!’s release, in an article was published by Britain’s The Sun, Green Day stated that this album would be like classic Green Day but “done with a new sound” and the band stayed true to their word. Fans of the band’s classic albums from the 90’s such as Dookie and Nimrod might hear the pangs of nostalgia through their speakers when they play this record. As always is the case with Green Day, this album isn’t for anyone with sensitive ears due to the excitingly high volume and expletives galore.
“Oh Love” is a perfect introduction for the entire trilogy while both “Kill the DJ” and “Let Yourself Go” gave the album a slightly different feel. “Kill the DJ” sounds like a song from the early 90s, vintage Green Day, while “Let Yourself Go” takes a different spin with a sound that relates to today’s alternative rock/pop punk sound. The sound of contemporary Green Day was represented with “Nuclear Family” which sounds similar to “Christian’s Inferno” from the band’s previous album 21st Century Breakdown.
Despite the quality of songs, there isn’t much variation between songs at all. This could have been done on purpose, as 1990’s Green Day albums also lacked variation and the band may have wanted to stay as true as possible to their original sound. Fortunately, the songs aren’t so similar that the album sounds like one continuous track. Some songs stay on track and go together cohesively and some just go off the track.
¡Uno!, being the first album in the trilogy, does a good job of opening the door for the other records that are scheduled to follow. Its upbeat sound is welcoming and if anything, will get fans curious as to what to expect next. ¡Uno! sounds as if it was ripped from Green Day’s recording sessions in 1993 during the band’s heyday. Even though at some points the album sounds derailed, it’s a solid opener to what should be an interesting trilogy.