“¡Tré!” – Green Day

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Green Day has been floating around in music news ever since the beginning of this trilogy, ¡Uno!, came out back in September. Between these three albums, Billie Joe’s trip to rehab, and the news of two new documentaries being released, one based on the early days of Green Day and the other on the work that went into this trilogy (appropriately titled ¡Cuatro!), Green Day is everywhere. While ¡Uno! was surprisingly better than expected, ¡Dos! struggled to impress, leading me to believe that the albums would only get worse. With the release of ¡Tré!, I only expected the worst. To my surprise, it exceeded expectations, much like ¡Uno!, but not quite to the same degree.

The current cover photo on Green Day’s Facebook page accurately parallels this musical trilogy with a party: ¡Uno! is the warmup (a.k.a. pregame) to the party, ¡Dos!, is the party itself, and ¡Tré! is the hangover the next day. This makes sense since ¡Tré! is the most tame album of the three, mostly due to a select few soft, piano-y ballads like “Brutal Love,” “Drama Queen,” and “The Forgotten.” They add a nice change of pace to the trilogy, though some argue that this is not Green Day’s style and is reminiscent of some of the big flops off of 21st Century Breakdown, namely “Last Night On Earth” and “21 Guns.” Most of the rest of the songs, like “Missing You,” “8th Avenue Serenade,” “Sex, Drugs & Violence,” etc. are just rehashings of other songs from ¡Uno! and ¡Dos!, and though they rock pretty hard, they’re nothing we haven’t heard before.

“Dirty Rotten Bastards” is the big standout on this album, for me at least. It’s the longest song in the trilogy, coming in at almost six and a half minutes. It is essentially three songs in one (a tried-and-true Green Day formula: “Jesus Of Suburbia,” “Homecoming,” and “21st Century Breakdown”). The song itself is pretty classic Green Day with some hints of the new stuff thrown in. There is also a sick bass solo, which I’m pretty partial to.

Now that the entire trilogy is finally out, we certainly have our hands full with 37 brand new Green Day tracks. Hopefully, they won’t be releasing any new material, at least for a few years, as this new stuff could take some getting used to. ¡Tré! is certainly better than ¡Dos!, though it doesn’t quite compare with ¡Uno!, and as a whole, this entire trilogy is far from Green Day’s best work.

-Joe MacPhee

Recommended Jams: Dirty Rotten Bastards, Brutal Love, Sex, Drugs & Violence

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