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Sunday, December 9, 2012

Album Review: Green Day - ¡Tré!

Tre! is the final installment in the 2012 trilogy by the modern pop-punk icons, Green Day. Although this album was supposed to drop next month, the release was moved forward as a sort of compensation for the band's tour cancellations/delays due to frontman, Billie Joe Armstrong's current rehab stint.

I'll start this off by saying that I enjoyed Uno! and thought it was refreshing to see the band return to its roots for a little bit. However, the album came off as a bit unoriginal and a lot of the songs began to sound similar to me. As for Dos!, it was definitely original but it was just a horrible experiment by the band and I really want to pretend it didn't happen. The problem is that since these albums were in such a short frame of time, it was hard for me to forget the previous two when listening to this one and therefore I was worried I wouldn't be able to recognize it as its own album.

Fortunately this wasn't a huge problem because overall it was a rather solid album. The album starts off with the slower song "Brutal Love" which actually surprisingly was a good song in my opinion even though it wasn't typical Green Day. This was a first, because I felt throughout Uno and Dos that whenever the band tried to create a new sound, I wasn't buying into it. This time I was hooked.

And it did not stop there. Immediately after the song "Missing You" comes on with its catchy hook, symmetrical drum fill sections, and the all new Green Day guitar sound which I am absolutely loving more than anything on this trilogy. "Missing You" is my favorite song on the album because of how once again the band is able to keep things simple but also tread new water.

The rest of the album covers a various amount of musical styles. The song "X-Kid" comes off as a garage rock song with some really mashy guitars and it will end up being one the band's best songs. Then songs like "Sex Drugs Violence", "Little Boy Named Train" and "Amanda" deliver the classic Green Day punk feeling that the old fans will enjoy. Another stand out is the track "Dirty Rotten Bastards". This song reminds me a bit of "American Idiot" as it has very different parts and all of them transition almost like a story.

My problem with the album as a whole lies towards the end with "The Forgotten". Yes, I'm glad Green Day was able to get some publicity by releasing a track for the Twilight soundtrack, but I was not very thrilled with the placement of the song on this album. It's just a piano ballad and it closes a rather high energy rock album. I think that a song like "Dirty Rotten Bastards" would have been perfect to end it because it is one of the most intriguing songs and it is overall very epic.

And once again, I simply CANNOT overlook the context in this situation. Tre! was the third album is what was honestly a rather lackluster Album Trilogy from Green Day. Although Tre! is easily the best, most complete, and original of the albums. It does not deteriorate from the fact that the trilogy was rather weak.

As for the album specifically, I feel like it is the most original Green Day venture since American Idiot. The songs on here are a bit more developed and they have a fluidity when combined with some of the other tracks. This album really restored my faith in Green Day and now I can't wait to see them live. Good luck Billie Joe.

Final Score: 7 out of 10


Good Album.