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This is the first part of a three companion-album release, entitled Uno, Dos, and Tre. They can be taken as separate, stand-alone albums, but they really do compliment each other.
Uno is a blast of good old punk-rock with an old-school vibe and more refined and polished songs than might be created by just *any* punk band. Because this is Green Day. They eat, sleep, and breathe punk, and have literally spent decades transforming the genre and inspiring those who've come after.
There are no *misses* as such on this album, but there are songs in this 12-track collection that don't stand out as much as others. The tracks which, to me, *do* stand out, are 'Fell for You,' 'Kill the DJ' (the album version being much less sanitised than the released radio version - there's a lot more swearing here,) 'Angel Blue,' 'Sweet 16,' 'Troublemaker,' 'Rusty James' and 'Oh Love.'
I kind of go back and forth between which of these are my favourite tracks - but I do have a soft spot for 'Oh Love' - it just encapsulates something of the old rocker, conjuring images of a bar at 3am, whiskey, cigarettes, and an inebriated girl dancing the night away. Maybe my imagination needs to come down a peg or two in the vivid scale, but it's the kind of song which just is *vivid.* Maybe that's why they chose to release it as a single (and, as far as I'm concerned, the video backs-up the vibes I have off it.)
So, maybe not the outstanding masterpiece of American Idiot or 21st Century Breakdown (the latter being one of the best albums *ever* written, despite its under-appreciation,) but an excellent album all the same.
In early 2011, Green Day announed that they would be releasing not one, not two, but THREE brand new albums over the coming months. The albums would be titled 'Uno!', 'Dos!' and 'Tre!'. All three albums would have their own 'sound'. Even the band have likened it to 'Uno' and "getting ready for the party", 'Dos' "is at the party" and 'Tre' "is the comedown from the party".
Green Day apparently recorded over 70 songs for this era and decided that there was so much good material that they would put 36 tracks out over three albums.
'Uno' was released in September 2012 and is the bands first album since 2008's '21st Century Breakdown'. I would liken this album to their earlier sound from the 90's.
'Nuclear Family' is a great album opener. It's loud and everything you would expect from a 'Green Day' song. I do however feel that the song lacks something though. Maybe it's just me as this song gets a lot of love from the 'GD' fans. 7/10.
'Stay The Night' - Now this is more like it. It's got a great late night pop song feel to it. Not too heavy. 'I gotta know if you're the one that got away..." sings Billie Joe Armstrong. Beautiful. 9/10.
'Carpe Diem' - Classic Green Day. Something you'd expect from the 'American Idiot' album. Catchy. 9/10.
'Let Yourself Go' - Fast, loud, catchy, funky, classic Green Day. 8/10.
'Kill The DJ' - Fantastic song. It's quite different to anything they've done before. Beward of the numerous F-Bombs that are dropped throughout this song though.
'Fell For You' - Got a classic opening line "Woke up in a pool of sweat, first I thought that I had p___d the bed". Took me quite a few listens for me to really like this song. 7/10.
'Loss Of Control' - Hmmm, the album is starting to feel a bit samey now. Not a bad song but I'm ready for something mindblowing at this point. 7/10.
'Troublemaker' - This is the first song that I really feel is a 'filler'. After listening to it, you forget what it sounds like. 5/10.
'Angel Blue' - Oh dear, it feels like the album is taking a dip in quality at this point. I have no idea what this song is about. I'm still waiting for something epic. 6/10.
'Sweet 16' - Now I like this. The album takes a slightly slower pace with this song. It's not a ballad as such but just a nice change from the other fast and loud tracks. I have to say, it sounds so familiar to a track from their last album but can't remember which one. 9/10.
'Rusty James' - The penultimate track. Originally titled 'Last Gang In Town'. This is really good, it's perfect radio material. I think this would have made a good single. Classic Green Day. 9/10.
'Oh Love' - The closing track, and first single from the album. I can understand why they picked this song as the lead single. It's an ok track, but not as epic as previous lead singles from their albums. 8/10.
It's not a bad album. I can understand their point about 'getting ready for the party'. However, the album does tend to stick to the same sound throughout. If you liked early Green Day then this is the album for you. However, their next album 'Dos' is much better and I can't wait for 'Tre' as I think that will be my favourite from the trilogy.
Top 5 tracks:
1. Kill The DJ
2. Sweet 16
3. Rusty James
4. Stay The Night
5. Carpe Diem
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Nuclear Family
2 Stay The Night
3 Carpe Diem
4 Let Yourself Go
5 Kill The Dj
6 Fell For You
7 Loss Of Control
9 Angel Blue
10 Sweet 16
11 Rusty James
12 Oh Love