Sunday, December 23, 2012


Unlike the first two (Uno and the better Dos), Tre, doesn't disappoint one bit. It's the best in the trilogy. It's consistent as anything the band's done since American Idiot. It's a thrilling ride from start to finish. My only dislike is the sound's still too clean. The opener, Brutal Love, lifts a page off Sam Cooke's Bring It On Home (complete with horns!), while the closing The Forgotten grandly pays homage to late period Beatles. And the other ten tracks showcase a much more focused band than before, finally getting back their groove. It feels like they've finally captured lightning in a bottle. The centerpiece, Dirty Rotten Bastards, is badass. Like I mentioned before, combining the best of all three records would've made one truly incredible album. I'm sure the band thought the same way early on too, but doing otherwise would've taken away the essence of what Green Day is about -- taking risks, being different. I mean, who would think of releasing three albums worth of new material in a span of just a few months? It ain't easy for even a big band like them to pull off, and for that they should be commended.