Green Day : ¡Tre! (cool, phew… it is)
And this is it, the final installment of Green Day’s Trilogy. If you read my last review on ¡Dos!, then you should know that I am not looking forward to this album. But it pleases me to say that I have not been disappointed. Not fully satiated, but not irritated.
It kicks you off with Brutal Love a beautiful ballad with a very unique sound, nothing unique in the wide spectrum that is music, but for a band like Green Day in a ‘field of their own’, it’s something significant. They really have focused on their musical style a hell-of-a-lot more and it shows with Brutal Love and definitely the gem that is Dirty Rotten Bastards, but more on that later.
The album itself sounds like songs that have been written for girlfriends past but have been recited with a more professional, grown up theme. Pay close to attention to 8th Avenue Serenade, Amanda and Drama Queen. With lyrics like, ‘I searched the moon I lost my head, I even looked under the bed’ on Missing You, it still keeps the childish element alive. It’s so cliché but I have to admit… I love it. It’s just so true and an honest inscription of what Punk-Rock has become today. With a world where there is not much to rebel about, Punk has to delve into the everyday turmoil feelings and traumas we face, emotionally. Just like Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) this album holds you to some form of nostalgia, or (if you’re at that teen-age) will start to become one of ignition in future years.
The negative connotation about this album (there always has to be one) comes in the form of Sex, Drugs & Violence and The Forgotten. Whilst not awful songs by any stretch they just sound like they belong to a much earlier [failed] edit of American Idiot. The former is very catchy and the latter is beautiful in its simplicity.
And here comes the best bit… Dirty Rotten Bastards
A perfect song for Green Day. A Jade stone (it is Green Day after all). Amazing. Think about the ‘Rock Opera’ that is St.Jimmy. This song charts the feeling of every successful release of their careers. You can hear the beginnings of Dookie, the Melody of Nimrod, the Melancholy of American Idiot and the Ferocity of 21st Century Breakdown mixed with the musical ability of ¡Tre! There’s a guitar AND a bass solo, and whilst he’s not quite up there with the best like John Myung (from Dream Theater) it’s nice to hear Mike Dirnt get a little time to himself.
X-Kid is a wonderous song which epitomizes the idea of what you would say to your younger self if ever met, once again it’s still nothing distinctive or different but just…. nice and reminiscent. With the added content of Little boy Named Train which sounds like how the song suggests, punk rock music for infants. This is definitely one that I can see Billy Joel Armstrong playing to his kids to get them to sleep, and that leaves a lovely little image, but this leads to a conclusion…..
…..It’s not a ground-breaking album like American Idiot – and I’ll be the first to admit that this is what I was hoping with, with this trilogy, and I was wrong to do so – but it’s an album that’s catchy and very easy to listen to. You can tell where they’ve strived to become more with their music, no doubt thanks to Jason White (their new guitarist) who takes the band into a realm of solos but still maintaining their simple hard hitting, simplicity.
The whole trilogy has been a twist and turn at every song. I can even admit now that ¡Dos! Is not as bad as when I first listened to it, but only when joined with the one and three (got bored of writing the actual titles and seeing the evil red squiggly line saying that I’ve spelt something wrong). Together they make something special and it is a success and proves that Green Day are capable of so much more than they have been, and will continue to do so. It is, however, with a saddened heart that I feel that their reign as ‘Kings of Punk’ is coming to an end. They have shown the world what they are capable of for more than a decade and have done nothing but build upon their success and themselves, but are now starting to deplete their resources. The addition of Jason White is a superb facet and one that will serve them well. I know for sure that they will come back with a new album that will be great, but that’s it just….. great. I think they know this to, just listen to the last track of the trilogy The Forgotten. This is not a bad thing, this band – and I will eat my own hair if I’m wrong – will be around forever, they have entered themselves into music fame and will continue to be there for generations.