‘¡Uno!’ is the first in a new series of albums by Green Day. The three albums (¡Uno!, ¡Dos! and ¡Tres!) are all planned to be released in almost close proximity to each other, whilst all exploring slightly different musical directions. ‘¡Uno!’ follows the band exploring a simple rock-pop style, but I can’t help but think that I’ve heard this all before…
The album has a rather strong start. It draws the listener in, as though it’s almost hitting you on the head, but then it seems to just wander around the same basic structure. Every song seems to consist of reasonably fast-paced guitars and bass and drums, whilst Billie Joe Armstrong calls out the vocals. It’s not that the talent is bad, it’s just seems basic. It just seems highly formulaic, and considering Green Day have been capable of writing not only good songs, but good albums before that change around in structure and pace, it just leaves me highly disappointed.
There are some good songs on the album, but as an album, I find it gets boring incredibly quickly. By the time I reached the middle of the album, I found myself feeling that I’d heard these songs before, and was hoping for something to be played differently, something to be done differently on the album. The explanation (or justification) I could give for this is that it’s meant to be a concept album, and that exploration of different styles will happen on the following albums. But does this just mean that if there’s a different style on ‘¡Dos!’ that it will simply be another 12 songs sound alike, albeit, just a different style? I can’t make a judgement based on the next two albums before hearing them, but I can only hope they don’t follow the same formulaic patterns that the first album does.
That being said, there are some good songs on the album. I get the feeling that if I were listening to the album out of order, or certain tracks separately, that I’d enjoy them a lot more, than having to listen to them one after the other. There are a few songs that’d work better being listened to on their own, including the album’s starting track ‘Nuclear Family’, which feels like a great song to head-bang too, and ‘Carpe Diem’, which is quite an enjoyable track on the album.
In conclusion, I find ‘¡Uno!’ to be a disappointing start to this trilogy of albums. Music wise, everything just seems to be rather basic, with everything following the same simple pattern over and over again. There’s some good songs on the album, but as an album it just gets rather boring quite quickly. I’m not sure if I like the idea. On one hand, I like the idea of three albums following each other one after the other, each exploring different ideas. On the other hand though, I feel like perhaps it’s a bit of a money grabbing scheme, with a more professional idea being to simply make it a triple-album case with a one-off payment, rather than three albums with three payments. Overall, a disappointing start, and one that I hope is followed by stronger music, that isn’t so formulaic. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.
- ★★☆☆☆ 2/5
- Nuclear Family
- Carpe Diem
- Oh Love