The second part in the trilogy of albums by Green Day, ‘¡Dos!’ is the latest release, sticking to a more garage-rock form. The album pretty much follows on from the groundwork that ‘¡Uno!’ laid back in September, with this album being a rather formulaic album of 13 or so songs, featuring the manic clanging of guitars, bass and drums. To be honest, there’s very little here that is left to the imagination. Everything is just… basic and simple. Nothing new, and nothing impressive.
On this album, Green Day find their footing by producing a lot of songs that feature a clanging style of guitar, simple basslines and simple drums. There’s a more dirty style to the overall sound on this album, with it sounding less polished than their previous albums. The vocals have a slight echoing style to them, and the guitar lines clang their way through each song. It is somewhat different to ‘¡Uno!’, but it isn’t incredibly different, and for that reason I’m just annoyed by the album. I find it remarkable that a band that is clearly capable of writing good music just seems to churn out any old thing and expect the fans to like it. As it is, the fans will probably find a lot to enjoy in not just this album, but the whole trilogy. Frankly, it just doesn’t work for me, and I’m not convinced.
I could argue that ‘¡Dos!’ is better than ‘¡Uno!’, but it’s like saying is eating grit better than eating sand. Perhaps it’s a harsh analogy, but it serves the point that this album just doesn’t live up to much. There’s some good songs on here, and arguably, one of Green Day’s best songs in many long years, but as a complete album package, it just isn’t anything special. The problem with this album is that there’s just no variety, and no imagination on many of these songs. Everything just feels lazy, as though any band with a guitar and five minutes of spare time could write. It would certainly explain why Green Day have enough material to fill three albums up, and certainly three albums will please the fans, but I for one wish that Green Day would just not churn out every single song they come up with, but instead refine the ideas they have, and produce one really good album that they can be proud of.
It is important to mention though, that there is one song on here that I feel really stands out, not just on the album, but out of their whole career. The final track on the album, titled ‘Amy’, written about the late-singer Amy Winehouse, serves as one of Green Day’s most thought-provoking songs. The instrumentation features Billie Joe on guitar, simple singing along. It’s a rather simple mix, but it works really well, and helps to give the song some impact. It is an interesting song, as it’s very nice in places, but there’s a highly sad element that is tinged throughout the entire song. Considering how underwhelmed I was by the album, it was a very nice surprise to find at the end of the whole album, and I’m glad it made it’s way onto one of Green Day’s albums, even if it is not their best.
In conclusion, I’m not impressed by ‘¡Dos!’. I wasn’t impressed by ‘¡Uno!’, and whilst ‘¡Dos!’ is better than the first, it still isn’t anything special. It just feels like an album comprised of the first songs the band could think of. There doesn’t seem to be any variety or thought put into any of the songs. That being said, there are still some good moments on the album, and moreso than ‘¡Uno!’. In the end though, with both ‘¡Uno!’ and ‘¡Dos!’ being so underwhelming, it leaves me with very little anticipation for ‘¡Tres!’ when it is released in December. Perhaps it’ll be something to be enjoyed, but considering how the first two albums have gone, I somewhat doubt it.
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