Green Day
iDOS!


3.5
great

Review

by Raul Stanciu STAFF
November 12th, 2012 | 31 replies | 4,405 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Channeling Foxboro Hot Tubs, Green Day create a solid record that offers some memorable moments, as well as some really embarrassing ones.

The second installment in the trilogy, iDOS!, is as mentioned by the band themselves, Foxboro Hot Tubs' second record disguised as Green Day. The party vibe is prominent and while the band does offer a few pleasant surprises along the way, they manage to embarrass themselves too.

Like ¡UNO!, the whole record is pretty much hit or miss and fairly inconsistent. Some tunes offer memorable hooks and are really fun, while a few are just flat or even cringe worthy. Even though the songs here suit the lightweight, twangy guitars more than those on ¡UNO!, this polished sound production still kills a lot of the much needed punch their earlier records have. As a result, "Stop When The Red Lights Flash", one of the highlights, doesn't translate that well on the record (the live version released on Youtube a month ago sounds really good), but nevertheless, it's still the best on iDOS!. The fast paced, trashy rhythm is infectious and the pummeling, repetitive chorus ("I'll make you surrender") easily gets stuck in the listener's head. Whether is Foxboro Hot Tubs or Green Day, it doesn't matter, because the track is downright fun all the way.

The pop sensibility is most visible on the simple yet effective first single, "Stray Heart", one of Green Day's catchiest songs since, at least, American Idiot. Musically, "Stray Heart" resembles "Fell For You" off ¡UNO!, with a classic rock 'n' roll feel and some straight-out-of-a-teenager-diary lyrics, Billie Joe promising "I'll never stray again from you[..]Everything I want/I want from you/But I just can't have you". Personal or not, the song is nicely crafted and serves as a lovely pop song. Also, tracks like "Makeout Party", "Lady Cobra" or "Lazy Bones" are almost equally entertaining and keep the snotty party vibe iDOS! aims at, distracting the listener from the worse moments scattered throughout it. The latter has the same chords as American Idiot's "Give Me Novocaine" only sped up, but manages to save itself, becoming enjoyable by adding various little tweaks distancing itself from the aforementioned ballad.

Unfortunately, as expected, some songs here are just plainly disappointing and drag the whole album down. The one minute opener "See You Tonight" acts as an unnecessary intro to the record, as the listener can guess the whole action only by reading the track list and spotting the second track, "*** Time" (which, by the way, is better than expected; not that catchy or dirty as it could've been given the title, but at least it's dumb fun). "Wild One" is just another track idolizing that perfect girl in Billie Joe's visions, who's been present on every Green Day album since American Idiot. Sometimes sanctified as an unsung hero, sometimes a rebel, it always feels as if the frontman has the same description consisting of abstract metaphors and comparisons regardless of circumstances (e.g., "Give up on Jesus/Forever the Venus/All dressed up with nowhere to go"). It worked for a while, but now he's just recycling the same theme. Furthermore, Green Day's attempt at swag this time is "Nightlife", a tepid, laid-back jam, that features some monotone vocals, complete with a rap provided by Lady Cobra of Mystic Knights of the Cobra. The collaboration doesn't work in any possible way, ending really embarrassing for the band. Perhaps they should have just left this song hidden on the shelf and never see the light of day, as the last thing their music needed now was rapping.

The childish lyrics become another negative aspect, since they continue to plague Billie Joe as he delivers his sloppy, solo acoustic mourn "Amy", dedicated to the late Amy Winehouse. The instrumental is decent, but the lyrics, acting like a eulogy, feel superficial and inappropriate ("No one really knows about your soul/And I barely even know your name"), all leading up to the deceiving chorus "Amy don't you go/I want you around/Singin' woah please don't go/Do you wanna be a friend of mine?". It all feels as if he's 12 again, asking for some girl in the neighborhood to come out and play with him instead of a serious, nostalgic tune.

In the end, iDOS! doesn't fare much better than ¡UNO!, but gets away by not setting its standards high, relying more on a loose atmosphere and the fun element (even if it fails at times). This way, the album gets away by being more indulgent in a positive way. Still, besides "Stop When The Red Lights Flash", "Stray Heart" and maybe a couple more tunes, most of the material found here does not have the strength to stand the test of time. It's clear that the guys had a lot of fun creating iDOS!, but this insane decision taken to release three records in such a short span of time involuntarily compromises the quality of the output. Again most of the songs rely on one musical idea, some clearly showing Green Day are able to create great songs, but on such a bloated 37 song affair, they get lost in the sea of the average ones. Long time Green Day and Foxboro Hot Tubs fans will enjoy iDOS! more than the casual ones, but this might be the best they get from the trilogy as these guys fare better when creating immediate records rather than over long, pompous ones such as 21st Century Breakdown.



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insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
November 12th 2012



3159 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

The album is solid and don't hate me for my opinion Sputnik.
DOS! is out today in the UK and tomorrow in the US. It was also released on November 9 in Australia.

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WhiteNoise
November 12th 2012



2877 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I'm just gonna say it...I love this fucking record AND I love the new Deftones. Take THAT Sputnik haha.

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insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
November 12th 2012



3159 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Unfortunately, the record is plagued with some terrible tracks, but most of it is enjoyable. So yeah, a lot of people will hit me with negs without even listening to the damn thing from start to finish.

Cygnatti
November 12th 2012



19988 Comments


noo

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WhiteNoise
November 12th 2012



2877 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Nightlife was just asking for trouble but musically I enjoy it.

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
November 12th 2012



3159 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

The lyrics are a big problem in this trilogy. Some feel rushed and some are just dumb.

greg84
Staff Reviewer
November 12th 2012



7162 Comments


There's no chance in hell I'm gonna check it out, but this is a good review. So, have a pos.

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insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
November 12th 2012



3159 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

On paper this is a total disaster, but some tracks end up real fun. Thanks Greg.

tommygun
November 12th 2012



21345 Comments


Really nice review, mate! Have a pos from me.

henryChinaski
November 12th 2012



2457 Comments


Did Billie Joe come up with these artworks on one of his bad trips?

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OwenKerplunk
November 12th 2012



2 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Seems almost as cool to hate Green Day as it is to hate Twilight these days, I agree with the review , it has some bummer tracks but I think it's a really good album that's fun if nothing else. I prefer Green Day when they've done everything seemingly without thinking too much, too much thought in American Idiot and 21CB! Also, let's not act like Billie-Joe has ever written the most mind-blowing lyrics!

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
November 12th 2012



3159 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Thanks guys.
@OwenKerplunk - Yeah, 21CB was too much. I rarely listen to that album in one take


AutoRock
November 12th 2012



416 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

A new age of hipsterdom where it's edgy and cool to like bands which the inital hipsters identified as lame has begun.

They call it:
Hipsterception.

Oh and this shit blows.

EvoHavok
November 12th 2012



1216 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It's better than expected, but whatever you think.
Nice review, btw.

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AutoRock
November 12th 2012



416 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

oh i forgot. The Review was good.

KILL
November 12th 2012



67082 Comments


fuckin gay

JazzHands333
November 12th 2012



311 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

Very good review. But I'm hating this trilogy.

ChopSuey
November 12th 2012



2383 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

had no idea this came out

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
November 12th 2012



18612 Comments


hmmm review was good but i honestly can't see how you could have enjoyed this so much lol

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insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
November 12th 2012



3159 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Thanks. I enjoyed the songs that sound close to Foxboro Hot Tubs' record, which is great.



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