Green Day
iDOS!


1.5
very poor

Review

by Joseph Viney STAFF
November 12th, 2012 | 308 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Strike two

Despite the odds, Green Day managed to defy expectations with September’s ¡Uno!. Indeed, as a consequence, they were lowered so far that even Billie Joe Armstrong was head height to them. With its terrible lyrics, uninspired and generic music and general sense of boredom, the only positive to glean from the wreckage was at least it couldn’t get worse. Or could it? Well, not exactly, but then again, this isn’t the sort of improvement you could hang your hat on. The problems that eviscerated their last release stalk ¡Dos! like the Ghosts Of Sh*t Ideas that Dickens left out of his final edit.

Armstrong’s lyrics are the biggest hindrance once more. Mid-paced snoozer “Wild One” is home to the lines “she gave up on Jesus for living on Venus” and “I’m drinking the Kool-Aid, I jumped on the grenade.” Has Armstrong just totally given up or is he trying to be deep? Neither would suit him. Elsewhere he appears to take on the role of some sort of sex pest, declaring that he wants to “choke you until you’re blue in the face” on the unfortunately titled “F*ck Time.” On “Makeout Party”, Green Day (combined age: 119) ask whether or not you want to play “spin-the-bottle” with them.

Musically, the majority of the songs on ¡Dos! sound like rehearsal room outtakes, songs so limp they couldn’t even be bothered to release them as the Foxboro Hot Tubs. “Stray Heart” is the sonic equivalent of wet lettuce, the usual three-chord jumble that starts and ends with little to no fanfare. It is one of many that follow such a tried-and-tested formula. The only real concerted effort to mix things up comes late on with “Nightlife”, but the female-led rap verses (yep) are incredibly lightweight, while Armstrong’s off-key drawl throughout the chorus is irritating. “Lady Cobra” is the best of a bad bunch; the powerful, bouncing rhythm and energy are very welcome, but it’s a song Green Day can do in their sleep.

It’s still not clear what Green Day hoped to achieve with all this crap. It won’t have been big sales and even as a product to promote the tour it’s useless. The biggest question remains: Green Day haven’t bothered. So why should we?



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ChopSuey
November 12th 2012


2392 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

puta mama huevos

Willie
Moderator
November 12th 2012


16149 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Nice review. I just don't get the lyrical hate, though. Their songs are almost exclusively made up of semi-lame, immature lyrics. It wasn't until American Idiot that they really decided to try to shed their past.

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MikeC26
November 12th 2012


3215 Comments


man, fugg this band...

TimeToDie
November 12th 2012


62 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

They should really consider giving up this whole rock band thing.

IMZA1793
November 12th 2012


843 Comments


Expecting "Tre!" to suck even more.

StrizzMatik
November 12th 2012


3232 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

People take a band like Green Day way too seriously

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
November 12th 2012


3521 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

@Willie - Their lyrics had more sense way back in the 90s or at least seemed more normal for their age, now it's just childish nonsense coming out of a 40 year old.

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TronaldDump
November 12th 2012


499 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

in other news, i stopped playing with action figures when i was 11

Buzzkillr
November 12th 2012


1541 Comments


summary should be "strike !DOS!" tbh

EvoHavok
November 12th 2012


1523 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Blah, expected a "Dos!/5"

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TronaldDump
November 12th 2012


499 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

or "why the fuck are they using spanish?"

Buzzkillr
November 12th 2012


1541 Comments


"Blah, expected a "Dos!/5""

it's 1.5 tho so that wouldn't work out

EvoHavok
November 12th 2012


1523 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah, obviously, but it would've been fun if he gave it 2 and went with that.

JViney
Staff Reviewer
November 12th 2012


322 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

It crossed my mind but I can't even be arsed giving it a 2.

treeqt.
November 12th 2012


11870 Comments


They should really consider giving up this whole band thing.


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bungy
November 12th 2012


8843 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

The people of Sputnik want a funnier summary.


We have spoken

clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
November 12th 2012


6515 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

“Stray Heart” is the sonic equivalent of wet lettuce

Lol.
Love the review. Really can't be bothered to check this out, because the last one was already egh...

NightmareCinema16
November 12th 2012


2016 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Yay. More negative reviews. I love them.

AtomicWaste
Staff Reviewer
November 12th 2012


2044 Comments


8th graders are all over this shit. No lie. They still worship Billie Joe like Nimrod just came out.

So I guess they're just pandering to their demographic.

AtomicWaste
Staff Reviewer
November 12th 2012


2044 Comments


Also:

Green Day (combined age: 119)


Made me lol hard.



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