Green Day
iTRE!


3.5
great

Review

by Raul Stanciu STAFF
December 7th, 2012 | 151 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The last stand.

On the final part of the trilogy, Green Day bring out the last collection of tracks that might be their most diverse yet. Unlike the previous two efforts, iTRÉ! owes more to Warning than iUNO! and iDOS!, featuring more mid-tempo tracks more carefully crafted. However, like its predecessors iTRÉ! is also run through the Foxboro Hot Tubs sound filter.

What's relieving is the fact that this time there's no embarrassing attempt at stepping out of the comfort zone, instead Green Day are trying to cover all the grounds they've taken on before. Still, unlike the two counterparts preceding it, iTRÉ! is the most lyrically maligned, some songs having what's arguably the worst lines frontman Billie Joe Armstrong penned yet. From the chorus on "Sex, Drugs & Violence" that goes :"Sex, drugs and violence/ English, Math and Science/ Safety in numbers/ Gimme gimme danger", the sprawled, 6 minute epic "Dirty Rotten Bastards" that's going everywhere and nowhere at the same time, to the semi-acoustic croon that is "Drama Queen", which bears the strange lyrics "Daddy's little bundle of joy/ Out of a magazine/ Everyone's drama queen/ Is old enough to bleed now". On a first read the listener can only ask himself whether these are the confessions of a pedophile, since the meaning of the track is left quite unclear.

Still, it's interesting to see that in between these terrible lyrical missteps, there are also some aspects that (if are to be taken seriously) provide some insight into Billie Joe's lifestyle that has taken its toll on him as of lately. For example, the aforementioned "Dirty Rotten Bastards" is an ode to partying and indirectly a midlife crisis statement ("I've got an urge/ To binge and surge/ The tables turn/ To crash and burn[...]We're too old to be misbehaved/ We sold our souls and we're so ashamed of ourselves"). While the song isn't bad, it doesn't have any substance and just switches gears without saying anything really. It has some good parts here and there, but knowing the band could do so much better (see "Jesus Of Suburbia and even "Homecoming" off American Idiot) it only feels disappointing. "Sex, Drugs & Violence" has some small details of his childhood: "I've been getting lost searching my soul/ All around this town/ I took a wrong turn at growing up/ And it's freaking me out". It's nothing special but there are some scattered bits that have some actual meaning. Given more time, maybe Billie Joe would've avoided all the stupid verses and focus more on improving the lyrics. Unfortunately, it's too late to change them now.

Leaving these negative aspects aside, a lot of the songs on iTRÉ! are more attentively crafted than most of others released in the past months, complete with string sections (see "Brutal Love", where Billie Joe feels the need of an orchestra and doo-wop to point out the sadness in his beloved eyes regarding his refusal for ...brutal love) and the lot here is more diverse, which diminishes the monotony. For example, the more contemplative tracks like "X-Kid" and "Walk Away" both have opening riffs somewhat reminiscent to R.E.M.'s latest output (2008's Accelerate and some parts of Collapse Into Now), but as soon as the whole band kicks in everything sounds just like Green Day again. Even so, both are a welcomed breath of fresh air in this bloated trilogy and hint towards a more mature perspective of the band. The late tribute to the Occupy Wall Street protests, "99 Revolutions" is another solid tune, being one of the more energetic ones here. It has a nice melody and the chorus gets away for being catchy even though it's continuously repeated for almost a minute towards the end. This one will most probably become a live favorite from the trilogy. Also, "Missing You" and "8th Avenue Serenade" both harken back to the pre-Dookie era, again featuring sweet teenager lyrics concerning love and loss. Even though they don't sound as unpolished as Green Day's first two records, they come across as some the most fun and honest tracks on iTRÉ!.

In the end, iTRÉ! is unexpectedly the strongest record overall of the three. Although it has its own issues, these don't drag that much the whole affair down and there aren't any horrible missteps such as "Nightlife". Like the band described it, it's a "mixed bag" of emotions and styles they have tackled with in the past and present. The lyrical content is the biggest flaw here, since it really shows how rushed the whole thing is (or at least it seems). For fans and haters alike, it's a relief that Green Day are done releasing albums for now, as the guys did enough damage already to their career. Unfortunately, one album's worth of great songs overall can't sustain the bulk of the average ones and more people will remember this trilogy for the commercial flop and the cringe worthy moments than for the better tunes drowned on iUNO!, iDOS! and iTRÉ!. It's time for them to sit back, have a long holiday and try to come up with something tighter and more concise to recapture the lost fans back, but also to prove they still have it.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
December 7th 2012


3482 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Even though it's the best of them it's still a 3.5. I realize I defended their other two records in the trilogy more than I should've, but this one is unexpectedly closer to a 3.5. Also, in b4 random negs because it's Green Day. Constructive criticism appreciated.

Stream it here - http://www.iheartradio.com/iplaylist/artist/69310/

Digging: Brant Bjork - Black Flower Power

NightmareCinema16
December 7th 2012


2016 Comments


That worked for me. Have a POS.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
December 7th 2012


20068 Comments


review is good i'll pos

Digging: Circa Survive - Descensus

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
December 7th 2012


3482 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks guys. It's nice to see the record is more welcomed than the other two. Still, I wish the whole thing had one disc only.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
December 7th 2012


20068 Comments


If they combined the best tracks from all 3 albums they'd have a good album but there are only 2 songs I really like on this. (X-Kid and The Forgotten).

then again pretty much every song on dos was shit IMO

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
December 7th 2012


20068 Comments


Nah I'd say Tres > Uno > Dos

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
December 7th 2012


20068 Comments


how is uno worse than dos? dos had fuck time prolly the lamest song i've ever heard

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
December 7th 2012


3482 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Both UNO! and DOS! had some lazy and horrible tracks (TRE! also, but in a smaller amount). I do like some tracks off DOS! most from all three records. It's hard to decide though.

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
December 7th 2012


3482 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks. Objectively, I'd give those both a 2.5/3 for the tracks that ruin the records. Still, the fanboy in me gave it a 3.5 haha. I couldn't help myself. Anyway, I enjoy these 3 records more than 21st Century Breakdown, they're more down-to-earth.

KILL
December 7th 2012


72086 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

shit album fuck u

Digging: Steve Hackett - Out of the Tunnel's Mouth

TrantaLocked
December 7th 2012


1555 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

No one likes you, Kill. Go back to your Mom's basement.

Good review.

NightmareCinema16
December 7th 2012


2016 Comments


Harsh.

Sapient.
December 7th 2012


1109 Comments


to see this album's average staying somewhat above the 3 mark actually makes me happy, I'd just feel bad for these guys if all three were complete fuck-ups. still not rushing out to buy this anytime soon

KILL
December 7th 2012


72086 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

5 classic
Avenged Sevenfold Waking The Fallen
Converge Axe to Fall
Green Day Dookie
Killswitch Engage Alive or Just Breathing
Led Zeppelin Mothership
Sublime Sublime
The Beatles 1
Times of Grace The Hymn of a Broken Man
Great album and good review although I don't agree with it.

TrantaLocked
December 7th 2012


1555 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Your point? All of those have higher than average ratings.

KILL
December 7th 2012


72086 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

5n greatest hitz what a fag lol

KILL
December 7th 2012


72086 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

ur taste is terrible is the point

TrantaLocked
December 7th 2012


1555 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You're the asshole here, so whatever shit you give me really means nothing.

Waking the Fallen-3.8
Axe to Fall-4.0
Dookie-4.0
AojB-3.9
Mothership-4.3
Sublime-4.2
Beatles 1-4.0
Hymn of a Broken Man-3.7

Obviously you just don't like these bands. Most people agree that these albums are good, whether or
not the bands overall are the "best." Go ahead and deny that an A7X album is rated 3.8.

KILL
December 7th 2012


72086 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

a7x is my fav band they play guitar gd and fast :D

NightmareCinema16
December 7th 2012


2016 Comments


Most of us are douches no matter how hard we try not to be one.



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