Green Day
iTRE!


3.5
great

Review

by BenitoOfficial USER (5 Reviews)
December 9th, 2012 | 26 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A significant step up and a movement in the right direction.

Alas, it seems like many Green Day fans have already given up on this trilogy idea. !UNO! was pleasant but unremarkable, and !DOS! saw some of Billie Joe Armstrong's most forgettable songwriting on display. Luckily, !TRE! is a return to something resembling the Green Day we know and love. It's not likely to make anyone's all-time top three albums, or even the top three of this band, but it's finally something to enjoy as a Green Day fan.

After 'Brutal Love' wafted in with a chiming riff and sweet melody, I was immediately more optimistic. Unfortunately, the opener to !TRE! drags on for about two minutes too long. After what becomes a fairly repetitive introduction, 'Missing You' is a rejuvenating second track. 'American Idiot' is strongly present, as is a 'Warning' style chorus melody that restores faith in Billie's ability to come up with insanely catchy singalongs.

This thankfully isn't a one-time occurrence on !TRE!. The garage-style guitar sound that formed the saving grace of !DOS! is present, but used in a much more refined way, appealing to a listener's pop sensibilities. Similarly, !UNO!'s harmony and melody is reproduced effectively, meaning that Green Day's third effort combines the best parts of the first two. The feel-good tone on 'X-Kid' is refreshing and much needed, combining a familiar riff with a gorgeous melody and the most contemplative lyrics that Billie has written throughout the whole messy trilogy.

Though, The best part of !TRE! is its continuity and structure. There's no bizarre reggae/ska, fewer nonsensical lyrics about teenage sex romps, and most importantly, no 'Nightlife'. The more zany tracks are tasteful and fun - '8th Avenue Serenade' is a cheerful indie bopper that doesn't instantly alienate the listener with weird lyrics or unnecessary rhythms, but still pushes the boundaries of what we've known from Green Day in the past. Even the pretentious 'Dirty Rotten Bastards', which fails in its quest to be 'Jesus of Suburbia 2.0', still has its moments despite being unnecessary in the course of the album.

What's more, there's even some throwbacks for the older fans of the band. the Jam-esque 'Little Boy Named Train' hints at a more classic Green Day sound, and 'Sex, Drugs and Violence' could come out of 'Nimrod' (at a stretch perhaps), despite its frankly stupid lyrics about Math and Science in the chorus. The chords and melodies are closer to what we've expected from Green Day in the past.

Barring a documentary to come in 2013, !TRE! brings the curtain down on what could be called a failed experiment for Green Day in 2012. Had the trio offered up the third effort by itself and come up with a better name for it, most fans would have probably been satisfied, such is the step up from the frankly unnecessary !DOS!. Of course, !TRE! has duds of its own. 'Drama Queen' is a failed attempt at crooning from Armstrong, and although 'The Forgotten' tugs nicely on the heartstrings in parts, it never rises to the great heights lyrically or musically that it might have - given the string section and five minute timespan. The thirteen year old fans might find meaning in it, but it's actually rather boring after the guitar solo. Past that, however, !TRE! is a success worthy of the band's proven talent. One really has to wonder whether the second and third installments of this trilogy were written by the same man.

Recommended:

X-Kid
Missing You
99 Revolutions
8th Avenue Revolutions


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NightmareCinema16
December 8th 2012


2016 Comments


Nicely done. POS, I'd say.

ThroneOfAgony
December 8th 2012


3485 Comments


Yeah 99 Revolutions was surprisingly good

Great review too

RetroSpective
December 8th 2012


822 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

great album and review, pos

also its 8th avenue serenade not 8th avenue revolutions.

ZackSh33
December 8th 2012


295 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

X-Kid = best song on the trilogy, by a mile

Tre = best album in the trilogy, by a mile.

pos'd

ThroneOfAgony
December 8th 2012


3485 Comments


You'll probably hate it, idk though. I thought it would blow but the album is pretty uplifting and fun

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
December 8th 2012


16023 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

shit

Digging: iamthemorning - Belighted

TrantaLocked
December 9th 2012


1515 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You have Dookie at 3/5, so it makes sense this would be shit to you.

RetroSpective
December 9th 2012


822 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

deal with it

RetroSpective
December 9th 2012


822 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

bitch

sixdegrees
December 9th 2012


17070 Comments


watch them release a b-sides compilation and a remix album.

Digging: Foreground Eclipse - Stories That Last Through The Sleepless Nights

TrantaLocked
December 9th 2012


1515 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great review.

WhiteNoise
December 9th 2012


3148 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Brutal Love is so fucking cool. More bands need Otis redding horns dammit!

VheissuCrisis
Contributing Reviewer
December 9th 2012


970 Comments


Even though the reception for this has been more positive, I find it hard to care after Uno.

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
December 9th 2012


3398 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Well, TRE! has its moments. The more introspective songs here are better than expected. Good review man, pos.

Digging: Amplifier - Mystoria

ChopSuey
December 9th 2012


2392 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

They're probably gonna make another music video for this

henryChinaski
December 9th 2012


2757 Comments


Lol at the ratings for this one.

BobbyBob
December 9th 2012


1 Comments


I agree with the Brutal Love comment. It really did run a minute too long, but it's still one of my favourites. I loved "8th Avenue Revolutions" too haha.

WhiteNoise
December 9th 2012


3148 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"Even though the reception for this has been more positive, I find it hard to care after Uno."

Yet you still take time to click and comment here. Brilliant.

demigod!
December 9th 2012


44381 Comments


still waiting on a downer review for this

Digging: Portishead - Dummy

TrantaLocked
December 9th 2012


1515 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

He didn't even listen to Dos (according to him).



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