Green Day
iTRE!


3.5
great

Review

by Alex Beebe USER (126 Reviews)
January 3rd, 2013 | 55 replies | 18,959 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Green Day bring their trilogy of albums to a close with an anthemic bang, but above all, a surprisingly different album for the band.

10 of 10 thought this review was well written

In retrospect, the first two installments in Green Day’s trilogy of stripped down punk rock albums had distinct qualities about them that distinguished them from each other even while both albums were simple in nature at face value. ¡Uno! was arguably the furthest the band had ever delved into power pop and bubblegum pop punk, while ¡Dos! on the other hand, was Green Day’s first ever late night party record in a way, and reeked with the Clash-inspired grime of UK garage rock that the band had previously ventured further into with their alter ego side-band, Foxboro Hot Tubs. While both were the same straight-forward punk rock at heart that’s been Green Day’s signature for years, the two were decorated as complete opposites, which raises the question as to what the concluding part of the trilogy, ¡Tré!, sounds like.

¡Tré! appropriately acts as a grand finale to the trilogy, demonstrated well by kicking off the album with a grandiose opening track that’s just as well suited to be the albums ending track. Clocking in 5 seconds shy of a 5 minute runtime, - not to mention significantly longer than any track off of both ¡Uno! and ¡Dos!, except for ¡Uno!’s closer “Oh Love” - the swaying punk rock power ballad “Brutal Love” gives a first impression that ¡Tré! may potentially serve as Green Day’s arena rock album, but listeners will find that ¡Tré! actually proves to be the most varied album in the trilogy.

Though it still has its share of epic anthems by Green Day’s standards, the most standout of which being the over 6 minutes long theatrical foot-stomper “Dirty Rotten Bastards”, ¡Tré! also sees string elements implemented into the piano-driven album closer “The Forgotten", features the sunny and delicate acoustically-structured piece “Drama Queen”, and all around has a certain clarity and refined edge to the production that makes these songs more akin to alternative rock than any number on any past Green Day album.

¡Tré! actually has a much more uplifting and cheerful spirit in general than the preceding entries in the trilogy. It’s not sugary and brattish like ¡Uno!, and it’s nothing like the coarse dinginess of ¡Dos!, but the all around chipper mood is all that really connects this album together, because while its diversity is more than welcome in the last album of the trilogy, ¡Tré! never really feels like it has a consistent theme of its own that identifies it, like the ones ¡Uno! and ¡Dos! each possessed.

Even if it's somewhat inconsistent in doing so, ¡Tré! explores avenues of its own that makes it unique and clearly sets it apart from the band’s albums that came before it both in the trilogy it’s apart of, and Green Day’s discography in general. It has an almost reflective tone that reminisces on the trilogy-long journey, stumbles and all, and works appropriately as a grand and anthemic way to close the curtain on the trilogy with a triumphant stride that leaves behind a feeling of even better things to come in the future. Most importantly though, it’s the first album in the trilogy that acts as if it’s an album of its own, and not just apart of a series.



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breakingthefragile
January 3rd 2013



2943 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I reviewed both ¡Uno! and ¡Dos! already, so I figured that with no new releases coming
out this week, I might as well review ¡Tré! as well. My end of the year list should be up
tomorrow, and I plan on spending the rest of this week covering some albums of 2012 that didn't get
any reviews on the site. Enjoy!

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demigod!
January 3rd 2013



43809 Comments


i almost forgot about this piece of shit trilogy, damn.

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bach
January 3rd 2013



11934 Comments


Tre is actually worth a listen, demi.

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NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
January 3rd 2013



6923 Comments


Hey man you hit 60 review, took you long enough.

breakingthefragile
January 3rd 2013



2943 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

@IpodMastery Cheers man, thanks for the congratulation. And haha, back when I first joined the site in
April I expected to have well over 100 reviews by now, stuff comes up though. One of my new years
resolutions was to be as consistent as I initially planned on being now that it's a new year and I've
had a lot of experience with the site and writing reviews.

RetroSpective
January 3rd 2013



822 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I agree with pretty much all your points, great review. Pos'd

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
January 3rd 2013



6923 Comments


True that, and the holiday break wouldve slowed you down too. Maybe osoon youll catch up to me .

breakingthefragile
January 3rd 2013



2943 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

You never know man. Regardless though, I'm excited to start a new year as a part of the community.

Also, thanks Retro!

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
January 3rd 2013



3323 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great write-up, pos. I do agree this album is slightly more experimental and most likely a direction they'll take for future records (X-Kid, Walk Away) or at least I hope so. Tre! feels more accomplished than the other counterparts, however I think they should've left out Dirty Rotten Bastards. It only reminds me of Jesus Of Suburbia and how this song is just devoid of any story or meaning.

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SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
January 3rd 2013



4378 Comments


Good work, Alex. I've never been much for Green Day though besides maybe a song or two. POS'd.

RobbaqPL
January 3rd 2013



158 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yup, Dirty Rotten Bastards is just all over the place, and not in a good way. But overall this is probably the best of the three albums, Brutal Love and X-Kid are actually pretty cool songs.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
January 3rd 2013



30865 Comments


which raises the question as to what the concluding part of the trilogy, ¡Tré!, sounds like.


I kinda feel that, with the review coming a few weeks after the release, that this would work better as a retrospective - "which raised the question as to what the concluding part of the trilogy, iTre!, would sound like"

Other than that, good review as always

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BigPleb
January 3rd 2013



33892 Comments


Album is average

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Tyrael
January 3rd 2013



20723 Comments


Beebe pls

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
January 3rd 2013



3334 Comments


Good review, have a pos. Obligatory "green day lol" comment goes here

skoopy48
January 3rd 2013



1433 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Best of trilogy. Kinda forgot this whole thing happened

Gwyn.
January 3rd 2013



14865 Comments


Lol I completely forgot about that these albums even existed.

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ChopSuey
January 3rd 2013



2392 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

you know an album is average when everyone forgets about it a month later

RetroSpective
January 3rd 2013



822 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Those album covers will be forever ingrained in my memory

TrantaLocked
January 13th 2013



1502 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Demigod93, I had a dream I met Larry David, but when I approached him I asked "Hi, excuse me, are you
Jerry Seinfeld?" He said yes, and then I shook his hand three times XD

I remember telling him that his show is hilarious and that it is my favorite show on HBO.



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