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    LA TIMES REVIEWS ¡DOS! - 3 1/2 STARS
    November 13, 2012

     

    Review: Green Day's 'Dos!' a jolt of fun and surprises

    What a difference a year — and an onstage outburst — make.

    Near the beginning of 2012, the commercial rock world was abuzz with news of Green Day's forthcoming trio of studio albums. On a winning streak that included the hit Broadway musical "American Idiot" and the double whammy of studio albums "American Idiot" and "21st Century Breakdown," the band had announced that the records, called "Uno!" "Dos!" and "Tre!," would arrive over a four-month period at the end of the year.

    Video teasers and carefully timed press releases arrived, part of a keen marketing plan that blanketed America with pasteboard posters and Web images of the band's Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and Tre Cool virtually jumping out of the screen. Then, mere days before "Uno!" came out, Armstrong threw a tantrum at a Clear Channel-sponsored Las Vegas promotional concert, bad-mouthed set time restrictions, smashed his guitar and stormed offstage.

    The band quickly apologized to Clear Channel and its fans, and soon thereafter announced Armstrong's entry into rehab — where he remains. Two weeks ago Green Day canceled its scheduled live performances, postponed its 2013 tour and pushed up the release date of "Tre!" by nearly a month, to Dec. 11. What once felt like the beginning of a new Green Day now seems like something it just wants to get over with.

    Into this chaos comes "Dos!," which is being released Tuesday. The good news is that it's a far better record than "Uno!" In fact, it's an excellent Green Day album — one of its best — a catchy, revealing work that surprises with its willingness to explore ideas that the band members may not have invented, but which, fed through Green Day's filter, become theirs. Like its predecessor, "Dos!" was recorded by the band with longtime producer (and Warner Bros. Records CEO) Rob Cavallo. Unlike it, "Dos!" contains a rap song.

    The adventure on "Dos!" is great news, considering that when "Uno!" was released on Sept. 25, it landed with a thud. The record felt like a bottle rocket when we were promised Roman candles, a work whose biggest surprise was how unsurprising it felt.

    Check out the whole review HERE.

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on November 13, 2012

 

Review: Green Day's 'Dos!' a jolt of fun and surprises

What a difference a year — and an onstage outburst — make.

Near the beginning of 2012, the commercial rock world was abuzz with news of Green Day's forthcoming trio of studio albums. On a winning streak that included the hit Broadway musical "American Idiot" and the double whammy of studio albums "American Idiot" and "21st Century Breakdown," the band had announced that the records, called "Uno!" "Dos!" and "Tre!," would arrive over a four-month period at the end of the year.

Video teasers and carefully timed press releases arrived, part of a keen marketing plan that blanketed America with pasteboard posters and Web images of the band's Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and Tre Cool virtually jumping out of the screen. Then, mere days before "Uno!" came out, Armstrong threw a tantrum at a Clear Channel-sponsored Las Vegas promotional concert, bad-mouthed set time restrictions, smashed his guitar and stormed offstage.

The band quickly apologized to Clear Channel and its fans, and soon thereafter announced Armstrong's entry into rehab — where he remains. Two weeks ago Green Day canceled its scheduled live performances, postponed its 2013 tour and pushed up the release date of "Tre!" by nearly a month, to Dec. 11. What once felt like the beginning of a new Green Day now seems like something it just wants to get over with.

Into this chaos comes "Dos!," which is being released Tuesday. The good news is that it's a far better record than "Uno!" In fact, it's an excellent Green Day album — one of its best — a catchy, revealing work that surprises with its willingness to explore ideas that the band members may not have invented, but which, fed through Green Day's filter, become theirs. Like its predecessor, "Dos!" was recorded by the band with longtime producer (and Warner Bros. Records CEO) Rob Cavallo. Unlike it, "Dos!" contains a rap song.

The adventure on "Dos!" is great news, considering that when "Uno!" was released on Sept. 25, it landed with a thud. The record felt like a bottle rocket when we were promised Roman candles, a work whose biggest surprise was how unsurprising it felt.

Check out the whole review HERE.

Comments

longview23's picture

I agree Dos! is better than Uno! but I wouldn't consider Nightlife a rap song. It's alternative and kinda reminds me of that awesome song Tongue Tied by Grouplove.

Dany's picture

emm.... billie.......  YOUR PANTS ARE BROKEN

AngieGD's picture

I'd like to be in that moment that girl 

Lola98's picture

I would have liked to be in the place of the girl :') <3 I love Uno !!

VivaLaRachel's picture

I agree with 'MadeOfRageAndLove' what the hell is with Nightlife...love the rest though. OH BABY, BABY IT'S FUCK TIME!

ErikNatural's picture

Uno! was a great album! I dunno why this reporter is downgrading Uno! for no reason. I believe Dos! is a great album just like Uno! and all. All but one song on Dos!: Nightlife. I mean the rap thing was ehh, you know? I mean, it's not bad to change it up and all and I think it's great what they are doing. I just got to skip Nightlife. But overall, Dos! is a great album! Definitely can't wait for Tre! I have a feeling it's going to be a kick-ass album!

DeadbeatHoliday63's picture

I love the UNO! album so much more than DOS! frankly i only like the 2 songs Stray Heart and Amy so i don't rate as a very good green day album. Hopefully Tre! will be better. I hope Green Day didn't try for too much but overall UNO! was a terrific album. I don't know what this reviewer was taking but maybe he should go to rehab instead.

MadeOfRageAndLove's picture

Very nice article complimenting Dos! But really no need to bash on Uno! They're both really good albums, haven't decided which one I like more. Just the one thing that bugs the crap out of me (on Dos!) is Nightlife. Some people like the change/style, I think it's just baaad. It was one thing for them to branch out...but rap? I listen to rock (all diff. kinds) for a reason; to ESCAPE rap/hip-hop junk. (And rock is the best, afterall!) I'll just have to skip that one... :) Disregarding Nightlife... LAZY BONES, STRAY HEART, WILD ONE, & FUCK TIME are all fantastic to me and new favorites. Just have to say, thank you (again!) Green Day. Your music is what I jam out to and bust out singing in my car rides. Can't wait for Tre!

Basketcase621's picture

I will agree that Dos! is an album that definitely is more adventurous than Green Day albums past, and as it stands, it is an excellent album. However, it in no way overshadows Uno! by any means. Uno! was an excellent album. It was simply more of the type of Green Day that you are used to hearing. I love both albums, and Green Day is by far the best band out now that is continually producing new and original music.

gdfever's picture

kinda harsh this article was I acually love Uno! thank you very much.and its no suprise that Dos! was a huge success Green day is amazing. :)