As is usual with trilogies, the second installment of Green Day's much-anticipated album trilogy titled iDOS!, set to release at midnight on Tuesday, November 13th, is a more intense, pure garage rock blast of what Billie Joe Armstrong, frontman for Green Day, describes as being at the party, escalating the calmer, more somber music from the first installment iUNO! into the free-fall of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll promised with the second. I must admit, when I heard the first track "See You Tonight," I was a bit confused and let down, as it's nothing like what we've heard from Green Day up to this point, until the second track "Fuck Time" began and it all made sense.
"See You Tonight" is a short mellow half-song introduction in the style of folk country rock, just a guitar and a melody with simple lyrics that sound like the song could have been a text message to a lover on his way out the door in anticipation of the party about to come. Normally the type of song used to close an album as the last track, Green Day turns normal on its head and makes it the first, letting us know not only that these albums are different, but the story is only beginning. "Fuck Time," a huge favorite among the fans from Green Day's side project band Foxboro Hot Tubs has finally and officially made it onto Green Day's catalogue. As the title indicates, it's dirty and to the point as the protagonist of the story enters the party announcing he's arrived by screaming "Oh baby baby/It's fuck time!" Rock the way rock is supposed to be, it's laden with cool guitar riffs, a kicking drum beat and an attitude that sets the tone of the entire album.
"Stop When The Red Lights Flash," the third track on the album, opens with fast building drums and guitar as he expresses tunnel vision for the girl he let get away once and is determined to have now as he tells her over and over "I'll make you surrender." On the surface it can be interpreted as a song about an assassin for hire running from the law, but it goes much deeper as a metaphor to kill the "uncomfortable silence" and ignore the little tendrils of subconscious objection trying to stop him from following through with his intentions.
Given Billie Joe Armstrong's current trip to rehab amid his perpetual struggle with substance abuse, this album trilogy is decidedly the most relevant personal journey Green Day has produced to date, and no song reflects it more succinctly than the fourth track on iDOS!, "Lazy Bones." Though it has a catchy melody and fun beat, it is the lyrics that tell the real story. With a brutal honesty, he succumbs to the toll his addiction is taking on him. It is the moment of his breakdown, displaying a vulnerability rarely heard in a Green Day song with lyrics like "I can't stand from falling down/I'm too sick to throw up," "I don't want your sympathy/I don't want your honesty/I just want to get some peace of mind" and "I'm too tired to be bored/I'm too bored to be tired/I'm too mental to go crazy/I'm too drunk to be pure," until he finally just flat-out tells everyone around him "I'm so tired/I can't take it anymore." In relation to the album itself, it is the turning point in the story, the moment the party moves from a consequence-free good time into the self-destructive free-fall.
This is emphasized even more with "Wild One," the fifth track on the album, about the woman who inspired the fall of the protagonist in the story, where they're both strung out on drugs and alcohol, "living on peanuts" and wasting their lives, leading into the sixth track "Makeout Party," a down and dirty rock song about middle-school kissing games taken to adults levels with extreme guitar riffs, some of Billie Joe Armstrong's best vocals, and an energetic drum and bass combo.
Full review at Huffington Post: HERE