Release date: Sept. 25
The Skinny: As copy editors scramble to learn how to make those upside-down exclamation points that look so cool in Spanish, Green Day gear up to rock ferociously in support of three albums due in the next few months (¡Dos! comes out Nov. 13 and ¡Tré! is due Jan. 15, 2013). The trio are no strangers to ambition — as evidenced by 2004's "punk rock epic" concept album American Idiot and its Tony Award-winning musical counterpart — but this trilogy actually reduces the stakes. Billie Joe Armstrong has name-checked Cheap Trick as a benchmark for the group's tighter, power-poppier sound, and the songs return to intensely yelped songs about girls rather than politically bullish magnum opuses.
Worth noting: The three new albums were all recorded with longtime, simpatico producer Rob Cavallo, who also moonlights these days as chairman of Warner Bros. Records. A.B.
Full list at SPIN: HERE