Music review

Rock steady

The California punks rockers are not only back with their ninth studio album, but are also back to their days of no frills rock that made them famous in the mid-1990s. The band consists of lead vocalist and guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong, bassist and backing vocalist Mike Dirnt, and drummer Tre Cool.

‘Uno’ is the first of the three albums in the ‘Uno! Dos! Tre!’ trilogy, a series of studio albums to be released from September 2012 to January 2013. No wonder, ‘Uno’, with 12 tracks, is just over 40 minutes. The album opens with a snarl of song, Nuclear family, with Mike Dirnt’s bass riffs charged with high spirit. Stay the night is a to-the-point straightforward romance. Carpe diem has a thrashing guitar solo. It does not drag and background vocals enhance the chorus.

Let yourself go is a resonating angry vocal with repetitive harmonies. Kill the DJ is a profane song (Someone kill the DJ/Someone shoot the ....DJ). Ironically, the track is DJ-friendly with a funk-rock beat and a slick dance groove. Fell for you is a Green Day formula of rock with chugging guitars and doubled-up drums. Loss of control has weak verse and hook. Even with tight instrument, the band loses control over the song. The next song Troublemaker, however, salvages their reputation with crisp guitar lines and lyrics.

Angel blue is a three-chord riff traversing through verses about an oddball who falls for the perfect girl. The soft side of the album (and the band) is demonstrated in Sweet 16, a sentimental song (Old days are fine, but are left so far behind). Tre Cool’s percussion stands out in Rusty James, supporting the solos and grand choruses. Oh love is a simplistic but well-crafted addictive vocal. Overall, ‘Uno’ is both solid and enjoyable.

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