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Editors’ Notes

¡Dos! is the second part of a trilogy, with each album released two months apart. It continues in the vein of ¡Uno! and recalls the snotty brilliance of Green Day's early era. The band members sit around a campfire for country harmonies on the acoustic "See You Tonight" before turning up the electrics for the full-throttle "F*** Time," where everything that made Green Day the gold standard for '90s-style punk rock comes into focus. Billie Joe Armstrong has an impeccable pop ear, and the melodies behind "Stop When the Red Lights Flash," "Lazy Bones," and "Baby Eyes" demand to be heard repeatedly. The "Lust for Life"–style groove of "Stray Heart" and the power-chord shuffle of "Makeout Party" spotlight the solid rhythm section, which often gets lost when Armstrong snarls for all he's worth. "Nightlife" adds a modern touch, with a nod to hip-hop. Even the simplest rock 'n' roll moves of "Lady Cobra" come alive and sound as fresh as the day they were written. Rock 'n' roll may be going through fallow times in 2012, ceding commercial space to pop music, but Green Day keeps the spirit alive.

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A fun rock ‘n’ roll record which shouldn’t be taken too seriously

¡UNO! delivered a more classic Warning/Nimrod era Green Day sound and I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect with the arrival of ¡DOS! six weeks later. I didn’t have much to go on other than the fact that the band called the album a “Party Album” and a “Dirty Rock” record. So what exactly is ¡DOS!?

First off, this record is very different from ¡UNO! in that it has a ton of energy. Most of the songs pack a punch and the record as a whole is almost unrelenting in terms of pace. This isn’t the same punk energy that you would have found on the early Green Day albums. This is something different and clearly inspired by early 70’s rock. The first comparison that comes to mind for me would be The Rolling Stones “Exile on Main St”, but there are about 200 albums from that era you could list that Green Day could have taken inspiration from here.

Lyrically this could not contrast the serious messages in American Idiot and 21st Century Breakout more. There’s a lot of superficial topics going on here, from “F*** Time” to “Makeout Party”, the guys were clearly just trying to have fun on this and not taking themselves or the lyrical tone too seriously. This record seems to reflect the rock star element of their lifestyle, for better or worse. The lyrics provide a window into Billie Joe’s excessive lifestyle and mindset during the last few years which can be really interesting. Part of me is glad to see them let loose here and just write songs they enjoy and not care about repercussions, but some listeners on a moral high horse may be turned off by the lyrics.

So how’s the music? Overall it’s catchy, and well written. However, there’s less fantastic songs on here than on ¡UNO!. That said, it’s really hard to compare the two because these tracks really are blisteringly fast reinterpretations of 70’s singalong rock songs. The tracks “Lazy Bones”, “Baby Eyes”, and “Ashley” are probably the best constructed songs, and there should be no surprise that these tracks also sound the most like classic Green Day tracks. Another highlight for me is “Wow! That’s Loud” which has a chorus on it that will make any fan of The Who squeal with delight. The best way I can describe the highlights of this album is that it is essentially a more refined version of the Foxboro Hot Tubs record.

The song “Nightlife” on this record has a very unfortunate placement being on the record at all. Not only does it completely disrupt the otherwise wicked fast tone of the album, but it is also Green Day’s most cheesy song on a full length record to date. This track is the first Green Day track I’ve ever heard (as a long time fan, mind you), which actually made me question what the hell they were thinking putting it on a LP. As someone who has formally studied the music industry I am very surprised Rob Cavallo (The Producer) allowed this track to appear on the record. As a b-side it could have been a fun random Green Day track, but as a track on this trilogy is just disrupts the flow and will make many others say “What the hell?”.

Overall I have to say I really enjoy this record. I feel the casual Green Day fan may have a negative reaction to this album because there’s really no “singles” and they probably never heard the Foxboro Hot Tubs project, or have a great appreciation for late 1970’ rock. Selling over 60 million albums worldwide, Green Day has become a household music brand name at this point. This brand name correlates with a certain about of refinement and production that this record simply does not have. As a rock music junky I absolutely love this record, but for marketing purposes this record should have probably been a second Foxboro Hot Tubs album.

I’ll reiterate my point that this could have been the second installment of the Green Day side project Foxboro Hot Tubs, because that’s really the context you should listen to this album in. If you haven’t heard that Green Day side project, grab it now. Grab it BEFORE you listen to ¡DOS!. You will enjoy this record much more. All in all this is a really fun Rock ‘n’ Roll record and that’s all it was meant to be. Don’t take it too seriously and might have a really good time; I did!

Dos!

Love it!!

amazing sound

green day out did it this time three new albums that all sound different the first one was the old green day this one is a foxboro hottubs and the last one is just epic

Biography

Formed: 1988 in Berkeley, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Out of all the post-Nirvana alternative bands to break into the pop mainstream, Green Day were second only to Pearl Jam in terms of influence. At their core, Green Day were simply punk revivalists who recharged the energy of speedy, catchy three-chord punk-pop songs. Though their music wasn't particularly innovative, they brought the sound of late-'70s punk to a new, younger generation with Dookie, their 1994 major-label debut. Dookie sold over ten million copies, paving the way for a string of multi-platinum...
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