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Editors’ Notes

The third and final installment of Green Day's planned trilogy starts with a gentle, swaying pop song that lifts its melody straight from Sam Cooke's "Bring It on Home to Me," with a horn section complementing the sweet harmonies. Except the song is called "Brutal Love," and its guitar solo is a heartwrenching scrape against the strings. It's a gentle way of easing listeners into the closing chapter of Billie Joe Armstrong's massive songwriting purge. "Missing You" picks up the pace, but a sense of hangover pervades the tune until the chorus shakes off that hazy feeling. Hooks are Armstrong's strong suit, and even in a somber, reflective mood he reels off compact melodies that say more than any words he could write. Tunes like "8th Avenue Serenade," the acoustic "Drama Queen," "X-Kid," "Walk Away," and the piano ballad "The Forgotten" ache far more than most songs in Green Day's catalog. It isn't all wistful thinking: "99 Revolutions" tips its hat to the Occupy movement, while "Dirty Rotten Bastards" is a multi-part punk opera in six and a half minutes.

Customer Reviews

The ¡Tre! Times a Charm

What a whirlwind this trilogy has been. Love it or hate it, ¡UNO! gave us a refined look back at the Warning/Nimrod era sound of Green Day, and ¡DOS! paid tribute to garage rock of the late 60’s and 70’s. Now we have ¡TRE! which feels like a progression forward; beyond the days of American Idiot and 21st Century Breakdown.

The album kicks off with Brutal Love which heavily borrows from Sam Cooke’s “Bring It On Home to Me”, and ends with the very Beatles-esque “The Forgotten” but the ten tracks in between those shows a major departure from the heavily rock music history influenced vibe of the two preceding albums. These other songs, other than the first and last track, sound like 100% new Green Day tunes. I was delighted to discover this because, while I’ve enjoyed the other two albums, this one actually feels like a progression forward as musicians and artists.

The song structure on all these tracks is very well assembled and mature. There is nothing sloppy about any of the tracks on this album. For once, Green Day sound like matured musicians who have perfected a signature sound. “X-Kid”, a deep track about a friend of Billie Joe’s who committed suicide, exemplifies this. You are drown in slowly with an intro of Billie’s emotive lyrics, and then jump started to life with Mike and Tre’s signature sound. BAM! It’s a Green Day track, and you want to listen.

I can’t compare this album to other Green Day albums, and I’m really happy about that. Maybe you could compare it to 21st Century Breakdown, minus the tension of some of the lyrics, and with a more polished sound. Take the six minute “Dirty Rotten Bastards” track as an example. This may just be the finest album Green Day has written in ten years. It is unbelievably catchy and has been stuck my head for days. The last time that happened to me with a Green Day song was in the 90’s. Other tracks are excellent as well though. I honestly can’t pick a favorite, and the album has naturally grown on me with repeat listens. Just like the Green Day albums did for me back in the day.

The whole experience of the trilogy has been great. I applaud Green Day for sticking their neck out and releasing this series when rock bands are not making any bold moves. They did it with American Idiot and they are doing it again by releasing three albums in one year. Who does that? Nobody else.

There is also no denying the quality of this music across all three records. It is impressive. Could they have released one super amazing album instead of these three? Yes, but I’m glad they didn’t. If they had done that, they would be just another predictable mediocre washed up rock band. Green Day said in a recent interview that they “Want to grow old with their fans”, and ¡Tre! shows us they are making a best effort to do just that.


Simply beautiful! Green Day you never seem to disappoint! This album is beautiful, it flows well, and I can listen to it without skipping any songs, as usual because your albums are so beautiful. But Tre is the best of the three albums in my opinion! Great finale of a wonderful trilogy!!

Not bad

I've been a green day fan for 19 years. And I won't lie, this album is alright. I don't think it's that good, but if you're a fan it's still worth buying. I have every album including UNO and DOS. I believe UNO is the best of the 3 because that sounds more like green day to me. The TRE album is more of a relaxed, catchy melody version of green day. I was expecting a lot more for it being the final album of the trio, but like I said, it's Alright : ) and worth buying if you're a fan.


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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