Album Review: Green Day – ¡TRE!

It's Tre Cool.

It’s Tre Cool.

And so Green Day’s ambitiously bonkers album trilogy comes to an end with the release of ¡TRE!

Described as ¡DOS!’s party ‘aftermath’ it is indeed a more sombre record than the previous instalments and unlike ¡UNO! & ¡DOS!, ¡TRE! could easily stand alone as an album in its own right. It reeks of that sweet rock opera nostalgia that the world was blessed with in 2004’s ‘American Idiot‘ but it doesn’t completely reach those dizzying heights.

Kicking off proceedings with all horns blazing is operatic ballad ‘Brutal Love’, a tale of failed love, regret and remorse but pumped full of grandeur and splendour with Billie Joe Armstrong delivering one of his strongest vocal performances on a Green Day album to-date.

Sobering up rather quickly, ‘Missing You’ and ‘8th Avenue Serenade’ yearn for the days prior  to !UNO!’s journey into self-destruction with lovelorn pop-punk apologies before the ‘time to grow-up’ angst-ridden anthem ‘X-Kid’ powers ¡TRE! into a new gear with a exquisite track that could easily of slotted into ‘American Idiot’.

The Berkeley bunch mix things up a bit with Mike Dirnt on vocals alongside Armstrong on ‘Sex, Drugs & Violence’ whilst the catchy-as-fuck ‘Little Boy Named Train’ steamrolls in. The band’s penchant for girls whose names begin with ‘A’ continues with ‘Amanda’, another pop-punk fuelled apology to the love of Billie Joe’s fictional narrative’s life.

‘Walk Away’ proves to be a bit limp but gathers speed towards the latter end of the song flourishing into the bold, brilliant and berserk ‘Dirty Rotten Bastards’. A 6 minute (+) epic packed with the furious pop-punk hooks, catchy melodies and blistering solos that Green Day have undoubtedly made themselves famous for (solos only with the trilogy, mind). In hindsight, ‘DRB’ proves to tell ¡TRE!’s story up in its 6 minute entirety – regret, reminiscence and the road to redemption via therapy, sound familiar?

The Occupy Wall Street laden ’99 Revolutions’ tries it’s best to be a gigantic call-to-arms anthem but doesn’t quite live up to expectations but it’s guaranteed to ring true around stadiums next year once Armstrong finishes his stint in rehab. It may have been used to support the latest Twilight instalment but don’t take anything away from the piano dominated ‘The Forgotten’. The ballad proves to be one of the grandest songs they’ve recorded as this fab four channels the Fab Four bringing an end to a unique and ambitious yet risky album trilogy on a soft and tender note.

You can probably put your house on Green Day making one final rock opera down the line. ¡UNO! ¡DOS! & ¡TRE! have been entertaining outlets for the band to cleanse their system and to let go of all emotion and political notions. But once the hangover of ¡TRE! settles hopefully they’ll want to put the rock opera to bed once and for all. As ‘The Forgotten’ says: “Don’t walk away from the arms of love”, and I’m pretty sure there was a lot of love for ‘American Idiot’..

4 Stars.

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