Uno! serves as the trilogy's first instalment and it hears the group echo their past successes. Opener 'Nuclear Family' sounds like a long-lost cut from American Idiot with Billie Joe's megaphone vocals drumming up a revolution over angry, tumbling beats. What's more, the band's acute sense for a cutting critique on modern society has refused to fade ("Like a Chinese company conspiracy/ It's the death of a nuclear family").
'Let Yourself Go' continues to recall their heyday as Tré's storming beats and manic guitar riffs pay homage to their '95 record Insomniac. However, the group treads new ground on 'Troublemaker' with its '60s swing groove and 'Kill The DJ's funky punk-disco bass; the latter showing Billie Joe's rockstar appetite for drugs and bisexual lust ("I'll pick up what's left in the club/ My pocket full of pills/ Sodom and Gomorrah/ In the century of thrills") hasn't waned with age.
While lead single 'Oh Love' serves as a classic stadium-rouser primed for an old-fashioned chant-along, the purpose of shallow cuts 'Stay The Night' and 'Carpe Diem' seem only to serve as time killer between the bigger numbers. Green Day might be decades into their career, but their sense of fun, undeniable energy and knife-sharp opinions refuses to falter. Even better is that they've only just begun.
Tracks to download: 'Oh Love', 'Kill The DJ', 'Troublemaker', 'Nuclear Family'
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Watch the music video for Green Day's 'Kill The DJ' below: