Producer: Rob Cavallo, Green Day
Score: 8 out of 10
Green Day’s ¡UNO! is the first in a trio of records to be released over the next four months—¡Uno!, ¡Dos! and ¡Tré! The difference between ¡UNO! and the band’s previous two records (American Idiot and 21st Century Breakdown) is that there’s no discernable unifying theme. It is a collection of songs that come from the same creative space that gave us Dookie. It’s still modern punk rock, but perhaps informed by the maturity of the previous records. Standouts include “Let Yourself Go,” “Loss of Control” and “Troublemaker.” Seems that there are more breaks on this record that sound suspiciously like guitar solos. Even casual fans will dig this record. It’s fun, it’s hard, it’s solid. ¡Viva La Green Day!
By Rob Putnam