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This review is from: iTré! (Audio CD)
Green Day finish their trilogy of albums, released within a few weeks of one another, strongly. "Tre!" is probably on a par with "Uno!" as the best of the three with "Dos!", like it's namesake, in second place. "Tre!" is a fantastic record for exactly half the songs on here. But what songs!
"Dirty Rotten Bastards" is my favourite of the lot, coming in at six and a half minutes. Green Day have perfected the double, and sometimes triple, in length song started on "American Idiot" with "Jesus of Suburbia" and "Homecoming", and "DRB" is a bit like "Jesus" crossed with "Minority". It's got this sea-shanty tune that opens and closes the song with this amazing riff and gorgeous melody running throughout. Mixed in are snippets of songs that range from the classic Green Day sound to the Who's "My Generation" sped up, and Mike does some utterly crazy things with the bass. I love it and can't stop listening to it.
A close second is "X-Kid", a power-punk-pop song with shades of `90s staples Bryan Adams and the Stereophonics laid atop one another. It has this brilliantly structured sequence of the instruments coming in one at a time, first the guitar, then the drums, then all cascading wonderfully together at once. It's the kind of song I get goosebumps when it comes on. It's so damn catchy!
"99 Revolutions" is very energetic and fun, it's the anthem for the Occupy movement and should've closed the album instead of the dreary piano ballad "The Forgotten". "Missing You" and "Walk Away" are the kind of songs Billie Joe's perfected over the years and made a fortune from writing. They're classic Green Day from the "Dookie"/"Insomnia" era and are just awesome. They're toe-tapping catchy, fun, cheerful, dance-worthy, upbeat and great.
I wasn't as enthused with the remaining six songs. "Drama Queen" is an acoustic song and seems to be about whatever troubled actress is in the news (Lindsay Lohan, Amanda Bynes, etc.) and sounds a bit like an Oasis B-side from the `90s. "Sex, Drugs & Violence" is a pretty decent punk-pop song with some naff lyrics - they sing "sex, drugs & violence, english, math and science, gimme gimme danger!". Ergh.
I won't talk about the others, they're good for a listen but I don't see myself going back to them much. But the six songs that stand out? No one else in the world could've written these amazing songs but Green Day and for these alone this record is worth getting. It's good to see there are no dodgy raps or songs about killing DJs on this record, and that Green Day have rounded out a solid triple album with one of their strongest collections yet. Proving they continue to make incredible music nearly 25 years into their career, "Tre!" is a must listen to for all Green Day fans.