¡Tré! goes for bombastic pop ballads which is exactly what the fans didn’t like about 21st Century Breakdown. The term punk has been burnt to the ground, and these over produced songs provide little joy for long-term fans. Often it sounds like they’re trying to sound like other dad rock bands, with emotional acoustic epics and crooning vocals doing the rounds. They’re getting old, sure, but the previous two albums in the trilogy show they can still make some fun pop punk ditties.
There are a couple of tracks which manage to crawl out from the trudging melodies, but even the likes of ‘Drama Queen‘ and ‘99 Revolutions‘ are quickly crushed back into the sludge of made for radio pop rock.There’s a little bit of sick hanging from the top of my throat right now; this is the Green Day we all feared. Except the younger fans, because they don’t know any better. Bless.
The trilogy ends up being a mixed bag, dealing in quantity over quality. If they gutted the filler out of ¡Dos! and stuffed in the better tracks from ¡Uno! and ¡Tré! we’d actually have a killer album on our hands, but as it stands, the trilogy is a bundle of meat thrown together, with the juiciest bits needing to be carefully picked out. With three varying styles across the three albums which can at least be applauded despite the disparity in quality, a question remains on where Green Day will go from here. Hopefully rehab doesn’t soften a man.
An album to listen to when … when… when?