It’s impossible to overstate how important Green Day have been in rock music over the last two decades. If I were more ambitious, I might name them the best rock band since Nirvana. I know there are those who would disagree, but the band’s albums — from Dookie right down to the vastly underrated 21st Century Breakdown [read my review] — are modern works of art.
Now, after two consecutive rock operas, both of which confronted life in the post-9/11 world of modern America through the lens of identifiable, catchy rock music, Green Day are releasing a project which is at once much simpler and much more complex. Rather than a single album, the band are releasing a trilogy, respectively titled ¡Uno!, ¡Dos!, and ¡Tré! The release dates will be staggered — on September 25, we’ll hear ¡Uno! (which contains lead single “Oh Love,” which we have for your listening pleasure below), followed by ¡Dos! on November 13 and ¡Tré! on January 15, 2013.
‘Okay,’ you might say, ‘that’s a potential for a few great singles and dozens of songs worth of filler,’ but I doubt that. First, each album is themed — the first will contain power-pop influences and big choruses, the second garage rock and a rawer ethos, and the third sweeping, epic constructions that will include string arrangements. Second, it’s fucking Green Day. Third, it’s fucking Green Day.
Fourth, listen to the 5-minute lead single “Oh Love,” a spectacular Cheap Trick-influenced song that fills the heart yet is actually the final track on the album. If this kickass singalong only deserves the closing spot, I sure can’t wait to hear the 11 other tracks that come before it. Enjoy!
Stream: Green Day – “Oh Love”