Dos Reprise ★★

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSICREVIEWS - TONY CLAY­TON-LEA

It’s a smart enough move for a mega-sell­ing punk rock act: in­stead of re­peat­ing the con­cept no­tions of their two pre­vi­ous al­bums ( Amer­i­can Idiot and 21st Cen­tury Break­down), Green Day have cho­sen a theme (the day of the party, in the midst of the party, the morn­ing af­ter the party) spread across three al­bums, a theme that can ei­ther be lis­tened to in its tril­ogy-based en­tirety or as sep­a­rate items. That the band has switched from high con­cept to their ear­lier, more grounded no­tions of punch-drunk punk songs is good; that there’s lit­tle on Dos (or, in­deed, on the first of the tril­ogy, Uno) that is in any way a vari­ant on punk tunes in­flu­enced by The Bea­tles is all too in­evitable. In other words, it’s pleas­ant. But some­times you just yearn for a ma­jor band to do some­thing that will make you ei­ther hate them or fall in love with them again. So – one down, two down. Al­ready, we have con­cerns for No 3. greenday. com Down­load tracks: See You Tonight, Amy

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