GREEN DAY

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¡Tré! Reprise The con­clud­ing part of Green Day’s re­cent tril­ogy (based around the stages of a party) is de­scribed by Bil­lie Joe Arm­strong as the “clean­ing up the mess” al­bum. In re­al­ity, ¡Tré! is about as dis­mal as that “morn­ing af­ter” de­scrip­tion sounds. It’s not that the songs are bad, per se. Semi-in­ter­est­ing tracks come near the start and end of this al­bum, with Bru­tal Love’s 1950-style rock’n’roll and the ramped-up, os­cil­lat­ing punk of Dirty Rot­ten Bas­tards slickly shift­ing tempo and pace. In-be­tween those bookends is a col­lec­tion of breezy, snot-nosed pop-punk, oc­ca­sion­ally catchy but gen­er­ally ut­terly for­get­table. Over­all, it seems from this al­bum – and the dis­ap­point­ing tril­ogy as a whole – that Green Day have run out of orig­i­nal ideas. Where to next? In any case, at least there’s no Qu­a­tro. greenday.com LAU­REN MURPHY

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