Reviewed by Meghan Player
In 2005, Green Day penned the anti-American, anti-war, anti-Bush, political punk-rock opera, American Idiot. In 2009, the band rose to the challenge of the previous albums praise, with the epic 21st Century Breakdown.
In 2012 [and into 2013], the band are set to release a three album [possible] masterpiece, subsequently titled ‘Uno‘ ‘Dos‘ ‘Tre‘.
As day is sure to follow night, we’ve seen the first taste of the new material – with the first single, ‘Oh Love‘ – and, in all honesty, it wasn’t what I was expecting.
The opening riff is elegant, simple and refined – complimenting frontman Billie Joe Armstrong’s signature vocals. The tempo isn’t the typically fast-paced, in-your-face, aggressive punk sound that I feverishly anticipated – but a mid-tempo melodic affair that builds with each impending chorus, then subsequently subsides like the tide.
Quintessentially, if I was to compare this track to the bands previous offerings – Green Day’s sound is not only drawing from that of ’21 Century Breakdown’, but threatening to evolve into something much more.
While ‘Oh Love’ isn’t giving away a lot of what is to come, the anticipation of the unexpected is impossible to pass up.
Bring on September.