What a whirlwind this trilogy has been. Love it or hate it, ¡UNO! gave us a refined look back at the Warning/Nimrod era sound of Green Day, and ¡DOS! paid tribute to garage rock of the late 60's and 70's. Now we have ¡TRE! which feels like a progression forward; beyond the days of American Idiot and 21st Century Breakdown.
The album kicks off with Brutal Love which heavily borrows from Sam Cooke's "Bring It On Home to Me", and ends with the very Beatles-esque "The Forgotten" but the ten tracks in between those shows a major departure from the heavily rock music history influenced vibe of the two preceding albums. These other songs, other than the first and last track, sound like 100% new Green Day tunes. I was delighted to discover this because, while I've enjoyed the other two albums, this one actually feels like a progression forward as musicians and artists.
The song structure on all these tracks is very well assembled and mature. There is nothing sloppy about any of the tracks on this album. For once, Green Day sound like matured musicians who have perfected a signature sound. "X-Kid", a deep track about a friend of Billie Joe's who committed suicide, exemplifies this. You are drown in slowly with an intro of Billie's emotive lyrics, and then jump started to life with Mike and Tre's signature sound. BAM! It's a Green Day track, and you want to listen.
I can't compare this album to other Green Day albums, and I'm really happy about that. Maybe you could compare it to 21st Century Breakdown, minus the tension of some of the lyrics, and with a more polished sound. Take the six minute "Dirty Rotten Bastards" track as an example. This may just be the finest album Green Day has written in ten years. It is unbelievably catchy and has been stuck my head for days. The last time that happened to me with a Green Day song was in the 90's. Other tracks are excellent as well though. I honestly can't pick a favorite, and the album has naturally grown on me with repeat listens. Just like the Green Day albums did for me back in the day.
The whole experience of the trilogy has been great. I applaud Green Day for sticking their neck out and releasing this series when rock bands are not making any bold moves. They did it with American Idiot and they are doing it again by releasing three albums in one year. Who does that? Nobody else.
There is also no denying the quality of this music across all three records. It is impressive. Could they have released one super amazing album instead of these three? Yes, but I'm glad they didn't. If they had done that, they would be just another predictable mediocre washed up rock band. Green Day said in a recent interview that they "Want to grow old with their fans", and ¡Tre! shows us they are making a best effort to do just that.