Green Day dove into rock opera excess with “American Idiot” and “21st Century Breakdown.” Now, with “Uno,” their new disc released Sept. 25 and the first in a trilogy of albums to come over the next few months, the punk-pop trio harken back to their breakthrough smash, 1994’s “Dookie.”
Gone are the political and social critiques of “Idiot” and “Breakdown.” Back are the guitar-driven, up-tempo tracks that clock in at around three minutes and put a smile on your face.
The album kicks off in high fashion with the tight “Nuclear Family,” andreaches its crescendo with “Carpe Diem,” a rocking track that evokes both The Clash and, in a less direct way, fun.’s inescapable “We Are Young.”
You won’t find inspired acts of rock greatness in “Uno.” What you will find is a band returning to its roots, and having fun while they do it. That fun is infectious.