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Green Day

“Uno,” released Sept. 25

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.

Brad Dickerson,