¡Dos! is the second album in the Green Day album trilogy, and unlike it’s predecessor, ¡Uno! – which took the band back to their roots of their 1994 album Dookie, and although not the best Green Day album was still a strong record all round – this album takes a different turn as it seems that the band are once again trying something new; as they did with ‘Kill The DJ’ on Uno!, which really did not suit the band well.
Songs such as ‘Fuck Time’, which does give off a Sex Pistols vibe and begins after a rather odd introductory track by Billie Joe Armstrong – lead singer of the band, which is completed by Mike Dirnt and Tre Cool – along with ‘Nightlife’ don’t show the band’s true potential; especially ‘Nightlife’ which is more a slow chat tied together with female vocals rather than a song.
The album does start to take off with ‘Lazy Bones’, but rather than taking fans back to what they know and love, they have created another song which should have been on their 2009 album ’21st Century Breakdown’, and you don’t need to ask any Green Day fans to know that they thought that was not the best album of their career.
The album then picks up and starts to become slightly darker with ‘Ashley’, which sets a lower tone for the rest of the album, however it does not stay on this path, it’s as if the band couldn’t make up their mind about the tone of the album. ‘Baby Eyes’ has the potential to be a powerful song, but as soon as the intro is over the song becomes sugar-coated and more light-hearted.
The track list ends with ‘Amy’, a tribute to Amy Winehouse, and signs off an album which does have high points and some great tunes such as ‘Stray Heart’, but with the hype that the band gave it by saying it’s like “you’re at the party”; an album with a lot more punch was to be expected.
Now we get ready for ¡Tre!
Listen to: Fuck Time and Lazy Bones.
The Full Track-Listing is as Follows:
See You Tonight
Stop When The Red Lights Flash
Wow! That’s Loud