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MUSIC REVIEWS: Bruno Mars, Green Day
Green Day’s third album of 2012 is everything you’d expect it to be: a collection of melodic, spunky punk-pop songs, played with snot-nosed poise by a group of musicians who’ve done the same thing twice this year already. It doesn’t feel phoned-in, but it does feel predictable.
There’s an inevitable sense of diminishing returns. Green Day’s songwriting has always prized accessibility and simplicity over everything else, and after churning out three-chord tunes for two decades, their ideas feel a bit stale. As a result, “Tre!” shines its brightest during the songs that don’t follow the Green Day template, particularly the two tunes that bookend the album.
The album opens with “Brutal Love,” a mid-century throwback with a melody cribbed from Sam Cooke’s “Bring It On Home To Me,” and comes to a sweeping finish with “The Forgotten,” a piano-based power ballad laced with strings. In the middle are a few more oddballs, including a six-minute operatic rock suite and a politically-charged song about the Occupy movement.
Billie Joe Armstrong is an underrated frontman, blessed with a voice that somehow conveys grown-up maturity and adolescent bravado in the same breath. After 20 years in the business, though, he should know when to apply the brakes and slow things down. Green Day spent 2012 driving at top speed, and like buildings flanking a highway, most of these songs fly by, only leaving the briefest of impressions before fading away in the rear view mirror.
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