Uno! - Green Day

Generally favorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 32
  2. Negative: 2 out of 32
  1. There are some parts you'll have to suffer through, but there are at least a handful of tracks that we can save and enjoy into the future.
  2. Sep 24, 2012
    While that inspired recklessness is missed, this brisk, cheerful collection of pop is a relief after the operatic ambitions of 21st Century Breakdown.
  3. Sep 19, 2012
    ¡Uno! does what Green Day have always done best: play loud, fast, catchy-as-fuck punk rock that results in near-endless replay value.
  4. 60
    It feels like the band is playing it a tad safe here.
  5. Sep 21, 2012
    Free from grandly theatrical flourishes that were threatening to become things of creative captivity, ¡Uno!'s graceful manoeuvres confirm Green Day's status as one of the world's finest rock'n'roll bands.
  6. Sep 25, 2012
    Until its sequels are released, Green Day's latest should be regarded as a disposable but thoroughly enjoyable return to the band's long-deserted roots. The Cali punks are back, and it's nice to see them.
  7. Sep 25, 2012
    Ironically, it's not their youthful flair but their depth of experience that pulls it off.
  8. Sep 27, 2012
    Armstrong sounds detached, despite a stream of curse words, and the band plays with a machine-like efficiency.
  9. 60
    For now, we have to take it on its own accord: an overly-slick record that does the job for its current audience of diehards, whilst teasing the crusty veterans that dabble occasionally.
  10. Sep 19, 2012
    ¡Uno! finally sees the Cali-punk trio letting themselves sound like Green Day, releasing the pressure and defaulting to what they do best.
  11. 75
    Uno is a welcome switch from high concept to high energy. [28 Sep 2012, p.72]
  12. Oct 19, 2012
    What this amounts to is a sharp and often exhilarating change of gear from the Green Day of the past eight years. [22 Sep 2012, p.50]
  13. Sep 25, 2012
    ¡Uno! feels like the work of a band that has painted itself into an aesthetic corner.
  14. Sep 19, 2012
    Those fans who jumped on with 1994's breakthrough album Dookie should rejoice: your favourite slacker-punks are, briefly, back. [Oct 2012, p.82]
  15. Oct 1, 2012
    These songs are made for clubs, student unions and theatres, not arenas. And it's all the better for it.
  16. 60
    However successful the whole endeavour (¡Dos! and ¡Tré!) might end up being, ¡Uno! can only be judged on its own merits, and those merits are somewhat erratic.
  17. Oct 2, 2012
    After all these years they can still write a catchy tune.
  18. Sep 27, 2012
    It comes off like a neutered reprise of the band's decades-old spirit.
  19. Sep 25, 2012
    Ultimately, these guys work best when the stakes are lowered, when the pretensions and grandeur are set aside in favor of snot-nosed, nihilistic punk-pop clatter.
  20. Sep 25, 2012
    ¡Uno! is a grower.
  21. Sep 19, 2012
    Solidly enjoyable though Uno! is, they might have been wiser to mix things up fro the start. [Oct 2012, p.92]
  22. Sep 19, 2012
    They deliver it like late-breaking news, with mid-Sixties-guitar clamor, '77 velocity and no breathing room.
  23. Sep 24, 2012
    For all of the expansion in the band's aural palette, it's difficult to escape a sense of déjà vu on some tracks, which sound like only slightly altered versions of previous entries in the Green Day catalogue.
  24. Sep 26, 2012
    There aren't any plinking pianos or Hollywood strings, but the music still goes big the way we've grown to expect from Green Day.
  25. Sep 27, 2012
    The defense that it isn't trying, that it's just for kicks, would I guess be admissible if the songs weren't so entirely devoid of substance.
  26. Oct 2, 2012
    Granted, filler abounds, and it doesn't land with quite as much delirious abandon as it once did, but Armstrong's power-pop impulse can still pack a face-splitting punch.
  27. Sep 21, 2012
    ¡Uno! is Green Day's least ambitious record in years and a return to what they do best: short, sharp, scatterbrain pop-punk.
  28. Sep 20, 2012
    The spiky threesome have made a very decent fist of sounding like their twentysomething selves.
  29. 20
    Some of the dullest music released all year.
  30. Uno! starts promisingly, but it's soon obvious that the Clash of "Tommy Gun" is still their template.
  31. Sep 24, 2012
    The stadium punks' ninth album, though, is largely throwaway.
  32. Sep 28, 2012
    This 12-song return tones down the pomp, in favour for a return to the band's breathless takes on Ramones/Buzzcocks pop-punk formula. [Nov 2012, p.75]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 150 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 49
  2. Negative: 7 out of 49
  1. Sep 29, 2012
    I'm a long-term Green day fan and I think it's great.
    Not their best but sure a great way to enter the new decade - by returning to their
    power-pop roots (and of course being good at it).
    Lyrics are not as good as they were on their previous releases but the album is just fun, catchy and as Mick Jones once said: "Stripped to the bone". No ****
    And yeah...Sputnik Music seriously sucks.
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  2. Sep 25, 2012
    ¡Uno! is perhaps, Green Day at it's finest. It goes back to its older punk roots, while still sounding somewhat like there latest release. Most of the songs on here are great and memorable. It does, however, lack variety. The songs all sound very similar, which is kinda plain when compared to 21st Century Breakdown. This is, however, a must get for any Green Day fan, or a fan of punk, pop, rock, ect. and is easily worth $10. Full Review »
  3. Sep 28, 2012
    The other low reviewers have said it better - as a Green Day fan from the 90s and beyond I expected much more from them. But then again, what can you expect from 40-year old millionaires? Not anything, apparently Full Review »