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  • Summary: The first release in a planned trilogy for the punk rock band was produced by Rob Cavallo.
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  • Record Label: Reprise / Warner Bros. / Warner Music
  • Genre(s): Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Punk Revival, Punk-Pop
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 32
  2. Negative: 2 out of 32
  1. Kerrang!
    Oct 19, 2012
    80
    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]
  2. Sep 19, 2012
    80
    They deliver it like late-breaking news, with mid-Sixties-guitar clamor, '77 velocity and no breathing room.
  3. Oct 2, 2012
    70
    After all these years they can still write a catchy tune.
  4. Sep 21, 2012
    60
    ¬°Uno! is Green Day's least ambitious record in years and a return to what they do best: short, sharp, scatterbrain pop-punk.
  5. 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.
  6. Uno! starts promisingly, but it's soon obvious that the Clash of "Tommy Gun" is still their template.
  7. 20
    Some of the dullest music released all year.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 52
  2. Negative: 7 out of 52
  1. Sep 29, 2012
    10
    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
    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. Nov 13, 2012
    10
    A great throwback to their earlier stuff while still keeping their more recent themes intact. Not their best obviously but it's definitely aA great throwback to their earlier stuff while still keeping their more recent themes intact. Not their best obviously but it's definitely a new take on their music. The concept of a trilogy is such a unique idea, especially with the music industry where it is these days. Expand
  3. Mar 13, 2013
    9
    After American Idiot and 21st Century Breakdown another great album by Green Day, although it's not on the same level. There are no bad songsAfter American Idiot and 21st Century Breakdown another great album by Green Day, although it's not on the same level. There are no bad songs in it, and some of them are very good (Let Yourself Go, Stay The Night). I think it's one of their best. Let's see the next two. Expand
  4. Oct 8, 2012
    8
    While ¡Uno! doesn't have the depth of American Idiot or 21st Century Breakdown, it stands on its own as a new direction for Green Day.While ¡Uno! doesn't have the depth of American Idiot or 21st Century Breakdown, it stands on its own as a new direction for Green Day. Having been around for more than 20 years, it is essential that they continue to change it up, and ¡Uno! is a great example. There's a lot less politics, and a lot more short guitar solos.

    The album opens up with Nuclear Family, which is pretty average. It has grown on me over time, though, and it's a quick song (as most are on this album). Then it moves on to Stay the Night, which in my opinion is one of the best songs on the album. It's pretty different from other things GD have done in the past, and I can't think of any of their previous songs to compare it to. After that is Carpe Diem. Like Nuclear Family, this song took a couple listens to really warm up to, and is similar to Life Before the Lobotomy from 21CB.

    Let Yourself Go and Kill the DJ are the most fun songs in the album. Let Yourself Go is a really fast song that is a lot of fun to sing along to, and Kill the DJ, while some might say is too repetitive, has a great beat that you'll be tapping your foot to. Fell for You and Angel Blue seem to represent the weaker points in the album. They lack any real substance, but are at least still fun to listen to in the context of the full album.

    Loss of Control and Troublemaker are another pair of great songs. They're full of energy and fun to blast in the car. Sweet 16 is similar to Stay the Night, in that it is hard to compare it directly to any previous songs. I think the closest I can find would have to be Pulling Teeth from Dookie.

    Finally Rusty James provides a great tune for the penultimate song in the album, leading into the album's closer Oh Love, which everyone has probably already heard on the radio this summer.

    While some may argue that this album wasn't as great as GD's last two, I think it really shouldn't be compared on the same level. ¡Uno! stands on its own as a great way to spend 41 minutes, and adding 12 awesome new songs to your library. If you go in with the right expectations, this album can be really amazing.
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  5. Dec 9, 2012
    7
    Green Day has always built their sound on power chords & unbelievably catchy melodies without sounding obnoxious or generic about it, and thisGreen Day has always built their sound on power chords & unbelievably catchy melodies without sounding obnoxious or generic about it, and this album is no exception. While I do love American Idiot & 21st Century Breakdown (as well as the rest of their albums), I like that they're shying away from the political rock operas this time around to make something a bit less complicated but still effective. On this album they go for a more traditional power-pop approach for most songs here. There's relateable & well-written lyrics about love & relationships (Stay the Night & especially Fell For You), anger with the people around you (Let Yourself Go & Loss of Control), making the most of your life (Nuclear Family & Carpe Diem) and even some cleverly written political metaphors (Kill the DJ). This is also one of their most stylistically varied albums to date. Everything ranging from heavily melodic power-pop to blisteringly fast punk jams to even an early-80s-Clash-esque dance-rock song is included here. Despite this however, they manage to keep the whole album cohesive & well-flowing from song to song. Another thing to note is that this album contains some of their best guitar solos to date, most notably the one on Troublemaker. If there's one problem I have with this album it's that it's definitely front-loaded. The first 7/12 songs are just fantastic & Troublemaker's really good but then I feel like it starts to trail off until Oh Love. Angel Blue, Sweet 16 & Rusty James just sound like filler made to make this whole "trilogy of albums" thing actually work. They could've easily cut out these 3 songs, made the trilogy a pair of longer albums, and I would've been perfectly happy. Angel Blue & Rusty James aren't remarkable at all lyrically or musically, with the latter just sounding like a random collection of unused lines from 21CB & even having the exact same chord progression as Viva La Gloria. Sweet 16 is better lyrically but it's still in-1-ear-out-the-other in all the other areas. Another problem I have throughout ¡Uno! is the excessive f-bombs. Now normally I'm fine with cursing in music even though I don't myself, free speech & all. But there are times where it just feels like syllable filler more than anything else. Also, Oh Love SERIOUSLY needs a cutdown in length. If they just cut out the unnecessary instrumental part in the beginning, gone straight into the verse & cut out the repetition of the 1st verse after the solo that does nothing but slow down the momentum, Oh Love could've probably been my favorite song on the album. And like everyone I've heard talk about this album is saying, as great as this song is, it shouldn't have been the first single, or even a single at all. It works much better in context as an album closer. I mean seriously, they could've picked ANY song here from the first half & it would've made a great first taste of the album. Overall, while there's lots of great songs here, the filler tracks drag it down, and having also heard Dos & Tre, this is probably my least favorite in the trilogy, and somewhere in the bottom half of my Green Day album ranking. But still, that's not saying much negatively. This is Green Day after all. 76/100 Expand
  6. Oct 19, 2012
    6
    Puxando pela minha memória, acredito que o Green Day foi a primeira banda de rock que eu realmente gostei. Foi com o American Idiot dePuxando pela minha memória, acredito que o Green Day foi a primeira banda de rock que eu realmente gostei. Foi com o American Idiot de 2004. Isso já faz oito anos e nesse meio tempo minha admiração apenas aumentou. Talvez por isso o crédito da banda está bastante alto, ainda mais agora com o lançamento do álbum ¡Uno!.

    Longe da grandiosidade das óperas rock do já citado American Idiot e do último trabalho deles 21st Century Breakdown, ¡Uno! marca a volta do trio para as raízes deles com um rock/punk/pop mais cru e menos pretensioso. É ótimo vê-los de volta a forma antiga, mas o resultado final ficou meio abaixo das expectativas. Não que seja ruim. Longe disso, mas tudo ficou apenas morno. Está lá o resultado de ótimos músicos que são os componentes do trio entregando arranjos caprichosamente trabalhados e com a cara do grupo, mas que perdem força devido ao fato de não irem além do eles já fizeram. É tudo muito certinho e até previsível em alguns momentos. Billie Joe está bem com seus vocais só que parecem ter entrado em um automático. As composições também escritas pelo frontman estão divertidas e com refrões precisos para fazer os fãs cantarem em shows e é só isso. Nenhum momento genial ou acima da média. Gosto especialmente da pop/punk/chiclete Kill the DJ (resenha a seguir) e da melhor do álbum Oh Love, primeiro single do álbum. Como primeiro álbum de uma seqüencia de três que vão ser lançados até o começo do ano que vem, o Green Day ainda tem mais duas chances de acertarem totalmente.
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  7. Dec 23, 2012
    0
    what happened to the band that brought us international top hits such as american idiot, basket case, boulevard of broken dreams, holiday andwhat happened to the band that brought us international top hits such as american idiot, basket case, boulevard of broken dreams, holiday and 21 guns, only to mention a few! Expand

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