2 stars (out of 4)
Back-to-basics albums are generally a bad idea, an attempt to recapture a feeling or a time long since passed. And though
They're multimillionaires who tried to grow up on albums such as "American Idiot" (2004), an improbable, politically charged classic. In connecting the teenage wasteland of his youth with the disappointments of Bush-era America, Armstrong and Green Day sounded more relevant than ever.
But “Uno” – the first of an expected three albums to be released in the next few months -- backtracks on those gains. There are some undeniably sharp, catchy tunes with “Let Yourself Go” hurtling on a wave of harmony vocals and “Carpe Diem” evoking the late ‘70s shout-from-the-rooftops Clash. “Sweet 16” echoes the wistfulness of the band’s first big-ballad hit, “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life).” All of which makes Green Day something of a classic-rock band, adept at recycling itself. Only “Kill the DJ” tries to break out of the formula, and it’s an embarrassment – a