In spite of the hoopla surrounding Billie Joe Armstrong's onstage meltdown and subsequent rehab treatment, Green Day's plan to release three albums in under a year continues unabated. ¡Dos!, the aptly named second part of the trilogy, is relieved of the weight of expectation and, though it was recorded at the same time as the first, sounds less strained.
The band has dedicated most of the last decade to writing rock operas, and the trilogy marks their return to breezy, hooky pop-punk, a style that sounded forced on ¡Uno! But having to fill 120 minutes over three instalments means they've left behind conceptual put-ons and unnecessary frills. The only real misstep comes when they lose that unfussy plot on Nightlife, a reggae-rock tune featuring a rap verse from Lady Cobra.
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