With Billie Joe Armstrong still in rehab, Green Day have completed their trilogy of albums quicker than expected: before the clock strikes 2013. Ironically, their ambitious plan masks their inability to carry it through. To be fair, making three solid albums in a year is a tough task for anyone, let alone a band as creatively tapped-out as Green Day.
Where the first two albums adopted a more polished, hollow version of their formerly snotty, hooky pop-punk, ¡Tré! offers a few ballads, swelling string-laden anthems and even a six-minute medley à la American Idiot - styles that once represented a new aesthetic for the band but now sound forced and exhausted.
The trilogy has enough glimmers of inspiration for one solid album, but not three.
Top track: Brutal Love