Like No Doubt, Green Day, too, are back and doing the 90s proud. The pop-punk heroes have a trilogy of albums called ¡Uno!, ¡Dos!, and ¡Tre! lined-up for release beginning this fall (September 25th, November 13th, and January 15th, respectively), and today they debuted the first cut from the bunch. “Oh Love” finds the band back in fine form.
This Rob Cavallo-produced single is a bit more produced than some of the band’s earlier stuff, and the punchy-guitars might sound straight classic rock were it not for Billie Joe Armstrong‘s still distinctive — and at times almost pained sounding — voice and trademark angst. “Far away, far away/ waste away tonight/ I am wearing my heart on a noose,” goes the chorus, and you know that Green Day have still got it.
According to the band, each of the three upcoming albums will take on a different feel. ¡Uno!, the first from which “Oh Love” was cut, is their “getting in the mood to party” album. A second, “more garage-y, Nuggets-type rock” and an “epic” third will follow. “We were just thinking about making a killer power-pop record — dirtier, back to the basics,” bassist Mike Dirnt tells Rolling Stone. “We tapped into our version of Exile on Main Street.” “Oh Love” certainly works to move the band away from the politics of their last two albums. Can it possibly compete, though, with “Loving Cup” and the 70’s Stones? Have a listen and let us know what you think!