And last but not least comes ¡Tré!, the final installment of Green Day‘s ambitious three-album run that’s already given us greats like the big-bikes-and-fake-blood fueled video for “Kill The DJ” and this vintage Green Day-y MTV VMA performance. These last twelve songs — now streaming in full thanks to iHeartRadio — are, by Billie Joe Armstrong‘s own description, “epic” and meant for “cleaning up the mess.” But “cleaning up the mess” in the most punk-y fun manner, of course, because nothing here is a drag.
A few first-spin standouts: “Drama Queen” is a dippy love song, sung for a “Daddy’s little bundle of joy, out of a magazine,” that’s mostly-acoustic and is definitely the Green Day song that sounds most like a Beatles song. “Sex, Drugs & Violence” is, as the title suggests, a ramped up song about living fast and then growing up. By way of old school Green Day, we like the street storming spirit of “Dirty Rotten Bastards” (“Calling all demons, this is the season / Next stop is therapy / We’re the retarded and the broken hearted”) and the rev-ed up Occupy anthem “99 Revolutions.” And because it’s where we hang out Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm, we like “8th Avenue Serenade,” too. We’ll meet you at the bathroom stall, Billie Joe, just as soon as we’re done this blog post.