Long time readers of this blog will not be surprised by my inclusion of this classic Barry Manilow song. While, in general, my musical tastes are a little harder than Barry’s more middle of the road sound I give him a lot of credit for his songwriting and performance skills. If you aren’t familiar with this one, it is really worth a listen!
Our 2012 end of the year music review continues with the Best Album Concept award which goes to Green Day for their release of Uno!, Dos!, and Tre!. While each of these Albums was released individually (and has its own unique flavor), they were all recorded at the same time and deserve to be considered as part of a single concept. In general, these albums represent a move back to Green Day’s roots, after their American Idiot and 21st Century Breakdown forays into the land of Rock Operas (don’t get me wrong…..American Idiot is one of my all time favorites). In these three albums Green Day also manages to pay homage to many of their rock influences like the Who. Let’s listen to some sample track from each of the individual albums.
Uno! – Stay The Night
If you are interested in hearing more about Uno! checkout the “New Music That Doesn’t Suck #7” post that I made about that album.
Dos! – Ashley
If you liked Ashley you can listen to the whole Dos! album below….
Tre! – Sex, Drugs, and Violence
The last song of the album brings the concept full circle back to the more recent Green Day sound with a beautiful ballad, The Forgotten.
Tre! – The Forgotten
If you liked the two songs above you can listen to the whole Tre! album below….
Green Day’s new album, Uno, was released this Tuesday. I picked up the MP3 album as soon as it was released and have been listening to it ever since. Oh Love is my favorite song at this point. Let’s listen….
If you like the song you might want to check out the album on Amazon. For this week it is available for download at $5.00 US. Uno is the first of three Green Day albums to be released over the next next few months. I am already looking forward to the other two. Here was Green Day’s announcement of the trilogy.
Let’s listen to one more from Uno….here is my second favorite song so far, Kill The DJ.
I don’t know what September is like in the rest of the world but here in Alabama it represents the beginnings of the transition from Summer to Fall. The temperatures start to moderate a little, the humidity level goes down, and if we are lucky there will be a few cool mornings when there is a nip in the air. All in all it is normally a great month so let’s celebrate it today.
Here are my favorite “September” songs…..as always, let me know what you think and what your favorites are.
Once again there is something here for everyone. Enjoy your weekend!
Personal Note: Billie Joe Armstrong get well soon!
I want to admit upfront that prior to the release of American Idiot I was never a Green Day fan. Having gotten that off my chest, I was totally blown away by American Idiot which is the closest thing to a perfect album that we have seen in many years. In my humble opinion it is easily the best album so far in the 2000’s.
The album’s theme had a lot of meaning when it was initially released in the middle of the Bush years and all of those feelings are coming back to me as I contemplate a potential win by Mitt Romney in this year’s US Presidential election. Let’s listen to a couple of my favorite song from the album.
American Idiot (sorry about the ad!)
Give Me Novacaine
As great as these two songs are, you really cannot appreciate how good the album is without listening to it end to end. So….here it is in all it’s glory for your enjoyment. As you listen to the two embedded rock operas in this gem of an album, I think you will agree with me about how good this album is.
Still not had enough Green Day??? Me neither…here is a live version of Wake Me Up When September Ends.