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iUno!

Green Day

iUno!

Punk trio's ninth studio album and the first of a trilogy of releases over the next few months

ADM rating[?]

6.1

Label
Warner Bros
UK Release date
24/09/2012
US Release date
25/09/2012
  1. 8.5 |   BBC

    Free from grandly theatrical flourishes that were threatening to become things of creative captivity, ¡Uno!’s graceful manoeuvres confirm Green Day’s status as one of the world’s finest rock’n’roll bands
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  2. 8.0 |   The Scotsman

    Back to basics in fine style
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  3. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Just when you thought Green Day didn't make albums like this anymore – 12 blasts of hook-savvy mosh-pit pop, cut hot and simple with no operatic agenda
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  4. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    Not quite back to basics, but the collection has a garage-rock sound that feels “demo”. Recommended
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  5. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Those fans who jumped on with 1994's breakthrough album Dookie should rejoice: your favourite slacker-punks are, briefly, back. Print edition only

  6. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    A kernel of buzzsaw guitars, driving basslines and bludgeoning beats, it is as exciting as they’ve sounded in years
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  7. 7.4 |   Paste Magazine

    These guys work best when the stakes are lowered, when the pretensions and grandeur are set aside in favor of snot-nosed, nihilistic punk-pop clatter
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  8. 7.0 |   Spin

    More than any stylistic flourishes, it's the breadth of emotion on ¡Uno!, from first-date tenderness to pre-rehab rage, that makes the album feel like it's supposed to be part of a trilogy
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  9. 7.0 |   No Ripcord

    It may be a bit predictable but it's also kind of comforting knowing Green Day can still crank out albums like this with seeming effortlessness
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  10. 7.0 |   Tone Deaf

    ¡Uno! is not the next classic Green Day album. But if you ever truly loved this band, this record might just remind you why
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  11. 7.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Maybe a band entering their third decade simply doesn’t have to prove themselves anymore. Whatever the reason ¡Uno! is the sound of a group settling back and enjoying themselves
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  12. 6.7 |   A.V. Club

    Filler abounds, and it doesn’t land with quite as much delirious abandon as it once did, but Armstrong’s power-pop impulse can still pack a face-splitting punch
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  13. 6.0 |   NME

    ¡Uno!'s merits are somewhat erratic
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  14. 6.0 |   Pop Matters

    Even as a longtime Green Day fan, it’s apparent to me that ¡Uno! is a grower. That trait will likely relegate it to the more underappreciated corner of the band’s discography
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  15. 6.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    Production issues aside, and despite its knack for brevity, Green Day still proves capable of providing arena-ready material
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  16. 6.0 |   Independent on Sunday

    Uno! starts promisingly, but it’s soon obvious that the Clash of “Tommy Gun” is still their template
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  17. 6.0 |   Slant Magazine

    For all of the expansion in the band's aural palette, it's difficult to escape a sense of déjà vu on some tracks
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  18. 6.0 |   The Fly

    ‘¡Uno!’ is three 40-year-olds acting like they’re still the guys we grew up with. The good news is, they’ve just about still got it…
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  19. 6.0 |   Uncut

    A return to the band's breathless takes on Ramones/Buzzcocks pop-punk formula. Print edition only

  20. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    The influence of the the Clash, the Sex Pistols and the Damned is channeled into songs which never outstay their welcome, have choruses which sound like you've known them all your life, and oodles of energy
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  21. 6.0 |   Q

    It feels like they're saving more varied material for later instalments. Print edition only

  22. 6.0 |   The Digital Fix

    It's an ambitious project no doubt, but on the basis of this installment, chock full as it is of Green Day-by-numbers efforts, another couple of dozen tracks of the same ilk should be - literally - no effort at all
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  23. 5.0 |   The AU Review

    The album feels like like it contains too many filler tracks and is just happy to be safe and "samey"The album feels like like it contains too many filler tracks and is just happy to be safe and "samey"
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  24. 4.0 |   State

    Highlights the conflict that has been at the heart of Green Day since their return to grace – the battle between the band who want to bring down the government and the one who just want to fool around
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  25. 4.0 |   The Arts Desk

    It wouldn’t be the first time the band has played with the constraints and conventions of its genre
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  26. 4.0 |   The Observer

    Largely throwaway, its frenzied, phlegm-flecked songs littered with sentiments that sound daft coming from a 40-year-old frontman
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  27. 2.0 |   The Independent

    Some of the dullest music released all year
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  28. 2.0 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    A hurtful reminder that three guys who once inspired a generation of teenagers who fancied themselves disenfranchised, who, even when they sucked, seemed to have aspirations worth believing in, have stopped being relevant
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