Review: Revolution Radio by Green Day

Revolution Radio by Green DayThe last time Green Day released an album, it was a trilogy: ¡Uno!, ¡Dos! and ¡Tré! were spotty at best, the band committing to the whole trilogy thing, seemingly without much of a plan after the first installment. That was four years ago: now they’re back with Revolution Radio, built essentially as a back-to-basics record but with the perspectives of veterans rather than new kids on the block. On its own it’s, more or less, well, a back-to-basics record: you put on in the background and not really mind what any of the songs are all about, as long as you can do some air-guitaring in between stop lights. Of course, now, it’s not shambolic: the experiences of the extremely focused American Idiot and 21st Century Breakdown has bled out into this one, too. But maybe you wouldn’t notice that. Maybe you’ll be searching for that grand statement that worked so well for them in those two albums. Maybe you’ll think this is too basic. I think it’s okay – forgettable by all means, but considering the sprawling mess that was their 2012 trilogy, I’d take this one. [NB]3/5

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