Dos is the second of three albums to be released in 2012 as part of Green Day’s follow up to their concept album phase (Tre was originally scheduled for a January 2013 release, but was moved forward due to Billie-Joe Armstrong’s admittance to rehab and subsequent cancellation of upcoming shows). With Uno listed as the “getting in the mood to party” album and Tre as the “cleaning up the mess” album it would be reasonable to expect Dos, as the “at the party” album to be the hardest rocking. Yet this is not entirely accurate. Whereas Uno had a more-or-less consistently hard rocking feel throughout, Dos is, in places, a more experimental work. It starts with a whimper with the folk-tinged acoustic opener See You Tonight, though this essentially works as an introductory track before the album kicks into full-tilt with the Foxboro Hot Tubs reject, surf-rock inspired Fuck Time. It continues with Stop When The Red Lights Flash before softening off a bit with Lazy Bones which would easily feel in place on either American Idiot or 21st Century Breakdown. Whilst Wild One slows the tempo and sounds like Green Day trying to be Weezer, which is no bad thing at all.
Nightlife is probably the biggest departure from the traditional Green Day sound, possibly in the history of the band. Employing electronic drums, and a pounding bass line, it sleazes its way through and tells a sordid tale with Billie-Joe singing the chorus whilst Lady Cobra (from Mystic Knights of the Cobra) raps the verses. The whole vibe makes it feel like a more party-orientated take on the terrific Transplants song, Down in Oakland.
Wow! That’s Loud brings up back up to full party mode, before closing track Amy signals the beginning of the come-down. Written about singer Amy Winehouse who died last at the age of 27 due to alcohol abuse, it drips with emotion and seems particularly poignant given Billie-Joe’s recent admission to rehab for the similar reasons.
Overall, the album feels less like a Green Day album and more like a follow up to their alter-egos (Foxboro Hot Tubs) debut, Stop, Drop And Roll!!! Whilst Uno goes for a distinctly Green Day vibe, this album focuses on channelling the spirit of the 1960s with familiar riffs and styles not seen in the charts too often these days. You could even go so far as to say this is Green Day channelling the Foxboro Hot Tubs, though with the pristine production this may have been a better record under the other moniker. Even so, this is a great album though it is difficult to see how this really fits together as a trilogy in any sort of meaningful way. But when the songs are this good, I suppose it doesn’t really matter.