We’ve reached the week’s end and wrap up this short marathon of posts with the third and final album, Tre! by Green Day. This album starts off with the track Brutal Love. Brutal Love begins with a light melodic guitar and vocals that flow easily together. It’s a very melodic driven song in the beginning, adding in the drums a good way in, and bringing the sound up a little bit. It stays melodic in essence despite getting louder and marginally faster as the song continues on. The second track on the album is called Missing You and it starts out loud with guitars and near constant drumming. It drops out to a steady, guitar driven rhythm as the vocals enter. It’s an energy building song that I love to listen to whenever I have the moment and the urge to. It’s easily one of my favorites over all.
Track three is named 8th Avenue Serenade, and it starts off with quieter melodic guitars and builds up to a rather quick pace as the vocals enter. It’s not an outwardly loud or energetic song, but it doesn’t need to be. To me it seems that it gets slightly faster as the song continues to play. It’s a lovely song, and it paves the way for the fourth track on the album, Drama Queen. This fourth track starts out with slow guitar and melodic vocals. It’s quiet in the beginning, but it slowly starts to build as the song continues. This is first noted by the inclusion of drums around a minute in, and then the addition of a piano later in the song when the vocals take a short break. Overall it’s a slow song, and not really high on my list of Green Day songs.
The fifth track on the album is X-Kid. It marks a return to a louder sound and a stronger beat. The guitar introduces the song and the vocals quickly enter, creating a strong energy as the song continues on. It’s a song that gains energy as it continues to play, but it does it in a wonderful way. It precedes the track titled Sex, Drugs, & Violence, which continues the loud beginning trend set into motion by X-Kid. It’s faster and has a lot more energy going to it, driven mostly by the guitar that stays in the background. It’s certainly up there on my list of favorite Green Day songs.
Track seven is entitled A Little Boy Named Train and it opens with a strong guitar that quickly blends in with the drums, creating a loud and fast paced song. It’s got a good energy to it and I enjoy jamming to it, but it’s another song that’s not that high on my list of favorite Green Day songs. Amanda is the eighth track on the album and it leads with vocals that are quickly joined by the instruments to create a face paced and quieter song in the beginning. it’s a nice break from the rapid fire loud songs that it follows. In it a ways it does get a little louder, but it possesses more of a building quietly, often break to a quieter style in places.
Track nine is titled Walk Away and it starts slower and quieter with a more melodic quality to everything right up to the chorus where it explodes into noise and clashing cymbals and hi-hats. This effect stays in place after it explodes into being, helping to build the energy as the song continues. The tenth track is called Dirty Rotten Bastards and it starts with muffled vocals and louder drums, before taking away the muffled affect and letting the sound explode out of the songs. There’s a strange melodic and rhythmical effect to the vocals and guitar as the song continues. I always get caught up in the energy of the song and it’s certainly one of may favorites. around a minute in the song changes to a more beat driven song, with the instruments taking control of things around the two minute mark. There’s a lot going on in Dirty Rotten Bastards, but it flows together so well.
Track eleven, 99 Revolutions carries on the energy and theme that Dirty Rotten Bastards builds up, starting out with drums and then adding in guitars before the vocals cut in. It’s slower in the beginning that the previous track, and it has a heavier melodic quality to it, but it’s just as loud and energetic as the track it follows. The final track on the album is The Forgotten and it starts off with piano and melodic vocals. It’s slow and helps bring the energy level back down after the tenth and eleventh tracks. It builds slightly towards the middle, but it stays melodic and slow through the end of the album.
All in all, there’s a lot that these three albums bring to the table and as a whole unit I love them. They’re complete on their own, but together they’re truly something else. I definitely recommend listening to them if you haven’t already.
The final album to the trilogy starts out with a slow, sweet song that’s jam-packed filled with emotion, and captures your attention by the heart strings and practically yanks it over. After “Brutal Love,” the album swings into full force – each song packed with both emotion and energy, even the softer songs like “Drama Queen.”
The album is so amazing. It’s got a sense of finality and reflection, an ending to a small series with a story with a meaning that isn’t clear. In my opinion, Tre! is the one that shows the maturity of the band as a whole, and the songs cover more mature topics. “X-Kid” and “Walk Away” are the songs that really stand out as having that older, reflective, mature view to them – giving advice and an older perspective on youth.
The album keeps your attention all the way through, having a nice rotation between soft slow songs and rock out songs that you want to dance and sing along. At the same time, each song keeps your attention and has energy to it, and a message and story to tell – very much like the last song on Dos! Songs like “Dirty Rotten Bastards” and “99 Revolutions” are reflective of the world we live in today, and sets the tone for a whole new generation to relate and be prepared of this.
And the final song, “The Forgotten”, makes you think and reflect. And it’s a great final song, even though a dramatic tone change from 99 Revolutions. I love it all the same, and this trilogy is always going to be a fond favorite in the line of albums I have on my shelf.