New Albums: Green Day – Uno!
Freddie Matthews writes from London: It’s been three years in the making and Green Day are back with the first of 3 brand new studio albums. These 3 albums, Uno!, Dos! & Tre! will all be released within the next four months from the band who’ve been together for what seems to be forever. Now in their 40s, Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirint and probably the man with the coolest name in the music business, Tre Cool (ok he’s 39) have been making music as Green Day since 1987.
Green Day have such a great track record. Eight albums and over 85 million record sales worldwide is very impressive by anyone’s standards. However it’s still their 3rd studio album ‘Dookie’ which leads their album sales. Sixteen million selling Dookie was the worldwide mainstream fan introduction to Green Day, mostly thanks to one of their most recognisable songs ever, released in 1994, called Basket Case. What a belting song it was.
The new Green Day album Uno! is another example of rapid rock. It’s cool, hard hitting, dirty and will appeal to all fans, from the kids just getting into the scene to long term fans who by now are probably in their late 30s if not older. It’s a welcome return to their roots. They’ve ditched the political leanings and messages, which in all honesty were complete musical bollocks, and returned to immaculate, pop rock with catchy hooks tighter than spandex trousers, guitar licks and drum fills and anthemic choruses to make you want to jump up and down like a lunatic.
If you have missed Green Day this is another must have album of 2012.
New Albums: Jonathan & Charlotte – Together
Britain’s Got Talent, are we sure about that? Operatic style singers Jonathan and Charlotte came second on last year’s BGT show and now, just in time for Christmas, it’s time for their debut album release.
You might remember at the first audition for the 18 year old singers, judge Simon Cowell blundered by suggesting they split up as a duo. He thought that Jonathan was a far stronger performer than his best friend Charlotte. Mr. Cowell has since apologised apparently.
Together is an album I’d give to someone I hate for Christmas, either that or to someone deaf. Like the product of so many other untalented artists, it’s an album entirely of cover versions sung in the classical style. If you would seriously like something classical for Christmas go out and buy something credible like Placido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti or Kiri Te Kanawa. Jonathan & Charlotte just have very basic operatic knowledge but even I know there are ‘far’ better recorded singers, with Best Of albums, available for your hard earned cash.