A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Green Day's Tre! is the last and best of the three albums the band released in the fall of 2012, after Uno! and Dos! The album is dominated by aggressive, punk-inspired rock tunes that often deal with the frustrations of relationships and talk about people who don't fit in with regular society. There are a few uses of profanity and one (actually fairly mild) song called "Sex, Drugs and Violence." Successive generations of teenagers have loved Green Day since the early '90s, but their songs are best for older teens and above.
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What's the story?
Tre! is the third of three albums that Green Day put out in the fall of 2012 (the others were Uno! and Dos!). Green Day is the most popular band to come out of the '90s punk rock revival. Their sound is a blend of punk energy and pop-rock sensibilities, and they they owe nearly as much to The Who as to The Clash, Ramones, and other punk progenitors. Green Day also made two of the biggest rock 'n' roll albums of the 2000s, American Idiot (which was turned into a hit Broadway musical) and 21st Century Breakdown.
Is it any good?
Tre! is the best of Green Day's three thematically unconnected album releases in the fall of 2012. Though not quite up the level of 2004's American Idiot and 2009's 21st Century Breakdown, Tre! has all the elements of classic Green Day: driving guitars, crashing drums, strong harmonies, evocative Billie Joe Armstrong lead vocals, and songs about alienation, frustration, and desperation. "Dirty Rotten Bastards" is one of those multi-layered rock epics that the band does so well, and "99 Revolutions" shows the group has not lost its radical political edge.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how Green Day's often manic music matches the emotions in the lyrics of principal songwriter and singer Billie Joe Armstrong.
How does the viewpoint of the political song "99 Revolutions" compare with other socially conscious Green Day songs?
How are Billie Joe Armstrong's well-publicized struggles with drugs and alcohol reflected in the songs he writes?