Uno!

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
Uno! Music Poster Image
Some graphic language, content from pop-punk band.

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 4 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

No over–the–top negative messages, though several songs describe being a "troublemaker" and living life with a kind of self–destructive desperation. 

 
Positive Role Models & Representations

Some may admire the band for their outspoken political views, but others may disagree; it all depends on your perspective.

Violence

No intense violence, though some starkly violent metaphors. For example: "Snap my heart like a stick in the mud/ Cut my chest just to see the blood" and "Someone kill the DJ/ Shoot the f––king DJ!"

Sex

Some clear if not overly graphic allusions to sex: "Stay the night ... I don't wanna say good-bye." 

Language

A fair amount of "f––k," with some other words like "s––t" and "p–ss."

Consumerism

Patron, Old English.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Pills, drinking, and cigarettes are mentioned. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that even though Uno! is by a mainstream band (pop–punksters Green Day), it includes its fair share of profanity ("f––k," "s––t"), references to substance use (pills and drinking), some violent metaphors about blood and shooting, and let's–get–into–trouble types of behaviors. There's an edited version available.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 18+ year old Written by11111111111111111111 December 27, 2012

Good

I got the edited version, but i can tell where there are swears, and there are tons. The normal version consists of at least 50 swears. i'm not exaggeratin... Continue reading
Adult Written byHot Fuss October 28, 2012

Uno! Green Day's dirtiest record.

There are massive uses of profanity (f--k 38 times, b-itch once, b-astard 2 times, s--t once, pis-s twice and ti-ts once), drug imagery and violence and s-ex. N... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byHajile November 13, 2012

Green Day- iUno!

While I personally love this album, it does contain countless f words and repeated pervasively lyrics include "always f**k f**kin with my head now" on... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old December 21, 2012

Great album if your child understands why bad language really is bad.

This album contains some really catchy hooks, riffs, and vocals that you would most likely sing-along to if not for the often used swear words throughout the al... Continue reading

What's the story?

UNO! is the aptly named first in a three–record series by pop–punk juggernaut Green Day. It's the ninth album in the band's history, released after a three–year hiatus following 21st Century Breakdown.

Is it any good?

Green Day is known for erring on the safe side with their music, not going to the extremes of some of their punk peers. Uno! is a good example of this approach: even on "angry" tracks like "Let Yourself Go," lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong's vocal rebellion sounds somewhat tame. Still, the fun, upbeat tones in this album will definitely appeal to the legions of Green Day fans out there. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why Green Day has been able to bridge the gap between the underground image that characterizes the punk music genre and mainstream success.

  • What are some of the reasons why the band has become massively popular despite its choice to focus on punk music?

  • What lessons can more obscure bands learn from Green Day about how to make it in the music business? 

Music details

  • Artist: Green Day
  • Release date: September 18, 2012
  • Type: Album
  • Label: Reprise
  • Genre: Punk Rock
  • Parental advisory: Yes
  • Edited version available: Yes

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