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Despite the clouds that have gathered over Green Day following front man Billie Joe Armstrong's stint in rehab, ĦUno!, the first installment of the band's highly-awaited trilogy of studio albums, is like a beam of sunshine. It has been several years and many albums since the band stuck its tongue out at political and social issues, concentrating on some good ol' fashioned punk rock instead. In this album too, the band chooses to focus on less controversial things like love, loneliness and the proliferation of DJs. This is, however, the most profane of the band's albums released so far, liberally sprinkled with four-letter words and cringeworthy insults.

The album, which runs for a little over 40 minutes, kicks off with Nuclear Family, a ditty featuring the simple yet powerful guitar chords that the band is known for, a chirpy bass-line and some bombastic drumming. The next two songs, Stay the Night and Carpe Diem, follow the same upbeat pace, with the band sticking to easy-on-the-ear music.

The fourth track Let Yourself Go is pure punk, with an unusually complex guitar-line (something utilised in the track Fell for You as well), which could fool you into believing that Lynyrd Skynyrd resurrected themselves for it. Kill the DJ is our favourite track, employing a slower pace and punk sound disguised as pop, with graphic, if slightly vague, lyrics.

Loss of Control is probably our least favourite. It comes across as a hasty composition with slipshod execution. Luckily, the next track is Troublemaker with its cheeky, risqué lyrics and a guitar line as crisp as fresh toast, making the band's loss of control temporary. Sweet 16 is probably the most emotional track in the album, with its plaintive sound and bitter-sweet lyrics. Rusty James is another crowd-pleaser with its commentary on the divide between "the winners" (the mainstream) and "the losers" (the outsiders whom the band purportedly represents).

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