A story of disenfranchisement set to a punk rock score, it's a world away from other jukebox musicals. But punk credibility can evaporate quickly beneath the proscenium arch, and I wonder if such an inflated project would have been laughed out of the studio by the three young men who recorded Dookie in 1994.
After the indulgence of a second rock opera (21st Century Breakdown) in 2009, now comes the news that between September 2012 and January 2013 Green Day will release not one, not two, but three albums of new material. With those overarching support structures removed, ¡Uno! wins round one with a flurry of back-to-basics punches that force these 12 songs to stand or fall on their own merit.
Nuclear Family, Let Yourself Go and Kill The DJ in particular bristle with the fizz and the fury of the perfect three-minute punk song, so fingers crossed that ¡Dos! and ¡Tre! don't leave us wishing Green Day had used the natural sieve of a double album to sort out quality over quantity.