¡Dos! is a reliably fun, garagey treat - and should be viewed as no more than that.
By process of elimination, ¡Dos! is the best Green Day studio album since American Idiot—given the uneven nature of the LPs in between, that’s praise that demands qualifiers.
For all their fitful moments of greatness, these albums remain too cluttered with filler to measure up against the best of the band’s stuff, though ‘¡Dos!’ is a tentative step in the right direction.
¡Dos! is the sophomore slump of a trilogy that’s shaping up to be far less fun than it was supposed to be.
With a lack of depth, a messy focus, and a bloated sense of evolution, ¡Dos! isn’t only a forgettable sequel to a bland predecessor, but a slip down the ladder Green Day has attempted to extend for over a decade.
It’s an album from a band trying so hard to be relevant, that even they don’t know where they stand anymore.
Unfortunately, no amount of nostalgia can turn Dos! into a nearly passable effort.