A black-and-white cutout of Mike Dirnt's head with an orange, striped backdrop
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 9, 2012 (2012-11-09)
RecordedFebruary 14–June 26, 2012
StudioJingletown Studios, Oakland, California
Green Day chronology
Singles from ¡Dos!
  1. "Stray Heart"
    Released: October 15, 2012

¡Dos! is the tenth studio album by American rock band Green Day. The album was released on November 9, 2012 in Australia, November 12 in the United Kingdom and on November 13 in the United States through Reprise Records. It is the second installment in the ¡Uno! ¡Dos! ¡Tré! trilogy. Following its predecessor's power pop style, ¡Dos! was billed as Green Day's take on garage rock.[4]

The album garnered the highest average reviews of all three trilogy albums, receiving generally positive reviews from music critics, who praised its dynamic style and catchy songs; others found its music dull and observed filler on the album. It debuted at number nine on the US Billboard 200, with first-week sales of 69,000 copies in the United States, a low for the band, becoming their first album since signing to a major record label to not sell 100,000 records in its first week.[5][6]

Theme and composition

In an interview with Billie Joe Armstrong and Mike Dirnt, it was stated that ¡Dos! was going to have a "more garage rock—a little dirtier, like you're in the middle of the party" feel to it, similar to their side band Foxboro Hot Tubs.[7] In a couple of interviews, Armstrong even went as far as calling ¡Dos! "the second Foxboro album." The track "Fuck Time", originally performed as a Foxboro Hot Tubs song, was recorded for the album, as was the track "Stray Heart".[8]

Unlike the other two albums in the trilogy, this album features thirteen tracks instead of twelve. The final track "Amy" is dedicated to the late Amy Winehouse. The song "Nightlife" features guest vocals from Lady Cobra of the band Mystic Knights of the Cobra. The song is one of the slower and darker songs from the trilogy and has Lady Cobra rapping in her respective parts of the track.[9] The album’s tenth track, titled "Lady Cobra" is inspired by her. A black-and-white cutout of her with a sailor hat is seen on the back cover with her eye crossed out with a pink "X".[citation needed]

Release and promotion

A trailer for the album was released on June 21, 2012 on the band's YouTube channel, it included a preview of the song "Fuck Time".[10] A preview of the song "Lazy Bones" was featured in a special Green Day themed level pack of Angry Birds Friends. Green Day also released previews of the songs "Stray Heart", "Makeout Party", "Wild One", "Fuck Time", "Lady Cobra" and "Nightlife" during an interview on BBC Radio One.[11] A very short preview of the song "See You Tonight" was featured in one of their tour videos. On October 3, 2012, Green Day officially announced the track list for the album on their website.[12] The songs "Stop When the Red Lights Flash", "Amy" and "Nightlife" were featured on the episode "Unspoken" of CSI: NY alongside "Kill the DJ" from ¡Uno! and from "The Forgotten" from ¡Tré!, narrating the first dialogue-free 30 minutes of the episode. An official trailer was released on October 15 and featured previews of "Stop When the Red Lights Flash", "Fuck Time", and "Stray Heart".[13] "Stop When the Red Lights Flash" is featured in the 2012 Electronic Arts racing game, Need For Speed: Most Wanted, and is included on the game's soundtrack album.

The album was officially released to listen by Green Day on the Rolling Stone website on November 6. Initial vinyl copies of ¡Dos! feature "Drama Queen" (from ¡Tré!) instead of "Stray Heart" due to the fact that they were pressed before the two tracks were swapped.[14] A clean version of the track "Fuck Time" was released under the name "F-Woo Time".


The band uploaded a trailer for the album on their official channel on YouTube showing the band in the recording studio as well as performing the song "Fuck Time" with their garage rock side band, Foxboro Hot Tubs. During the trailer the cover artwork for the album was revealed. It features a black-and-white cutout of Mike Dirnt, with his eyes crossed-out with pink X's, on a geometric, orange background. The words "Green Day" are loudly splashed in blue across the top of the cover, while the word "¡Dos!" is sprawled graffiti-style in white in the lower left-hand corner, much like the artwork for their previous album ¡Uno![10]


"Stray Heart" premiered on Idiot Club, Green Day's official fan club, on October 8, 2012, and premiered on Zane Lowe's BBC Radio 1 show on the same day.[15] It was later confirmed to be released as a single for the album on October 15 in the UK, and October 23 in the US. On October 18, it was announced on Idiot Club that fans could go to downtown LA to appear in the music video for "Stray Heart" on October 19. The video was released on November 7. The song reached number 10 on the Japan Billboard Japan Hot 100 in October.[16] It was the only single to be released from the album.

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[18]
The A.V. ClubC–[1]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[19]
Los Angeles Times3.5/4 stars[20]
Mojo4/5 stars[21]
The Observer2/5 stars[23]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[24]
Slant Magazine3/5 stars[4]

At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, ¡Dos! received an average score of 68, based on 24 reviews, which indicates "generally favorable reviews".[17] AllMusic editor Stephen Thomas Erlewine complimented its "high-octane" style and called it a "terrific little party record."[18] Randall Roberts of the Los Angeles Times commended Green Day for "allowing in a much wider range of sounds and styles", and found the album "way more impressive than the rudimentary math of Uno!", calling it "an excellent Green Day album — one of its best — a catchy, revealing work".[20] Jon Dolan of Rolling Stone wrote that Green Day "harness[es] the sound of immolating, teenage-wasteland lust for an album with a distinct sense of life coming off the rails".[24] Scott Heisel of the Alternative Press felt that, apart from "Fuck Time" and "Nightlife", the album is "so focused and straightforward", and commented that despite some "rote" lyrics, Green Day "function[s] at their best with hook-filled songs that are typically three minutes or less."[26] Despite noting a few "outright missteps", AJ Ramirez of PopMatters found the album generally "engaging" and dubbed it "the best Green Day studio album since American Idiot—given the uneven nature of the LPs in between, that's praise that demands qualifiers."[27] Kerrang! complimented the album's "variety" and observed a "musical joie de vivre" throughout.[28]

By contrast, Jason Heller of The A.V. Club perceived a lack of "joy" in the band's "garage-rock angle", writing that they "feel like they're writing a paper on the genre rather than celebrating it in song."[1] Phil Mongredien of The Observer called the album "oddly leaden and largely witless", and criticized the band for "flailing ever further from the pop nous that has underscored their finest moments".[23] Barry Nicolson of NME found ¡Dos! "too cluttered with filler to measure up against the best of the band's stuff."[22] Slant Magazine's Jonathan Keefe wrote similarly, "only a handful of its tracks are truly essential additions to the Green Day catalogue."[4] Mark Roche of State felt that it "has as many disappointing tracks as it does impressive ones" and observed from Green Day "the attempt to forge modern expectations with old school sensibility, even if it doesn't always work."[2] Sputnikmusic's Joseph Viney felt that "Armstrong’s lyrics are the biggest hindrance" and called the songs musically "limp".[29] Jon Young of Spin felt that Armstrong "might want to abandon" his "juvenile posturing ... even the most seductive rascals lose their boyish allure eventually."[25] Kyle Anderson from Entertainment Weekly stated "scratch the party-till-you-puke surface and there’s plenty of minor-key darkness lurking below, as in the bleary-eyed "Lazy Bones" and the lounge- lizard groove propping up "Nightlife.""[19]

Commercial performance

The album debuted at number nine on the Billboard 200, with first-week sales of 69,000 copies in the United States.[5] The album has sold over 175,000 copies in the US.[30] The album also debuted at number 10 in the UK with first-week sales of 24,613 and total sales of 91,870 as of October 13, 2016.[31] ¡Dos! became the band's first album since their 1994 release Dookie that did not sell 100,000 copies in its first week.[6]

Track listing

All lyrics written by Billie Joe Armstrong, except "Nightlife", written by Armstrong and Monica Painter; all music composed by Green Day (Armstrong, Mike Dirnt, and Tré Cool).

1."See You Tonight"1:06
2."Fuck Time"2:45
3."Stop When the Red Lights Flash"2:26
4."Lazy Bones"3:34
5."Wild One"4:19
6."Makeout Party"3:14
7."Stray Heart"3:44
9."Baby Eyes"2:22
10."Lady Cobra"2:05
11."Nightlife" (featuring Lady Cobra)3:04
12."Wow! That's Loud"4:27
Total length:39:21


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