After weeks of teasing, Green Day has finally released “Oh Love,” the first single from their upcoming album trilogy, the follow-up to 2009’s “21st Century Breakdown.” The song is a departure from the band’s lastest release, reminiscent of — but more polished than — the early pop-punk sounds of “Nimrod” and “Dookie,” both of which were produced by “¡Uno!,” “¡Dos!,” “¡Tré!” producer Rob Cavallo.
The midtempo, guitar-heavy track is simple, with repetition in both the words and the beat. Easily identifiable as a Green Day single, “Oh Love” looses some of the grit of the group’s previous releases, with catchy love song lyrics like “Far Away, far away / Waste away tonight / I’m wearing my heart on a noose / Far Away, far away / Waste away tonight / Tonight my heart’s on the loose.”
In the band’s Billboard cover story, Billie Joe Armstrong said that each of the group’s upcoming three albums, due out Sept. 25, Nov. 13, and Jan. 15, 2013, would have a different sound. “The first record is getting the party started, the second record is the party happening and the depths of hell in the party, and the third one is trying to pick up the pieces, self-reflection and the hangover,” Armstrong said of “¡Uno!,” “¡Dos!” and “¡Tré!”
“Oh Love” is the final song on the first 12-track album, which features a black and white photo of Armstrong against a neon green background. “What I really wanted to do was write real power-pop kind of music that had that old Green Day energy,” the frontman explained, “so the original Green Day sound became ‘¡Uno!'”
The album art for “Oh Love” follows the same bright and bold theme of the three album covers, and the trippy, geometric lyric video is even better if you watch with a pair of old-school red and blue 3D glasses.