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November 28, 2012

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Green Day: “Dos!”

“Dos!” the second album in Green Day’s 2012 trilogy — not only equals“Uno!” it’s better. “Dos!” opens the one-minute long Everly Brothers-like “See You Tonight,” on which Billie Joe Armstrong sings harmonies with himself accompanied by a hard-strummed acoustic guitar. It ends with “Amy,” another acoustic, ’50s-tinged number, this one aiming toward Dion-style street balladry. In between are a dozen pure rock ‘n’ rollers.

There’s a raunchy garage rocker (the title unprintable in a family newspaper), the fine hook-filled pop of “Ashley” and nods to the early The Who and late The Beatles.

There are buzzing hard rockers, the swinging bounce of “Stray Hearts, a ’50s-meets-glam revved up shuffle on “Lady Cobra,” and “Nightlife” even manages to incorporate a sexy rap from Lady Cobra without losing its feel and spirit.

“Dos!” doesn’t have any overarching themes. Instead, it’s Green Day being simply what it is — a fine rock ‘n’ roll band. — L. Kent Wolgamott

File next to: Blink-182, Bad Religion.

Lana Del Ray: “Paradise”

Not surprisingly, the eight new songs on “Paradise” come from the same emotional territory as those on her debut album “Born To Die,” with Lana Del Ray singing of the travails of love in ’60s glamorous pop fashion.

She’s got some smarts and humorous spark, singing that “Springsteen is the king don’t you think? I was like hell yeah, that guy can sing” and on “American,” claiming “Elvis is my daddy, Marilyn’s my mother” and getting raunchy with Pepsi on the shimmering, string drenched “Cola,” Del Ray works these songs vocally, getting dusky and seductive in her lower register — at its best on the perfectly picked and arranged cover of “Blue Velvet” — and vulnerable as her voice goes higher.

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