I was wondering today if Green Day had been working on anything new. Turns out they are releasing 3 albums over the next few months. Too much? The preview for the first one makes it sound like there will be some musical variation, although their trademark punk downstrokes will likely make a prominent appearance.
I predict it will be like many multi-disc albums (or multiple albums released in a short period of time). With increased track-space to experiment, they can explore a broader range of sounds and reach a broader range of listeners, but to many ears, there still may be an increase of suck or meh in between. More songs = More Good + More Bad + More Blah I guess.
I have often thought about distilling one of these mega-albums down to a single album, or even just an EP, and wonder how other people would assemble theirs. Maybe that will be the next few mixtapes. Likely candidates for such surgery are: Melancholy and the Infinite Sadness – Smashing Pumpkins, Stadium Arcadium – Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Alchemy Index – Thrice, and/or Digital Ash in a Digital Urn and I’m Wide Awake It’s Morning – Bright Eyes.