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As demonstrated by the psychopathic conservative Christian in “Kill the DJ,” Green Day still casts itself against the belligerent bigots of an alien nation. But from the triple-strummed power-chords of “Nuclear Family” to the clarion call of “Oh Love,” the bright musical tone here implies some kind of détente. Guitars ring cleanly, the bass burbles and pops, and Billie Joe Armstrong often loosens his trademark snarl into a simple croon. In fact, at 40, he’s never sounded so consistently young — or so vocally adept. That doesn’t make this disc another tour de force like “American Idiot,” though. The first of three albums coming out through January, it’s an intentional pop-punk grab bag. Its implicit boast is that rock ’n’ roll’s spontaneous, trashy inspiration can endure into middle age, underscored by lines like “We’re running out of time . . . I don’t wanna say goodbye.” Ironically, it’s not their youthful flair but their depth of experience that pulls it off. With a command of ready-made bits by everyone from the Who to Slade, they’ve earned the right to conclude, “The kids are alright / As alright as they’ll ever be.” (Out Tuesday) FRANKLIN SOULTS

ESSENTIAL “Sweet 16”