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21st Century Breakdown (Deluxe Version)

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Ostensibly, this 2009 album is a throwback rock opera like the kind Pete Townshend used to write. And that’s high praise, especially considering that Green Day did the same on 2004’s worthy American Idiot. This album’s three “chapters” (“Heroes and Cons,” “Charlatans and Saints,” and “Horseshoes and Handgrenades”) follow the highs, lows, and contexts of a young couple in some contemporary urban badlands. Its novel-like storyline is tough and tender but takes a backseat to the 18 songs, all of which stand on their own. The two completely unstoppable numbers are maybe Green Day’s best: “See the Light" and “Know Your Enemy” each max out on old-school punk (like Stiff Little Fingers), untainted power pop (like The Beat), and updated ’60s-styled song narratives (like mid-period Kinks). The all-out guitar pop-smack and longing in “Last of the American Girls” pulls heartstrings, while the punk rock psalm “East Jesus Nowhere” burns the suburban confessional down. And among bits of schmaltz-y (but still good!) ’70s-styled balladizing (“Last Night on Earth”) and cautionary yarns (“Before the Lobotomy”), there’s lots of fist-hoisting Green Day to be had.

Customer Reviews

21st Century Breakdowns All Expectations

There were many who said that it couldn't be done, that a respectable and novel follow up to the career reviving and defining American Idiot was impossible and anything that came out would not and could not match it. I've got to say though that 21st Century Breakdown is this unimaginable album. 21st Century Breakdown does not follow directly in American's footsteps but makes a new trail, reviving some of the old style of past Green Day while adding some new, unexpected ones that truly makes this album the trio's best album to date. Another great Rock Opera from a great band.

Panic and Promise and Prosperity

Panic. Promise. Prosperity. These are the words that describe Green Day's newest rock epic, 21st Century Breakdown best. A follow up to 2004's American Idiot, the album follows the characters of Christian and Gloria as they examine the issues plaguing society today. It's not necessarily a concept album, as the album doesn't follow a particularly straightforward story, but when it is there, the narrative is very well written and cohesive, a testament to how far Green Day has come in the past 5 years. They have gone above and beyond the greatness they achieved with American Idiot, reaching a pinnacle of song writing and storytelling. The album is divided into three acts: Heroes and Cons, Charlatans and Saints, and Horseshoes and Handgrenades. Each has their own set of mindblowing songs to offer. The album does have it's problems, most notably when Green Day breaks their standard minimalist guitar riff pattern and tries something different. When they do this, the songs sound amazing, but soon enough, the songs flow back into standard Green Day fare, rather abruptly, as well. The most irritating times this occurs are in the first "Viva la Gloria!" and "Before the Lobotomy." The other, more minor issue is the very abrupt way many songs end. Quite a few don't flow into one another, or even flow out of themselves. They simply end with a very quick mash of the guitar. Overall though, the album is a wonderful choice to pick up. I highly recommend it. Green Day has shown their limitless potential more and more with every album they release, and 21st Century Breakdown flaunts this potential in spades. My top five (In order): 21st Century Breakdown, American Eulogy, Horseshes and Handgrenades, See the Light, East Jesus Nowhere

New Heights for Green Day

In 2005 I had decided that i would never like an album as much as American Idiot. Then I heard 21st Century Breakdown. 1. Song of the Century- Awesome lyrics setting the path for the album 2. 21st Century Breakdown- Violent musical shifts dominate this catchy song with epic lyrics 3. Know Your Enemy- Questioning people to look for their enemy, this one-riff power anthem is a great jumper. The answer to the song comes later in the album 4- Viva la Gloria!- I never thought I would call a Green Day song beautiful, but thats the correct word for the opening of this song. Great lyrics and the up-beat second half make this song huge 5- Before the Lobotomy- Ballad to rocker this song charges behind some of Green Day's best lyrics ever. Billie Joe discovers new notes with his voice 6- Christians Inferno- Pure hatred comes from the verses, then the surprising and catchy chorus comes in 7- Last Night on Earth- Just a heart-jerking love song sounding like the Beatles 8- East Jesus Nowhere- A great shot against religion on top of a riff from hell and octaves screaming damnation 9- Peacemaker- I didnt expect too much from this song but it is a very cool about vengeance 10- Last of the American Girls- Very catchy interesting guitar octaves. Kind of sounds like the Beach Boys 11- Murder City- Awesome, powerful chorus. Similar to Too Much Too Soon 12- Viva la Gloria?- Thought it would be weird in the beginning but the chorus just totally knocked me off my feat 13- Restless Heart Syndrome- Who knew Billie Joe could ht these notes. Now you find out who the enemy is 14- Horseshoes and Handgrenades- Rock and Roll riff and Billie joe sounds disillusioned until another killer chorus 15- Static Age- Very poppy but taking on the establishment and really all the concepts of the album 16- 21 Guns- One of their most epic songs, sympathetic lyrics that relate to everybody 17- American Eulogy- One of the albums best songs. Lyrics that conclude most of the album 18- See the Light- Just amazing. Green Day's most uplifting song ever. Although the album paints a bleak picture this song concludes with a positive hope in listeners. Maybe a comeback is on the verge in the Modern World In my opinion- Best album ever

Biography

Formed: 1988 in Berkeley, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Out of all the post-Nirvana alternative bands to break into the pop mainstream, Green Day were second only to Pearl Jam in terms of influence. At their core, Green Day were simply punk revivalists who recharged the energy of speedy, catchy three-chord punk-pop songs. Though their music wasn't particularly innovative, they brought the sound of late-'70s punk to a new, younger generation with Dookie, their 1994 major-label debut. Dookie sold over ten million copies, paving the way for a string of multi-platinum...
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