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21st Century Breakdown (Deluxe Version)

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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.

"21st Century Breakdown" is Green Day's Best Album Yet.

With 21st Century Breakdown, Green Day charge further on in their quest to be the best live band (maybe best band period) in the world. Simple verdict? Pure rock n’ roll gold.  Do not judge the album based off the first single, “Know Your Enemy” which in the opinion of this reviewer, is the album's weakest song (and a less-than-wise choice for the first single; any other single perhaps would have better demonstrated their growth right away).  The other 17 tracks are incredible, fun, and yes, inspiring.  Covering issues such as social class, hypocrisy of religion, media brainwashing, consumerism, and over-dependence on technology (to name a few), this is Green Day’s firm foot in the door of great rock bands.  Taking cues from The Who, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, and even Queen, this album has some sharp teeth (and open arms as well).  Dookie (1994) was their breakthrough. American Idiot (2004) was their revival.  21st Century Breakdown is their best album thus far; a battle cry for “the class of ‘13” and everyone else among our generation as we struggle to pick up the pieces of the wreckage left behind by our former presidential administration.  It's a plea for urgency, and a warning to their fellow Americans not to put all of our faith in Barack Obama; the job is still up to us. Well done, Green Day. See you at MSG in July.

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


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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