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Green Day's Album: 21st Century Breakdown

Green Day's 8th studio album

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Possibly one of the must-haves of far.

  • May 26, 2009
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Let me start off my saying this: Before this album, I was never a Green Day fan, not really. Sure I had Dookie and liked it, but doesnt everyone have Dookie? I liked select songs here and there, but that was about it. When American Idiot came along I thought it was a cool idea, but an "ehhh" album, though I adore She's A Rebel and St Jimmy.
As the release date for 21st Century Breakdown rolled around, I felt compelled to buy the album the day it came out. Typically I dont do this unless I really adore the band, but from what i heard of the album [about 30 seconds of Know Your Enemy] it was gonna be good.

I was not disappointed.

I can't tell an old school Green Day fan that they will love this if they insist on returning to their stuff prior to Warning. I do think that Green day has moved past their pop punk days and now they are simply a Rock band. 

The album opens up strong, and even though the album is split almost equally between energetic jumping up and down type of songs and cell phone up slow songs, it works.

However, this album does have its drawbacks. It has a tendency to drag a bit, it being 18 tracks long and over an hour long, this is none too surprising. By the time you hit American Eulogy, it sounds more like a closing number, but there is still a final song following that. 

Overall, this album is worth buying [or pirating, if you must.] though the uptight Green day fans may want to consider listening to it with an open mind, and quit bitching about how they're not punk anymore :)

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review by . July 11, 2010
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Green Day has always been telling stories with their music, and their newest album 21st Century Breakdown doesn't break the trend. It tells the tale of two people, Gloria and Christian. But storytelling aside, the music delivers in standard Green Day form. In your face, memorable, and thought inducing. The lyrics of Know Your Enemy were written to be chanted by the masses, and the instrumentals behind it are simple yet elegant, one of Green Day's trademark features. Horseshoes and Hand-grenades …
review by . May 15, 2009
Green Day has officially released '21st Century Breakdown,' the followup to 2004's 'American Idiot,' and it is was definitely worth the five year wait.     I've been a Green Day fanatic since 1994 and have watched the band's songwriting skills improve from album to album. Now in their late 30's, Green Day has made the best record of their career  … and if I'm saying it … it has to be true!     On '21st Century Breakdown,'' no two songs sound alike. From …
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Ever since I first heard this album, I have been searching for words that can even describe it. At this time, I am still searching.       This album is simply incredible and makes me believe that Green Day really will be around for decades to come. Part of me does not want them to become a band like the Rolling Stones that tour and tour until they can't tour anymore, but part of me does. And with this album, all of me now believes that they will be that kind of band. What is …
review by . June 03, 2009
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The Punk trio's long-awaited eighth studio album was released on May 15, 2009. The album is their first studio album since 2004's two-time Grammy Award-winning Punk Rock opera American Idiot, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard chart, generated five hit singles, and went on to sell more than 12 million copies worldwide. 21st Century Breakdown is divided into three acts: "Heroes and Cons," "Charlatans and Saints," and "Horseshoes and Handgrenades." It follows a young couple, Christian and Gloria, through the mess and promise of the century so far.

Track Listing:

1. Song of the Century

2. 21st Century Breakdown

3. Know Your Enemy

4. ¡Viva La Gloria!

5. Before the Lobotomy

6. Christian's Inferno

7. Last Night on Earth

8. East Jesus Nowhere

9. Peacemaker

10. Last of the American Girls

11. Murder City

12. ¿Viva La Gloria? [Little Girl]

13. Restless Heart Syndrome

14. Horseshoes and Handgrenades

15. The Static Age

16. 21 Guns

17. American Eulogy: A. Mass Hysteria/B. Modern World

18. See the Light

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Artist: Green Day
Album: 21st Century Breakdown

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