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Green Day's Album: 21st Century Breakdown

Green Day's 8th studio album

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Green Day is Still Rising as it has a 21st Century Breakdown!

  • Jun 3, 2009
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Green Day and The Offspring.  Two bands that I grew up with equally, yet one I can still bear to listen to and the other...well the words sellout and untalented come to mind.  Unlike Green Day, The Offspring just don't know how to make albums anymore.  Sure their CDs will have about one catchy song on them each, but the rest of the album has to do that as well and they just don't.  They were just never able to make anything decent after Smash.  Green Day, a band who has been around since the late 80's just don't stop making good music and 21st Century Breakdown proves just that.

Sure, I wasn't the biggest fan of Nimrod or Warning and I have to admit that I didn't even know that Insomniac existed, but when American Idiot came out, my faith was rejuvenated in the band.  After  Nimrod, they had really fallen of the radar for a while, but American Idiot came out at the perfect time when the country was in a bad place and an album like it was necessary.  Now, while our country is still in a bad, if not worse place, Green Day comes out with an album that tells that story in a fun upbeat way.

Tracks like 'Know Your Enemy", "!Viva La Gloria!" (my favorite song on the album) and "21st Century Breakdown" will have you banging your head, having a good time.  Then you have tracks like "Christians Inferno" and East Jesus Nowhere" making you look to the past with great Arena Rock type ballads.  'East Jesus Nowhere" actually reminds me a lot of old school Offspring and has a little touch of Marilyn Manson in there, it's a great heavy rock song that has some darker tones to it.

Then you have great old school Green Day rock songs like "Horseshoes and Hand Grenades" that takes you back to Dookie a little bit.  It has a nice grunge feel to it, with a few of those familiar F-bombs Billy Joe likes to throw around.  It has some great lyrics to, all subjects of what the world might come too; a lot of themes about anarchy.  Just a great song.  21st Century Breakdown also benefits from some slow songs like "Before the Lobotomy" and "Last Night on Earth" the same way American Idiot benefited from "Wake Me Up Before September Ends" which is quite possibly one of the saddest songs out there today.  After you listen to "Before the Lobotomy" a couple of times, you'll figure out that it is a very catchy song to sing along to.

Green Day has made me happy again with another wonderful album.  For an industry that hasn't been all that creative lately, Green Day just keeps trotting along, doing what they do best and that's making music.  If you are a fan of American Idiot, then you will love 21st Century Breakdown.  This is a most own album for any true Green Day fan!  5/5.     
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June 03, 2009
Nice Review! I have really been enjoying these songs and like you cannot stand the Offspring 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 …
review by . May 20, 2009
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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 . May 26, 2009
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 …
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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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