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Green Day's Album: 21st Century Breakdown

Green Day's 8th studio album

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Green Day's Best Record

  • May 15, 2009
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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 the beautifully constructed ballads ("21 Guns", "Restless Heart Syndrome") to some of Green Day's hardest material to date ("Horseshoes and Handgrenades,"" Christian's Inferno"), there is something for everyone on '21CB.'

Another exciting change on this record comes from singer Billie Joe Armstrong's vocal capabilities. Instead of singing every song in his infamous ‘punk' voice, Armstrong uses a melodic tone from time to time, WHILE even hitting a few falsetto notes. We've heard Armstrong belt out some beautiful notes before ("Rest," "Time of Your Life," "Wake Me Up When September Ends"), but on '21CB,' you truly discover just how fantastic his voice really is.

A wonderful surprise on '21CB' comes from the song "American Eulogy" … A two-part song that features two verses sung entirely by bassist Mike Dirnt. Until now, lead vocals by Dirnt have been few and far between on Green Day songs ("Outsider," "Homecoming").  Did you know that Dirnt wrote the lyrics to some of Green Day's best songs ("J.A.R.," "Emenius Sleepus")? Armstrong mentioned in the current issue of Rolling Stone (with Green Day on the cover) that he wants Dirnt to contribute more of his writings to future Green Day songs.

I could go on forever about '21CB,' but I'd rather stop here and let you pick up the record. While American Idiot was a concept record, '21CB' is more a diary of the current state of our country (Post-Bush), seen through the eyes of two characters, Christian and Gloria. Not interested in politics? Don't worry. Armstrong is a lyrical genius and has once again written songs that you can relate to your personal life in one way or another.

This phenomenal record proves that Green Day will be around for another 20 years … if not longer!!

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May 18, 2009
I just heard "Know Your Enemy" and it reminded me of the Green Day I used to love! Ahhh...memories- thanks for the review!
May 15, 2009
Great review DJ! I love Green Day as well, so I am definitely going to have to pick this up :) Keep it coming with the reviews!
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review by . July 11, 2010
posted in Music Matters
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 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 …
review by . June 03, 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 …
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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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