20 Songs, 1 Hour 19 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The two completely unstoppable numbers here 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). “Last of the American Girls” pulls heartstrings, while the punk rock psalm “East Jesus Nowhere” burns the suburban confessional down.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The two completely unstoppable numbers here 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). “Last of the American Girls” pulls heartstrings, while the punk rock psalm “East Jesus Nowhere” burns the suburban confessional down.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.
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Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
9.1K Ratings

9.1K Ratings

Monicaaaaa<3 ,

Amazingly surprising.

Obviously, nothing could live up to the well known GD album, 'American Idiot'...but I must admit that 'The 21st Century Breakdown is a amazingly surprising follow-up! Altogether, I can't stop listening to it. Can't wait to see this show in concert. XD Click if you AGREE.

mEtaLlisOx ,

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.

Silence at the Dawn ,

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

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