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  • Audio CD (15 May 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Warner Bros
  • ASIN: B001SAQVDQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)
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Follow-up to the popular punk rock trio's critically acclaimed seventh studio album, 'American Idiot'. The record is divided into three acts: 'Heroes and Cons', 'Charlatans and Saints' and 'Horseshoes and Handgrenades', and follows the turbulent life of a young American couple named Gloria and Christian.

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Over three years in the making, 21st Century Breakdown is the answer to the question Green Day are stuck with--exactly how do you follow up a twelve million selling rock opera? With more of the same, of course, just like the Who used to do. To be honest, the narrative line is largely incoherent, following the story of starstruck young lovers Christian and Gloria (as in G-L-O-R-I-A) as they confront The Man in a predictably dystopian world. But though plenty of bands have recently resuscitated this long discredited form--The Mars Volta and the excellent, not dissimilar Thermals, to name but two--none can pack in so many decent tunes as Billie Jo Armstrong, Tre Cool and Mike Dirnt. Even as they approach middle age, they still sound trapped by their youth, whether it’s Armsrong describing himself (or maybe his character) as a child of the Nixon era or simply reviving the power-pop sound of Cheap Trick. Yet if the plot is murky, songs like single "Know Your Enemy", as reductive as AC/DC and as gleefully catchy as the latest Disney teen rock sensation, the shameless and resigned power ballad "21 Guns", "Before the Lobotomy", one part punk rock, one part melodramatic ballad, and the classic rock of the title track sound like radio staples on the very first hearing. Older listeners may be reminded of Husker Du’s equally impenetrable and ambitious song cycle Warehouse. But that was the work of a band actively seeking fans. 21st Century Breakdown is a wildly unfocussed collection seemingly set on confusing them. But it certainly features some great tunes.--Steve Jelbert

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First of all, please excuse the epic length of this review. I hope it will be worthwhile reading.
Green Day. The legendary trio of Tre, Mike & Billy Joe have been with me for fifteen years now and have made such an impact on my life. At the age of thirteen, I first listened to Dookie, after years of listening to what the radio told me to. Since then, I never looked back. Green Day were the gateway to so many more bands to me, and they're the reason why I've spent years and years of my life devoted to learning and mastering the guitar. I owe it all to Green Day.

On with the review:

As a die-hard fan of Green Day's first few albums (1039, Kerplunk, Dookie, Insomniac, Nimrod and Shennanigans), I was a little shocked by what I heard in Warning. At first listen, I felt that Green Day's raw element had died down, along with some of their spark. That being said, the album grew on me, more and more with every listen. I now like it as much as their older music. In my eyes, Warning was the first step in their evolution; but not necessarily what the die hard fans wanted to hear. Its riffs were more `bouncy' than anything else they'd written, and Billie-Joe had toned down the gain setting on his guitar.

So... They wrote American Idiot. Sure, it went against some of their `ideals', and people claimed that they sold out. Not true. What Green Day did with American idiot was appease themselves, the die-hard fans and the new, potential fans. They wrote a masterpiece of an album that stuck to their roots, but incorporated some of their newer, more light-hearted material. A huge success.

And finally, to the present. 21st Century Breakdown. I first heard `Know Your Enemy' on the radio a couple of weeks ago.
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4 and a half years after American Idiot first came out, Green Day have finally released a new album. Having been a big fan since American Idiot introduced me to the band, and having subsequently gone on to purchase all their past albums I was not knowing what to really expect from this latest album. American Idiot was a hard act to follow, but I can say, at least in my opinion that the band have produced a more than worthy follow up to that amazing album.

This is another rock opera, split into 3 parts and follows the story of a young couple trying to make sense of the century so far, hence the title. The political and social commentary present on American Idiot is still here, with focus on post-Bush America, modern America and the world as a whole today. The 2 lovers represent different, personalities, ideals and viewpoints, and this comes across quite well after a few listens to the songs and a look at the lyrics.

The songs on this album are quite varied and on first listen through you're not quite sure what to expect next. I would say that it may take a few listen throughs to fully appreciate it, but it's certainly a great album that I would recommend to any Green Day fan and anyone who fancies something a bit different. Have a listen to a few of the album's songs and I'm sure you'll want to give it a chance. Green Day have gradually matured throughout their careers and they have again taken a chance and done something different, and I think it's paid off.

Overall this album was worth the wait for me. There has clearly been a lot of effort put into the production of it and it shows. 21st Century Breakdown is a fantastic album and more than a worthy follow up to American Idiot.
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Ever since American Idiot, Green Day have often tried to replicate the success of their hugely popular rock opera. Their latest release was in the form of the back-to-back album trilogy, Uno, Dos and Tre which boasted some great songs on each album but was let down by some toned down middle of the road songs that lacked the punky edge the band had on many of their early albums. 21st Century Breakdown was released five years after American Idiot and the band were still riding on the success of that album and wanted to capitalised on its success. This album is pretty much 'American Idiot II' in its pompous delivery and bloated length (18 tracks in total). It's by no means a bad album and I still go back to it many times as it has some fantastic songs ('East Jesus Nowhere' and '21 Guns' are some of the best the band have put out lately). Billie Joe Armstrong's vocals and guitar melodies still remain impressive and Mike Dirnt and Tre Cool offer great support as well. However, many tracks just come off as forgettable and you overlook them after listening to them. It's an ambitious album that should be given a listen if you're a Green Day fan (especially if you love American Idiot) but don't go in expecting this to be on par with it or any of their early albums like Dookie or Warning. Still better than Uno, Dos and Tre though.
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It amazes me when people bash bands like Green Day. Any rock band that attempts to do something a bit different, to grow, to embrace new ideas, seems to end up crucified (an apt metaphore) by their long term fans and beloved by new ones. Is it REALLY so bad that a band like GD want to step out of the slacker pop-punk mold they've peddled (superbly) throughout the 90's and early noughties to become something a little more? These people are in their late 30's, for god's sake!

Anyway, they tried to do this with the rather good 'American Idiot' and were lambasted/applauded for it. The album was a great mix of the insanely catchy pop-punk songs that we've come to love with an often unintelligable rock-opera about Jesus of Suburbia/St. Jimmy. If you pushed the story to one side (only slightly) and focused on the music, you were left with an often thrilling album that seemed a logical step forward for the group. Good times. It would seem silly to follow this grand-ideas album with something closer to pre-'...Idiot' GD (which is kind of what they did with the shallow but loveable Foxboro Hot Tubs), so '21st Century Breakdown' is definitely the natural follow up. Still growth, but continuing with the theme set previously. See! Stagnant growth. I knew it would make sense.

Anyway, the album is broken into 3 acts. Ignoring the pointless 'Song of the Century', 'Heroes and Cons' kicks off the album with the well named '21st Century Breakdown', a song bristling with Springsteen-lite stadium fodder. Great start. 'Know Your Enemy', I'll admit, I don't like, but it is catchy as hell and I can see why they've released it. 'Viva la Gloria' starts as a nice piano-led ballad before bursting into the kind of GD tune that they used to write in the Nimrod days...
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