Green Day
21st Century Breakdown


2.0
poor

Review

by quesoboy88 USER (1 Reviews)
May 31st, 2009 | 32 replies | 3,104 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Nice melodies, but horrible lyrics, storytelling, and singing make 21st Century Breakdown a dissappointment for Green Day fans.

2 of 4 thought this review was well written

Tragic. If I were to use one word to describe the album then that is the word I would choose. 21st Century Breakdown is Green Day's second attempt at a rock-opera type concept album...attempt being the key word.
After American Idiot (which I truly enjoyed) I must admit that I was looking forward to this album, however I had a fear that after something as monumentally good as American Idiot was it would be the band's downfall. Unfortunetly my fear has come true. The main problem with this album, though, is that Green Day tried too hard to surpass themselves. The storyline seems a bit like it was thrown together like 2 days before the release of the album and the entire album seems rushed (even though it clocks in at just under 70 minutes).

Musicality- Overall, it's just not too impressive. To be perfectly honest the music playing in the background of most of the songs sounds like they were taken from American Idiot and remixed only slightly (maybe altering 1 or 2 notes) to create a "new" sound to the songs in Breakdown. A few of the songs did feature some good accellerandos (which means gradual speed ups for those who don't speak technical music), but others simply featured a slow section followed by Tre Cool pounding on a cymbol or drum a few times and suddenly blasting some guitar riffs into the listeners ear...NOT SUBTLE AT ALL!!! However the ones that did perform a form of gradual introduction to speed pulled it off nicely. Some of the solos were decent, but then again Green Day has never been known for their "amazing" solos. Vocal-wise I'm not quite sure how to describe it. Billy Joe did something to his voice on a vast majority of the songs and he sounds distorted and odd...like a high-pitched version of himself which just does not sound good at all. Really he only sounded "normal" on maybe a grand total of 4 of the 18 songs so I'm not quite sure what exactly was up with that....

Songs- This is the part I was most dissappointed by- if you're writing a concept album (in the form of a rock opera especially) the point is to tell a story through your lyrics. Well, what worked in American Idiot again fails in Breakdown. I literally turned the album off only coming away with a few character names and a lot of fire mentioned....I had to look up the story on the internet...and still was not impressed (it's really not even worth explaining in this review). I just feel that if I had to go to that extreme to understand what they were trying to say they may have needed another 4 years to write some better lyrics. Normally I don't go with the singles that are released to radio stations because then they typically get overplayed, but "Know Your Enemy" was by-far the most Green Day-esque track on the entire album- Billy Joe sang normal without his little distortion thing and the song overall sounded like it was coming from American Idiot rather than Breakdown. Other songs on the album had nice melodies that Billy Joe belted out, but the lyrics really didn't work for the melodies...and that just doesnt even make sense!

Conclusion- A major major major dissappointment. Green Day I think has reached the point in their career where they just throw stuff out so it'll sell and make money, and that makes me sad. It took them 4 years to "plan" this album, so I expected so much more. One things for sure: if they make another album I will lower my bar for them way way down. Overall I would have to say that if you have an interest in this album don't go out and buy it new. Get it either on sale (if you just have to have it "new") or get it used from a cheap music store, or even a yard sale.


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Comments:Add a Comment 
Douchebag
May 31st 2009



3624 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I have to say I disagree.
Billie's singing is far more impressive than ever before, the music is nothing like AI, since when did that album have songs like Viva La Gloria and Last night on earth?

also, who said they had to be subtle? it's fun knowing that that the songs are about to explode.

Each to their own though, review was a bit short.

mutatedfreek
May 31st 2009



7351 Comments


so I heard that Alligator likes this album.


when_darkness_falls
May 31st 2009



107 Comments


Good review, but I have to say I disagree. I really enjoyed this album. I didn't feel it had the songs of American Idiot (as in the songs that would be remembered) but I felt it was as a whole a better album.

Other than that, though, your review is really good. I like the way you sum up what you're saying without going on and on and that's really good. Don't take my word for it though, because I'm fast becoming the most hated person on this site. I for one thought your review was short and to the point, but very succinct in its conclusion. Cheers.

Knott-
Emeritus
May 31st 2009



10193 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

One things for sure: if they make another album I will lower my bar for them way way down.


This pretty much sums it up.

gaslightanthem
May 31st 2009



5209 Comments


Band should have quit while they were ahead

ConorMichaelJoseph
May 31st 2009



1870 Comments


In that case they should have given up 15 years ago, the last time they put out a decent album

Phantom
May 31st 2009



8930 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Hmmmmmm

gaslightanthem
May 31st 2009



5209 Comments


American Idiot was ok although not the 'best album ever' user Alligator believes it to be

ConorMichaelJoseph
May 31st 2009



1870 Comments


But at the same time to say American Idiot is better than this isn't really saying much

Douchebag
May 31st 2009



3624 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"American Idiot was ok although not the 'best album ever' user Alligator believes it to be"

that album got me into music, and so I always have a special place for it jeez.

myhigherpie
May 31st 2009



3027 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

alligator, you will look back upon these threads 6 months from now and wonder, just how in hell you ever enjoyed american idiot as much as you had.

gaslightanthem
May 31st 2009



5209 Comments


Britney Spears 'Baby One More Time' got me into music it doesn't mean I think it is the best album ever in the world ever I can listen to it and only it every fucking day ever

Knott-
Emeritus
May 31st 2009



10193 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

^ same with some shit Steps album, and very true.

Douglas
June 1st 2009



8984 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

5 6 7 8, a boot scootin baby....

Thats the one i bet.

Douchebag
June 1st 2009



3624 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"alligator, you will look back upon these threads 6 months from now and wonder, just how in hell you ever enjoyed american idiot as much as you had."

eh? I still enjoy it since 4 years ago or so when I first heard it. I've moved on to other music but It's always fun to go back to, is that a crime!?

ninjuice
June 1st 2009



6758 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

myhigherpie is saying hopefully you'll find better music and realize it isn't one of the best albums ever. Not even close.
Smash Mouth were one of my favorite bands back in the day. Do I give Astro Lounge a 5? Definitely not. I'm not trying to be dick, I'm just saying you don't seem to be using the site to find new music.

The review was ok. Not that good, but ok.

ReturnToRock
June 1st 2009



3448 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

good review, especially for a first. liked the format.

i disagree with you on every count, though.

Douchebag
June 1st 2009



3624 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

it basically means that that album made me pick up a guitar, made me search for other bands, form a band, and basically make music my number 1 interest. before I may of had like a few Linkin Park CD's lol.

StrizzMatik
June 1st 2009



3158 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

the music is nothing like AI

Dude, you're a musician and you can't hear the blatant musical similarities between the two? How about that "!Viva La Gloria!" is a virtual carbon copy of "Letterbomb"? Or how "Restless Heart Syndrome" follows the same exact formula of "Blvd. Of Broken Dreams"? Or the fact that it's a rock opera just like American Idiot? Or the song-suite of the title track being just like "Jesus Of Suburbia" or "Homecoming"? Train that ear bro.

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
June 1st 2009



7224 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

good review but i thought this was alright



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