Green Day
21st Century Breakdown


3.0
good

Review

by Nicksta101 USER (7 Reviews)
March 29th, 2010 | 14 replies | 3,296 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Green Day’s storied career may end on a low note after their latest offering in concept form.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

After returning to the top of their genre and after their previous record American Idiot, the only sensible thing for them to do was hang up the guitars. But, they didn't. After the fuss of American Idiot blew over, the band headed back to the studio to record another concept album spanning three acts. There, 21st Century Breakdown was born. Was it worth the wait though?

No. 21st Century Breakdown spins out of control barely after it gets started. With a strong opening track to the forgettable "Know Your Enemy", you could say it's just a rough start for the album. "Know Your Enemy" isn't the worst track on the album though. If you dive in deeper you'll find "American Eulogy" which I would say is one of, if not the weakest song on the record. The story is nigh-on impossible to follow. The concept follows two protagonists who are mentioned way too much in the songs (Christian & Gloria) where their beliefs are opposites. Gloria is a girl who stands by what she believes in and seems to inject some good in the world. Christian however wants to destroy everything. The narrative makes no sense and a lot of the songs are just filler for the twinkling gems which are embedded in the third part of the album.

I want to make this plain; 21st Century Breakdown is a mediocre album at best. Not just musically but lyrically, it falls flat on its face. Lyrics found on one of the best songs on the album "Last of the American Girls" are some of the worst I've read: She is riding her bike/Like a fugitive of critical mass
There's more on the second single, “21 Guns”: Do you know what's worth fighting for/When it's not worth dying for?
Green Day has seemed to swim across a river of clichés and come out soaking wet with failure on the other side. That's another problem with Green Day, they caught politics. Bands like Rage Against The Machine and Rise Against have written songs about politics since the day they started but when Green Day try and get the political statement across, its message is lost in the madness they perform around. Or perhaps we've heard the same tired lyrics over and over again and have lost the inspiring effect that John Lennon was the master of.

But, as we've all albums- some songs are wonderful. "Christian's Inferno" is a straight-up punk rock song with loads of energy. "Last of the American Girls" is the strongest song in the second act, mostly because of the catchy tune which I can see being a popular choice for people to cover on YouTube. The third act is defiantly the best part of the album. It starts off with "American Eulogy" which is pretty bad and then hits you with the best song on the album, "The Static Age". Lyrically it's nothing special but Billy Joe Armstrong finally lets his voice loose, especially in the final chorus. "21 Guns" I liked a lot the first few times I listened to it and then I realised it sounds like a John Lennon rip-off and over-used lyrics. “See The Light” is a real treat to listen to. It begins with the same intro heard on the title track and then Billy Joe Armstrong delivers probably the best lyrics on the album. Sure, it has some simple lyrics but it’s mostly great. There emotion in this song which I can’t quite put my finger on, I think it’s sending out a glimmer of hope after the events of the story (therefore this song I think is from Gloria’s perspective). The catchy drum work found on “The Static Age” and “Horseshoes & Hand Grenades” carries over on “See The Light” and that teamed with the melodic guitars makes “See The Light” the strongest track on the album next to “The Static Age”.

21st Century Breakdown is a confused mess which somehow manages to rub off positively in some areas. Most of the album is forgettable sadly, the story is confused and Green Day’s ambitious concept album falls far short of the target. American Idiot has no fears of being overshadowed amazingly.

Recommended songs:
-21st Century Breakdown
-Before The Lobotomy
-Christian’s Inferno
-East Jesus Nowhere
-Last of the American Girls
-Horseshoes & Hand Grenades
-The Static Age
-See The Light



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    Iron Sputnik Episode 1 – Green Day Soufflé...

    Michael B. (2.5)
    Three-part symphony of insanity proves to be a game of two halves....

    DrEpic4181 (2.5)
    21st century breakdown is one of the stupidest albums ever made...

    Alexandra Caramelli (2.5)
    Another "punk rock opera" by Green Day laced with pianos and violins....

  • MartinBigg (5)
    Green Day's most ambitious album to date is here, but is it their best effort?...

    Dylan S. (3)
    This is exactly what you would expect from Green Day post-American Idiot...

    quesoboy88 (2)
    Nice melodies, but horrible lyrics, storytelling, and singing make 21st Century Breakdown ...

    megalodon (4)
    I don't remember the last time Pop-Punk sounded so good....

  • Nosferatwo (3)
    Green Day tries to recycle the formula, but misses the mark....

    Pedro B. (4)
    Green Day's real maturity album surmounts its flaws through sheer force of character....

    Adam Downer STAFF (2)
    Fantastically, Gloriously, Epically average....

    Ali CONTRIBUTOR (3.5)
    An album with plenty of flaws, but ultimately one that delivers....


Comments:Add a Comment 
BigHans
March 29th 2010



26455 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

About a third of this is brilliant (Static Age, Title Track, Viva La Glroia), most is average, and some is brutally bad. I throw it on from time to time but skip alot of the songs.

BigHans
March 29th 2010



26455 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I meant to add See the Light to the good songs.

JWT155
March 29th 2010



9220 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I like this album.

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
March 29th 2010



15893 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i don't think this is that bad either. the first 6 songs or so are really good.

Digging: Maybeshewill - Fair Youth

Knott-
Emeritus
March 29th 2010



10195 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

i dont understand what

review is like not a 3 at all

tiesthatbind
March 29th 2010



7373 Comments


Reads like a 2.5, but decent review.

Boognish3
March 29th 2010



264 Comments


Lower the rating and we'll do lunch

BigHans
March 29th 2010



26455 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Would be a pretty strong record if it was lowered to 10 or 11 songs.

Knott-
Emeritus
March 29th 2010



10195 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

also obviously album is not a 3 at all either but thats just common knowledge

PigDestroyer89
March 29th 2010



669 Comments


"Green Day has seemed to swim across a river of clichés and come out soaking wet with failure..." Hahaha this is enough for a pos

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
March 29th 2010



7326 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good review, everything about this album annoys the hell out of me - the concept, the lyrics, the ridiculous length - but every time I listen I can't help but enjoy it. It's still nothing on American Idiot though.

bloozclooz
March 29th 2010



1770 Comments


loved these guys back in 8th grade, though i think i only listened to them to fit in with the "cool" kids, i can't stand listening to it now

YouAreMySilence
March 29th 2010



3727 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

Just a stupid stupid group of musicians.

Zipzop5565
March 30th 2010



402 Comments


This review didn't sound like a 3



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