Green Day
21st Century Breakdown


2.5
average

Review

by DrEpic4181 USER (12 Reviews)
January 4th, 2011 | 20 replies | 4,170 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: 21st century breakdown is one of the stupidest albums ever made

1 of 7 thought this review was well written

So, by looking at that summary above, I am sure you think I am some kind of green-day-hater. I assure you, I am not. You see, this album really isn't bad at all. Why then, do I give it a 2? Because for the life of me, I have no idea why this album was made.

Im sure that that first paragraph got plenty of you fellow fans a little angry, and i can understand that. But what i say is true - This album does not do anything to further green day's career. it felt like all this time, we were building up to something. Dookie was a small masterpiece, Warning was an underrated album, american idiot changed our outlook on them; it just felt like something....spectacular was going to happen. Not a word was heard about the album up to its completion, and then it was hyped to no end. Look, don't get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with the album, from a musical standpoint, its just a letdown. A massive letdown. let me tell you why.


Let's take a step back to look at some green day songs....welcome to paradise. A song that really changed the game. Full of emotion, great, raw sound, and everybody knew it. From there, we went to songs like warning, with an interesting twist that drove a new sound. American idiot....Jesus of Suburbia. An epic, and while the album had a little more filler than i had hoped, It was still an accomplishment musically. I get absolutely no feeling of that here. Instead, i get a collection of mildly-alright songs that are being played on the radio nonstop. I don't want to keep saying it, the album is not bad, but the execution is. Have a look at East Jesus Nowhere, 21 Guns, and.....i guess last of the american girls. Now throw out the album. you have not missed anything. That is why I gave the album a 2/5....it's just pointless. Yes, when i walk down the street, I do once in a while put on 21 guns. Maybe east jesus nowhere. Pretty good songs. But, for 10 years, as i walk down the street i have been putting on songs like waiting, burnout, and other gems. I would have rather had a bad album period than this forgettable romp through "unexplored territory." You see, every time a concept album comes along, people randomly praise it, even though the music is severely lacking sometimes. And what is weird about this album is the music isnt EVEN LACKING, it's just got no passion soul, or any point at all. It's like they came up with an idea of what a great album is and let Billy Ray Cyrus take over the production, which is honestly a massive problem with the album. Not only is it overproduced, the songs have very strange, very tangy feels to them.

HOWEVER, my job is to review the album, and truth be told, its got some high's. Do you know your enemy is not a very good song, but after playing NHL 10, i realize its a pretty good sports song. Also, the guitarwork on here needs some love. It's still as good as ever, and while some may laugh at that remark, its damn good riffs. Also, the concept itself needs admiration. It's an ambitious project, and the whole "glam Apocalypse" vibe they have is pretty good. The music videos are fairly decent as well.

Look, it's all subjective. I'm sure die hard fans will be glad it's out. The whole problem i have with it is that it is an 18 song album with about 3 memorable tracks, and even then they cant hold a candle to an album like nimrod. The pitfall of this album is that it fails to connect with people, and the end result is just some hollow assembly line production feel.



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

    Nicksta101 (3)
    Green Day’s storied career may end on a low note after their latest offering in concept ...

    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 
Drsmith4
January 4th 2011



1696 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Why do you give it a 2? I don't know, because the score clearly says you gave it a 2.5.

Stupid album is very stupid, though. I'll agree with you on that one, brother.

deathofasalesman
January 4th 2011



5743 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Something I'm sure all of us have heard before. A surplus of ellipses and spelling/grammatical errors. Random Billy Ray Cyrus tag. Recommendations seem kind of random as well.

DrEpic4181
January 4th 2011



145 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

uh, what? I gave it a 2.5.

Also, im very new i just wanted to write some reviews :D

And i dont think the recommendations are random. Tommy is a concept album, american idiot is by the same band, and physical graffiti emulates the guitar tone.

DrEpic4181
January 4th 2011



145 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Im sorry haha

DrEpic4181
January 4th 2011



145 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

and whats an ellipses?

MUNGOLOID
January 4th 2011



4267 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

...

shrapnel
January 4th 2011



735 Comments


Why do you give it a 2? I don't know, because the score clearly says you gave it a 2.5.

Dr on Dr crime


DrEpic4181
January 4th 2011



145 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

can i get some tips on how to write better reviews?

Urinetrouble
January 4th 2011



5695 Comments


forgot this existed; i hate you for reminding me

electsigon
January 4th 2011



22 Comments


yes. proofread.
also, make more grammatical sense.

DrEpic4181
January 4th 2011



145 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

alright i will

foreverendeared
January 4th 2011



14678 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

"uh, what? I gave it a 2.5. "

read the first paragraph.

Re-take grades 1-6 in grammar, and while you're at it, capitalize your "i's"

DrEpic4181
January 4th 2011



145 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

sorry guys

DrEpic4181
January 4th 2011



145 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

sorry guys

climactic
January 4th 2011



17255 Comments


physical graffiti emulates the guitar tone.


excuse me?

WhiteNoise
January 5th 2011



2877 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album isn't even bad. The only real issue I have with it is the lyrics. I bet the next album is awesome though.

Digging: Eagulls - Eagulls

North0House
January 5th 2011



1764 Comments


Ah, don't hate on a brand new user cuz of his first review... Granted, it wasn't a great review. But still, cut the dude some slack.
But, I've never bothered listening to this album, nor have I listened to anything mainstream in a very long time... So yeah.

Tyrael
January 5th 2011



20394 Comments


Weird review. Album is average.

Digging: Lantlos - Melting Sun

EyeForAnEye
January 5th 2011



1677 Comments


Dr.ShittyReviews

wyankeif1337
January 5th 2011



6739 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

ignore the douchebags here. that being said, you do need to go over the grammar a lot.



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