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21st Century Breakdown

Released on 15 May 2009

Artist: Green Day

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  1. Song Of The Century - Act I Heroes And Cons
  2. 21st Century Breakdown
  3. Know Your Enemy
  4. ¡Viva La Gloria!
  5. Before The Lobotomy
  6. Christian's Inferno
  7. Last Night On Earth
  8. East Jesus Nowhere - Act II Charlatans And Saints
  9. Peacemaker
  10. Last Of The American Girls
  11. Murder City
  12. ?Viva La Gloria? (Little Girl)
  13. Restless Heart Syndrome
  14. Horseshoes And Handgrenades - Act III Horseshoes And Handgrenades
  15. The Static Age
  16. 21 Guns
  17. American Eulogy A) Mass Hysteria B) Modern World
  18. See The Light

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Arguably, the most anticipated release of 2009, 21st Century Breakdown is the eighth studio album from American punk-rock heroes Green Day. Following a string of commercial hits, the monumental success of 2004's groundbreaking 'American Idiot' secured the trio's place in rock history. Nearly five years in the making, the unenviable task of recording a follow-up to one of the most talked about albums of recent times has resulted in a passionate, bold and cut-throat release in the shape of 21st Century Breakdown.

Spearheaded by fiery single 'Know Your Enemy', 21st Century Breakdown tells the story of a young couple, Christian and Gloria, as they struggle through the promise and mess of the century so far. The album is divided into three acts - 'Heroes and Cons,' 'Charlatans and Saints' and 'Horseshoes and Handgrenades'.

With acclaimed producer Butch Vig (producer of Nirvana 's seminal masterpiece, 'Nevermind', among others) at the desk, 21st Century Breakdown is a sublime, ambitious rock album that meets every expectation. A rock opera of monumental proportions, the band have stated that Queen, The Clash and Bruce Springsteen have influenced this release, although the passionate vocal performance of Billie Joe Armstrong and the hugely distinctive driving rhythm section of Mike Dirnt and Tre Cool confirm that this is nothing but a stunning Green Day album.

21st Century Breakdown is also available in a Deluxe Edition.

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 Green Day A Dead!!!

| | See all blister99's reviews (1)

Just an all round bad album too many track most track sound very much the same terrible lyrics the list goes on. I think fans of older green day albums like Dookie or Nimrod (Over the age of 21) wont like this album. I dont no who to blame the record company or green day themselves but they seem to have given up on music and just want to make more money by makin there songs more mainstream and dressin like emo's. Time to hang up your eye shadow billyjoe.


| | See all BeatButton's reviews (2)

21st Century Breakdown actually suggests a breakdown to me. The writing seems to be 'better', but at the cost of losing the entire identity of the band. This album barely whispers punk, but screams politics. It was a massive mountain to climb after how good American idiot was but i'm so disappointed. Billie joe's voice is so nice for the slow songs but they make up most of the album and Mike and Tre are almost stood around twiddling their thumbs. Sure the rock kicks in half way through each song but most of the tracks are exactly the same. 'Know your enemy' is good and the most upbeat and '21 guns' has the potential to be an anthem, but they don't make up for the rest of the samey album. The songs individually are good and new fans will probably enjoy a song now and again but for older fans it's just not the Green Day we know and love. I don't know if they've gotten old and given up writing about awkward adolescence, drug imposed adventures or the irony of life but good music without innuendo's and tongue in cheek remarks is just anarchy without the rebellious fun. All i can say is better luck next time.


| | See all sevenseas's reviews (1)

There has been a lot of hype around this release and lots of opinions. I don't like the story telling side of Green Day, I couldn't really care less about the characters or acts which had me worried about this album. Especially as American Idiot was a good but over rated album. I have been listening to this online for a couple of weeks and thought it was brilliant, as a result I pre-ordered the album and it is so much better with a decent sound quality.

It starts off with 21st Century Breakdown which had me slightly worried. It begins with a really catchy chorus and just generally decent song, but then it cuts into almost completely different songs towards the end in a Jesus of Suburbia/Homecoming style which was a bit annoying. Nevertheless this is a decent start, I was just worried they'd continue in this fashion. 7.5/10
Know Your Enemy - Didn't particularly like it when it came out, it did grown on me but I still think its poor by Green Day standards. 7/10
!Viva La Gloria! - This changed my mood. Soft emotional song with strings and piano's, moving into a bit of typical Green Day emotion with the drums being destroyed (in a good way) and BJ almost shouting. 10/10
Before The Lobotomy - This follows on from Viva with a soft start. Similar song with different lyrics and worse second half of the song. 9/10
Christians Inferno - From what I've read, this is a very popular song. That surprises me, sounds like it should have been on The Network album. 7/10.
Last Night On Earth - When people complain of Green Day selling out, I'm sure this is what they mean. Sounds like a John Lennon type song, which I personally like. 8/10
East Jesus Nowhere - Fast paced, reminded me of some sort of Hitchin' A Ride/American Idiot mix, that defiantly worked! 10/10
Peacemaker - I read somewhere this sounds like a sped up version of Misery, it does. 9/10
Last Of The American Girls - I didn't originally like this song, but it's grown on me a lot. Doesn't sound like a new style Green Day song though, it's too happy and upbeat than we've seen from them for a while. 9/10
Murder City - This song reminds me of the old Green Day, as in Kerplunk or 1039! Great Song! 10/10
?Viva La Gloria? (Little Girl) - Another song that has grown on me. Feels like a Nimrod song. 8/10
Restless Heart Syndrome - This reminds me of Oasis, bit depressing/dreamy, but I guess if you're in a bad mood this is your song. 8/10
Horseshoes & Handgrenades - This is a song that gets you angry and wanting to smash things around. 9/10
Static Age - Bit of a letdown after the songs that have gone before it on the album. Very similar to Church on Sunday, so I suppose your views on whether that's a good song will help. 7/10
21 Guns - A lot of hype around this, next single? 10/10
American Eulogy - Divided up like Jesus of Suburbia and Homecoming and should have stayed on American Idiot. Not up to the high standards of this album.7/10
See The Light - Nice song to end on. Similar to other songs on the album as in it has the slow start and builds into a chant like chorus. 8/10
Overall, 9/10!

 Not impressed

| | See all funkydoodycool's reviews (41)

Having loved Green Day since the days of Dookie, and buying every album since, I consider myself a big fan. In various bands I've covered many of their songs, right up to a couple from American Idiot, and loved them. Even now, Dookie remains in my top 10 albums, and Basket Case still fills me up with emotion.

So why this atrocious mess of an album to follow the brilliant American Idiot? It was clear with AI that Green Day had chosen a new path to follow, but I don't understand how it led here. Like a collection of rejects from the previous album, there is nothing left here of the Green Day that once was. None of the songs particularly stand out, most of them are terribly derivative, and all of them are boring and uninspired.

I'm sure this album will appeal to some (from the reviews it clearly does) but Green Day were simply at their best before they started to have a "message".

 Dull Dull Dull !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

| | See all toolsoldier's reviews (1)

I totally agree with Blister 99, this album is one long song, it Meanders along with a sense of predictable inevitability, I have a been a longtime Green day fan, but this album has made me question my loyalty. In such cash strapped economic times, do youselves a favour and don't buy it, just listen to American Idiot and adjust the speed and Tadaaa, or for the purists go back to good old Dookie.

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