Green Day: 21st Century Breakdown

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2009

21st Century Breakdown was Green Day’s long awaited follow-up to their iconic album American Idiot from 2004. 21st Century Breakdown takes on the form of a rock opera as it’s predecessor did and interweaves personal narratives with modern (2009) strife. East Jesus Nowhere attacks fundamentalism, Know Your Enemy sings of knowing your target and setting your sights, Christians Inferno demonstrates the chaos brewing with religious ideologies in the modern age in a simple and poetic manner. I could go on but the point I want to make is that this album does carry a political edge in it’s veins unlike some people tend to think. From conversations I have had, I think it is commonly thought of that American Idiot was the only political album from this band but, that is far from the truth. This album definitely isn’t on the scale that American Idiot was but works well as a second rock opera. Songs like Know Your Enemy and 21 Guns are still fan favorites and I personally still think highly of songs like Christians Inferno, East Jesus Nowhere, Murder City, and The Static Age. While I wouldn’t quite put all of those songs on a greatest hits list, I think highly of them in the scope of this record. While 21st Century Breakdown isn’t one of the bands best albums, it definitely isn’t at the bottom of the totem pole. It’s a good album that gets lost in the mix of many great, iconic albums from this longstanding, iconic band.

1. Song of the Century   (3 stars)
2. 21st Century Breakdown  
(4.5 stars)
3. Know Your Enemy 
  (5 stars)
4. Viva La Gloria!  
(4 stars)
5. Before The Lobotomy  
(4 stars)
6. Christian’s Inferno  
(4.5 stars)
7. Last Night on Earth  
(4 stars)
8. East Jesus Nowhere  
(4.5 stars)
9. Peacemaker  
(4 stars)
10. Last of the American Girls  
(4 stars)
11. Murder City  
(4.5 stars)
12. Viva La Gloria  
(4 stars)
13. Restless Heart Syndrome  
(4.5 stars)
14. Horseshoes and Hand-grenades  
(4 stars)
15. The Static Age  
(4 stars)
16. 21 Guns  
(5 stars)
17. American Eulogy  
(4 stars)
18. See The Light  
(4 stars)

Grade: 83.89 (C)

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