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100-Word Review: Green Day’s 21st Century Breakdown

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21st Century Breakdown is no American Idiot…but that’s really praising with a faint damn, as Idiot is my favorite album of this century so far, and Breakdown is certainly a worthy follow-up. Breakdown may not be as musically cohesive as Idiot, but that’s on purpose: more songs here venture into new territory and incorporate different styles and genres (though always maintaining vintage Green Day punk-pop sensibilities). Billie Joe Armstrong‘s gift for catchy pop melodies — still among the strongest in the business — shines throughout these 18 songs, most notably on the title song, “Know Your Enemy”, “Peacemaker” and “21 Guns.”

Grade: A

(Apparently I should note the fact the illustration above was indeed by me — seems that wasn’t obvious at first, which I totally take as a compliment!)

Written by Allen

May 18th, 2009 at 11:35 am