So it's no news anymore really that Green Day are back. There is, however, news in what they've come back with. A new album, a new story, a new masterpiece. Though I could quite possibly be the only person on the face of the earth who liked American Idiot, that does not deter from the weight of my next statement. I thought American Idiot would be the best record Green Day ever put out. I thought it was going to be their most mature effort, and the apex of their success. I was wrong. Dead wrong. Green Day has returned with a bigger, badder, louder, more aware album than American Idiot ever was. 21st Century Breakdown is a momentous success for Green Day, and for the world who will listen to it.
Green Day's sophomore effort at a concept album, 21st Century Breakdown tells the story of Christian and Gloria, two fictional revolutionaries in love through a series of three separate acts. An album commentary about the world as it was during Green Day's childhood, and as it is now, 21st Century Breakdown is not only one of the year's most anticipated albums, but it could quite possible be the Tommy, or The Dark Side of the Moon for my generation. A concept album so far unmatched in musicianship, maturity or dead awareness, 21st Century Breakdown is this year's masterpiece. Oh, and the artwork is amazing too, for any of you artists out there who care. Not only do I highly suggest getting your hands on a copy, I order it. Not since Nirvana's 1991 release of Nevermind has such an album had a chance at hitting hard all levels of society. (And a little fun fact so you KNOW this album is amazingly produced, Butch Vig, producer of Nirvana's Nevermind, and Smashing Pumpkins' Siamese Dream also produced this record). If you're a Green Day fan, or even if you're not, don't miss this amazing album. And I don't give a flying fuck what the radio stations or the tabloids say. It might take a month, or year, or two, but this album is going to be HUGE. Mark my words all, Green Day, whether you like it or not, are going to be the next band to be put up in that pantheon next to Led Zeppelin, The Who, and Black Sabbath. Not since Nirvana has a band been elevated to that sacred level (except maybe Pearl Jam), and Green Day are next.
Sounds Like: Blink-182, The Offspring, American Hi-Fi
Key Tracks from 21st Century Breakdown: "21st Century Breakdown," "Know Your Enemy," "21 Guns," "East Jesus Nowhere," "Last of the American Girls"
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