Review: Green Day, ’21st Century Breakdown’

Green Day, ’21st Century Breakdown’: Aidin Vaziri | It’s split into three acts and, like all good concept albums, has an impossible-to-follow plot. That’s easy enough to ignore because the music is amazingly radio-friendly, with each tune matching the band’s standard over-the-counter rebellion (“I’m not f- around!” sings Billy Joe Armstrong) with full-blown stadium FX. “Viva la Gloria!” sounds like Linkin Park trying its hand at “Candle in the Wind,” “Restless Heart Syndrome” makes the argument that Oasis’ “Champagne Supernova” would sound better sung in a cracked falsetto with a smidgen of “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy,” and the title track is a bit like Meat Loaf getting tossed into a mosh pit. Mostly, though, it just sounds like Green Day plus a billion dollars. Continue reading.

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