21st Century Breakdown (Explicit Version) CD (2009)

Artist: Green Day

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Green Day's long-awaited eighth studio album, entitled 21st Century Breakdown, has finally arrived. The album is the best-selling trio's first studio album since 2004's two-time Grammy Award-winning punk-rock opera American Idiot, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard chart, spawned five hit singles, and went on to sell more than 12 million copies worldwide.

21st Century Breakdown is divided into three acts: "Heroes and Cons," "Charlatans and Saints," and "Horseshoes and Handgrenades," and follows a young couple, Christian and Gloria, through the mess and promise of the century so far. Songs include "Know Your Enemy," "21 Guns," "East Jesus Nowhere," "Before the Lobotomy," and "Restless Heart Syndrome." In a recent feature, Rolling Stone called the album "even more ambitious than American Idiot" and "a record of die-hard punk ideals...tightly scripted, continually ascending classic-rock excitement."

Singer-guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong, bassist Mike Dirnt, and drummer Tre Cool have been at work writing, arranging, and recording 21st Century Breakdown since early 2006 and are currently making finishing touches with producer Butch Vig, who is known for his work with Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Garbage, and many others.


Label Warner/reprise/maverick
SKU 210958636
UPC 093624980216
UPC 14 00093624980216
Format CD
Release Date 5/15/2009
Author Green Day
Associated Artist/Work On, Pickin'
Associated Artist/Work U2
Technical Info
Engineer Chris Dugan; Brad Kobylczak; Andrew Schubert; Brad Townsend; Joe McGrath; Chris Dugan; Brad Kobylczak; Wesley Seidman; Nik Karpen; Andrew Schubert; Brad Townsend; Joe McGrath; Keith Armstrong
Producer Butch Vig; Green Day; Butch Vig
CatalogID 9362498021
Lable Name Warner Bros.
Released 05/15/2009
Original Release 2009
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 69m : 9s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00093624980216
Album Notes and Credits
Green Day: Billie Joe Armstrong (vocals, guitar, piano); Mike Dirnt (vocals, bass guitar); Tre Cool (drums, percussion).
Personnel: Jason Freese (piano).
Audio Mixer: Chris Lord-Alge.
Audio Remasterer: Ted Jensen.
Recording information: Costa Mesa Studio, Costa Mesa, CA; Jel Studios, Newport Beach, CA; Ocean Way Recording, Hollywood, CA; Studio 890, Oakland, CA.
Photographers: Chris Bilheimer; Marina Chavez.
Arranger: Tom Kitt.
Still enamored of the concept of the concept album more than four years after AMERICAN IDIOT, Green Day unveiled its rock-opera sequel, 21ST CENTURY BREAKDOWN, in 2009. Like its predecessor, BREAKDOWN wholeheartedly embraces the iconic punk-pop act's shift to a stadium-filling sound, while also remaining loyal to the San Francisco-based trio's progressive sociopolitical outlook. Even with a president in the White House that outspoken frontman Billie Joe Armstrong supports, he still finds plenty to rail against, with much of BREAKDOWN alluding to the earlier Bush years of the new millennium, particularly the surging, Queen-like title track.
Aiding Armstrong and his comrades in their sonic attack against conservative authority is renowned producer (and Garbage member) Butch Vig, best known for helming Nirvana's NEVERMIND. Completely in sync with Green Day's grand vision, Vig helps to create the huge spaces for the band to construct their anthems, as best heard on the resonant anti-war tune "21 Guns." Unabashedly unsubtle and lifted by passionate restlessness, BREAKDOWN succeeds as AMERICAN IDIOT Mark II, proving that Green Day has no intention of scaling back its intriguingly ambitious approach.
Professional Reviews
Spin (p.85) - "There's some stretching stylistically: Two different songs called 'Viva La Gloria!' open with piano, while the lush, mid-tempo 'Last Night on Earth' and 'Restless Heart Syndrome' ape mid-period Beatles..."
Entertainment Weekly (p.56) - "Give credit where thrashing, three-chord credit is due....No matter how arrested their style and subject matter, Green Day remain remarkably good at high-blast anthems that burrow directly into the pogo-ing, lizard-brain id." -- Grade: B
Billboard (p.34) - "The album is a call to arms for the digital age, and 20 years into its career, Green Day's ambition continues to dazzle."
Q (Magazine) (p.114) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Bold, ambitious and revelling in the chaos of our age, 21ST CENTURY BREAKDOWN is another perfect document of our times."
Record Collector (magazine) (p.132) - "Billie Joe Armstrong isn't afraid to spit out exactly what he's feeling, now matter how nihilistic..."
Disc 1
1 Song Of The Century
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
9 Peacemaker
10 Last Of The American Girls
11 Murder City
12 ¨Viva La Gloria?
13 Restless Heart Syndrome
14 Horseshoes And Handgrenades
15 Static Age, The
16 21 Guns
17 American Eulogy: A. Mass Hysteria/B. Modern World
18 See The Light
Product Attributes
Artist Green Day
Label Warner/reprise/maverick
Music Format Compact Disc
David Fricke, Rolling Stone Even more ambitious than American Idiot, 21st Century Breakdown is a record of diehard punk ideals and tightly scripted, continually ascending classic-rock excitement.
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