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|Posted: Tue Mar 24, 2009 7:46 pm Post subject: Green Day : "21st Century Breakdown"
|So, I'm at the shop today and a kid is all excited, telling me about how he downloaded a leaked mp3 of Green day's new single, "21st Century Breakdown" (from the forthcoming album of the same name). He had it on his MP3 player, so I gave it a listen :
Ok, first, it's another 7:00 minute Green day song, which is, honestly, an inane concept in general. If you're familiar with their last record (the ridiculously over-rated "American idiot"), you'll know that it had 2 "epic" songs which were simply a handful of shorter songs and unfinished ideas sloppily edited together. They hoped that the length alone would fool people into thinking they were "deep" and "epic", and, for the most part, it apparently worked.
That said, it's the same here. Seriously, it bounces between bits with NO transitions at all, and it's terrible. It starts out sounding like a poor man's Bruce Springsteen, with twinkling piano, then falls into mid-tempo, watered down Weezer territory (completely with "ooooooo" backing vox), then jumps abruptly into a section that sounds similar to the band's song "Minority", with it's marching beat and stutter-step vocal line, and then abruptly shifts gears into what can only be described as "God Gave Rock and Roll to you" Lite.
Seriously, it's a fucking train wreck. My only hope is that, as usual with Green day, it TANKS. They have an "every other album" history : "Dookie" was huge, "Insomniac" was a disappointment, "Nimrod" was ginormous, "Warning" was a flop, and "American idiot" was one of the biggest records of that year. I can only hope that the trend continues, or that this is, BY FAR, the weakest tune on the record.
Green Day, when writing short, catchy, poppy, 3-chord pop-punk/power-pop songs, are great, absolutely untouchable. This whole Wanna-be-Who trip that they're on, though, simply does nothing but show off the short-comings on the band. Billie Joe ISN'T a Roger daltry level vocalist, and the band simply doesn't know how to write a truly "epic" song. As I wrote, they only know how to jam a pile of short tunes/pieces together listlessly, making for a disjointed experience for the listener.
I have a feeling that I'll get a promo of this passed my way sometime in the next couple of weeks, and, when I do, I'll make a point to write a review of it. That said, I'm honestly not expecting much.
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