Key To Music Grades

A - You will never be whole without it
B - Highly recommended
C - Flawed, but still pretty good
D - It's your money, not mine
F - Why couldn't this have been burned in Fahrenheit 451?

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Green Day - 21st Century Breakdown (2009)

How do you follow up the only remarkable album of your musical career? Allow me to relay a story I read on the internets:

There was an old man, a boy and a donkey. They were going to town and it was decided that the boy should ride. As they went along they passed some people who thought that it was a shame for the boy to ride and the old man to walk. The old man and boy decided that maybe the critics were right so they changed positions. Later, they passed some more people who thought that it was a real shame for that man to make such a small boy walk. The two decided that maybe they should both walk. Soon they passed some people who thought that it was stupid to walk when they had a donkey to ride. The man and the boy decided maybe the best thing would be for them both to ride the donkey. Soon, they passed a group who thought that it was a shame to put such a load on a poor helpless animal. The old man and the boy decided that maybe the critics were right so they decided to carry the donkey. As they crossed a bridge, they lost their grip on the animal and he fell into the river and drowned.

The moral of the story: If you try to please everyone, you will eventually lose your ass!



Jeff said...

Interesting take on the review, lol. I still haven't heard anything on this album other than that horiffic single. I think Dookie was their best album, and I liked American Idiot, but the rest of their work far from fantastic. I had pretty low expectations for this album considering the critical acclaim of American Idiot and essentially figured they would try to do more of the same thing, and from the likes of the review, it looks like that's the case. One day I'll actually take a listen to it, but this review just gave me more reasons not to.

The Mad Hatter said...

I kind of thought Dookie was okay, but never forgave them the subsequent ten years of repeats from it. American Idiot, while still not a brilliant album, was pretty solid. This album is a rock opera gone very very bad. It just stinks.

Barbara(aka Layla) said...

I have it but have not listened to it much yet.....

Master Cianan said...

Nice parable. You oughta be a rabbi. I've only heard the single thus far, and it was pretty awful. I can't imagine the rest is any better. I didn't think American Idiot was all that. Dookie was kind of fun when I was in high school. Uh, why are these guys still doing this?

Starrlight said...

To each their own as always in music. I like the new album. Then again I like all of their albums.

The Mad Hatter said...


I guess if you like all of them, that makes sense. There's a few flourishes here and there that catch my ear, but it all sounded pretty blah for the most part.

Perplexio said...

LOL! Excellent review.

I was so underwhelmed by this album that it was overwhelming... if that makes any sense.

The Mad Hatter said...


Actually, that makes perfect sense. I kind of wish I made that my review now.