It’s hard to believe that almost five years have passed since “American Idiot” cemented Green Day’s status as one of those “career” bands. At this point, the only two 90s bands that stand above Green Day in terms of influence are Nirvana and Pearl Jam, and for obvious reasons, only PJ has lasted longer.

“Idiot”‘s follow up is entitled “21st Century Breakdown”, and it follows in its’ predecessor’s footsteps by having a narrative arc (I’m not gonna say “rock opera” no matter how much you pay me). First single “Know Your Enemy” is fairly typical Green Day. It could have been a track off of any of their albums, which isn’t a slam at all. With a melody that sticks in your head and lyrics that are sure to be sung along with all summer long, Billie Joe and company score another slam dunk.

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