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Green Day 

21st Century Breakdown (Reprise)

After the success of American Idiot, who can blame Green Day, once the little punk band that could, for envisioning grander schemes and wanting to create another punk opera? But 21st Century Breakdown is no American Idiot; suffering most notably is the relative dearth of solid musical ideas. Sure, there are great songs here ("Know your Enemy") and parts of songs ("Before the Lobotomy,") but there are many regressive ballad moments that unflatteringly reveal the limitations of Billie Joe's voice even when Auto-Tuned to characterless perfection. It's politically astute and prescient, but it'll make you wish the band would stick to what it knows best.

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