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YMMV / 21st Century Breakdown

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  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Is Christian a righteous soul who is fighting for the common man, or a Well-Intentioned Extremist who needs to gain more control over his inner demons. If one only looks at "Peacemaker" and "East Jesus Nowhere", one could go with the latter, but in the other songs he seems more sympathetic.
  • Awesome Music: "21 Guns," "Know Your Enemy," "East Jesus Nowhere.", "Little Girl" and "Restless Heart Syndrome".
    • What? No love for "Static Age?"
    • "Viva La Gloria", anyone?
      • How has the epic American Eulogy not been mentioned?
      • Or the amazing Peacemaker?
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    • The ending of "Last Night On Earth" absolutely never fails to give chills. Especially given that it comes right on the heels of the certifiably insane "Christian's Inferno," and closes act 1 of the album.
  • Broken Base: Some love Green Day for continuing their political opera style, while others hate it.
  • Contested Sequel: Is it better, as good, or not as good as American Idiot? People have a hard time deciding.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
  • Meaningless Meaningful Words: Tons. "American Eulogy" is nothing but this.
    I want to take a walk to the great divide
    Beyond the up-to-date and the neo-gentrified
    The high-definition for the low resident
    Where the value of your mind is not held in contempt
    • "East Jesus Nowhere" may be an even worse offender, once you get past the blatant iconoclasm.
      A fire burns today
      Of blasphemy and genocide
      The sirens of decay
      Will infiltrate the faith fanatics
    • “Peacemaker” gets this treatment on occasion, too.
      Vendetta, sweet vendetta
      This Beretta of the night
      This fire, and the desire
      Shots ringing out like a holy parasite
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: People have noticed the similarity between the chorus of "21 Guns" and, of all things, "Route 209" from Pokémon. For examples predating Pokémon, the chorus also sounds suspiciously similar to those of "All the Young Dudes" and ELO's "Telephone Line".
  • Tear Jerker:
    • "21 Guns".
    • If "Song of the Century" isn't the most heartrending opening track on an album ever recorded, I don't know what is.
    • "See the Light" closes the story with an anthem of uncertainty and frustration.
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  • Tough Act to Follow: On the receiving end of one from American Idiot.