The knock on Dookie-era Green Day was that they were bratty and immature — and they were, and it was great. Then they went dark on 1995’s Insomniac and, later, something like grown-up on 2000’s Warning — and those albums were great. Unfortunately, but unsurprisingly, the six songs that leaked today and are destined for the forthcoming 21st Century Breakdown carry on Green Day’s late American Idiot style, which embodies another kind of immaturity all together: that of the know-it-all teen. The musical strengths of these songs — mostly catchy choruses, energy-packed tones — collapse under the weight of Billie Joe Armstrong’s ardent rebellious nonsense (“Know Your Enemy”) and sneering references to religion (“East Jesus Nowhere”). We don’t even know if it’s supposed to be another rock opera, and we can hardly stand the self-importance. Perhaps worst of all, we suspect that the bullshit about the band “selling out” the nineties East Bay scene might have actually gotten to Billie Joe years later, when he decided to really become a “punk.”
Most Viewed Stories
The Real Housewives of Orange County Recap: The Prince-less Bride
Donald Glover Turns His Eye to His Hometown – and Black America – in Atlanta
Jim Gaffigan Show Star, Writer, and Producer Jim Gaffigan Says 2nd Season Will Be Its Last
35 New TV Shows to Watch This Fall
55 Movies to Watch This Fall
Will HBO’s Much-Delayed Westworld Be the Next Game of Thrones–Style Hit?
Stephen Colbert Notices What Ryan Lochte and Donald Trump Have in Common Besides Bad Dye Jobs
The Night Of Recap: Trial and Error
Where 30 of Your Favorite Shows Left Off Last Season
Why Were the Rio Olympics Ratings So Bad?
Latest News from VultureJustin Timberlake Is Producing a Music Festival in Teneseee Not Called Bonnaroo
Beck, Hall and Oates, Kacey Musgraves and Violent Femmes are slated to perform.Melissa Leo and Patton Oswalt Will Join Kickstarter-Backed Indie Film Unlovable
The indie film Cinderella story gets a new star and producer on the same day.Fox News Host Greg Gutfeld Has a Beef With the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Claims They're A 'Poor Man's Faith No More'
"The worst band on the planet."After Releasing Endless Through Def Jam, Frank Ocean Went Independent with Blonde
The artist may have used his visual album to game the system.Lifetime Is Making a Robert Durst Movie
The story of the alleged murderer will be told from the perspective of one of his alleged victims.Casey Wilson and June Diane Raphael Are Developing a Show for Hulu About a Woman With Anger Issues
Tentatively called Unhinged.Joseph Gordon-Levitt Made a Short Film With Edward Snowden About Technology and Democracy
The former NSA employee is the internet's most charming expat in exile.You, Yes You, Can Be the Lucky Owner of Truman Capote’s Ashes
It'll cost a pretty penny, of course.Showtime Is Giving Us the First New Martin Lawrence Stand-up Special in 14 Years
Martin Lawrence Doin' Time: Uncut will air September 9.Television Renaissance Man Michael Strahan to Produce a Cop Drama for ABC
Strahan's first scripted drama project will focus on a former football player.
Many of the programs that captured public attention or critical acclaim revisited bygone decades or functioned as outright throwbacks.Comedy Shut Out of List of the 100 Greatest Films of the 21st Century
What should've made it?Netflix Just Announced Its Fall Comedy Special Lineup
Featuring Reggie Watts, Dana Carvey, and more.Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga Join Liam Neeson in The Commuter
The pair will take a break from exploring the realm of the supernatural for Jaume Collet-Serra's next action thriller.Why Latino Movie Stars Have Never Been More Necessary
We're reminded of Hollywood's damaging stereotypes whenever Donald Trump speaks.Sarah Paulson to Play Geraldine Page in Ryan Murphy’s New Anthology Series Feud
It was only a matter of time.Former BBC Executive Thinks Jeremy Clarkson Should Have Never Been Fired From Top Gear
"He spoke to people who didn’t find much else at the BBC."Joseph Fiennes Will Make the Totalitarian Future Look Far Too Good in Hulu’s Handmaid’s Tale
He'll be the Fred to Elisabeth Moss's Offred.Chris O’Dowd and Ray Romano to Star in TV Show Based on Get Shorty
It's a show based on a movie based on a book.What Stranger Things Is Missing From the ’80s Horror Genre
Everything difficult about the original works.