And then Spin got a first listen of six of the tracks...
Green Day's 21st Century Breakdown, one of 2009's most-anticipated records, releases in May. Yesterday, reps from the band's label, Warner Bros., swung by SPIN's lower Manhattan office to play us six of the album's 16 tracks and feed us a bucket of fried chicken.
Our verdict? We love it. (The chicken was pretty good, too.)
In the six songs, Green Day keep their punk urgency and lyrical angst, but expand their ambition. They use dramatic musical shifts reminiscent of Queen, and Who-like classic rock guitars. There's even a poignant piano ballad that Fiona Apple could love.
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I know BigMike can't stand them but I'm convinced some of you are fans or at least enjoyed American Idiot.
I know I did. That's the only reason I'm willing to give this album a listen. Should be interesting to see how the follow up AI.