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Green Day: '21 Guns'

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Green Day: '21 Guns'
Released on Monday, Jul 13 2009

Despite the chunky riffs and shouty bits on last single 'Know Your Enemy', Green Day's (s)punky early days are becoming a fast-receding memory. They followed up the concept-heavy American Idiot with the concept-heavier 21st Century Breakdown, and their latest single, an anti-war anthem called '21 Guns', finds them cementing their transition to full-blown epic rock.

It combines verses reminiscent of Neil Young's 'Heart Of Gold' with big power-pop chord changes and choruses that soar in all the right places. The jerky charm of the band's earlier work may be missing, but there's still lots to enjoy here, not least a neat pun - "Throw up your arms in the air" - that should get all hands waving at the festivals this summer.


> Click here to read our review of 21st Century Breakdown

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