21st got better act by act. American Idiot was good. Dookie was good. Middle albums were good. I tried doing Uno!, stopped partway through.
For everyone complaining they should have stuck with Dookie-style, remember that they'd be nearly 40 years old with kids out of high school, singing about masturbation and hating the workforce. That'd be even more dumb than their political statements.
My opinion on their music seems antithetical to everyone else's. I agree with SheSaid in that Dookie is overrated and really quite simplistic, but I don't exactly think they got better with age either. Insomniac is probably their best one. It's the most rounded of their punk catalogue.
I sort of liked American Idiot, and I can appreciate the attempt, but I can also see where a lot of the hate comes from. Meanwhile, 21CB had one great song and one good song, and the rest ranged from mediocre to terrible, and rivals Great Southern Trendkill for worst RB full album. Oh Love isn't any good at all.
What I don't get is Muse's new direction. Their new album is pretty much dubstep with guitars.
There would probably no greater sin in this world than if a couple 40 year olds made an album about being a useless teen
That said, Green Day is quickly heading towards modern Def Leppard territory
Addendum: Just like with Coldplay's Paradise last year, Oh Love wins this year in terms of 'most unimaginative popular song of 2012'
So yeah, once.