"American Idiot failed utterly as coherent propaganda and as rock invigorating enough to agitate the pleasure centers."
"Have you tried to parse the lyrics to "Holiday" or "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" lately? This wasn't anti-imperialist dissent set to kick-ass. It was gaudy, way-too-impressionistic, self-congratulatory garbage warbled over lumbering AOR dressed in strings and conceptual malarkey."
courtesy of Pitchfork http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/13045-21st-century-breakdown/
eh, discuss. i completely and vehemently disagree. i don't remember much strings on the album either.