First of all, let me begin this review by saying that I'm not a diehard Green Day fan. I've always been more of an "old school" punk fan. And Green Day's usually too commercially accessible for my taste. However their 2004 album, American Idiot is an amazing punk-rock opera. It's probably their best effort yet. For me it's probably the first punk album since The Clash broke up that I've not only liked but actually loved.
The lyrics are more overtly political in content than any of their previous releases and their musicianship has matured dramatically since Dookie. The album is unique in that each song can be listened to individually but when listened to in its entirety it tells a story. It's the story of two disillusioned and disenchanted American youths who feel abandoned by their peers, their parents, and by society in general. It allows the world to be seen from their perspectives and this makes for an interesting experience.
If the "message" of this album had to be summed up, I would say that at its heart it's about the need for young people to be more socially and politically aware and for the older generation to be more... well, just more.
Songs include: 1. American Idiot 2. Jesus of Suburbia Parts I-V 3. Holiday 4. Boulevard of Broken Dreams 5. Are We the Waiting 6. St. Jimmy 7. Give Me Novacaine 8. She's a Rebel 9. Extraordinary Girl 10. Letterbomb 11. Wake Me Up When September Ends 12. Homecoming Parts I-V 13. Whatsername