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Green Day: American Idiot

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Green Day's 2004 album, American Idiot, saw the band mature both musically and intellectually.
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The Revival of Punk

  • Dec 19, 2008
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+5
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.
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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.
The band...
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

So join the rebellion and rock on!
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December 21, 2009
huh? How did I miss this review?! Nicely done there, Sean!
December 21, 2009
Thanks.
 
December 19, 2008
Hey Orlok-- I, too, am a fan of old school punk. Love Operation Ivy, to name my favorite bay area band. But I think that Green Day's older stuff definitely sounds like they are too. Kerplunk and Dookie are like homage to what they were listening to at the times that those records were made, in my opinion. But I have to admit that I love all of their albums. Insomniac is awesome, and even though they have pretty much the same routine at every show they do, its so much fun and amped up that I have thoroughly enjoyed every GD concert I've been to. In regards to American Idiot, I think that this this album, they definitely crossed over into mainstream consciousness. Well, I guess Time of Your LIfe got a lot of attention (played at like every high school graduation ceremony that year, I'm, sure). But my point is, when you can hear a Green Day song on KFog or Alice, you know they're not really just punk anymore. It's kind of melancholy for some fans, even though we're happy that they are so successful. I went to the concert at PacBell Park, and it was funny because many of the fans who were there sung along to every American Idiot song, but the minute GD started to play some of their older staples, people suddenly got this lost look on their faces. Anyway, love Green Day, and J.A.R. is an amazing song that will always remind me of high school.
 
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Composer: Green Day
Author: Green Day
Performer: Green Day
Release Date: 2004
Label: Reprise
Artist: Green Day
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