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The first original album since 2000 from modern rock superheroes Green Day, American Idiot is one of the most anticipated and controversial albums of the year. Scathing yet self-effacing as it tells the tale of Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong, American Idiot is the punk rock epic. "A bold, polished punk opera." (Entertainment Weekly) "They're the biggest, most successful, punk band the world has ever seen. What's more, Green Day's next album may well be their masterpiece." (Kerrang!)

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For its first new set of music since 2000's Warning, Green Day tears up the blueprint and comes up with something unexpected: a punk rock concept album built around elaborate melodies, odd tempo changes, and a collection of songs that freely reference classic rock warhorses like the Beatles and Pink Floyd. "She's a Rebel" and "St. Jimmy" might sound like vintage Green Day, but the rest of the disc finds the Northern California trio trying on a variety of different guises: "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" is a cliché-strewn Foo Fighters-style power ballad; "Extraordinary Girl" floats on Indian strings; and the hushed "Wake Me Up When September Ends" wouldn't sound entirely out of place on a Jessica Simpson record. It doesn't always work. "Dearly Beloved" eerily resembles the Alarm's "68 Guns," while the title track eerily resembles something Green Day has already done far too many times. But, overall, American Idiot represents a promising step forward. --Aidin Vaziri

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. American Idiot
  2. Jesus Of Suburbia
  3. Holiday/Boulevard Of Broken Dreams
  4. Are We The Waiting/St. Jimmy
  5. Give Me Novacaine/She's A Rebel
  6. Extraordinary Girl/Letterbomb
  7. Wake Me Up When September Ends
  8. Homecoming
  9. Are We The Waiting
  10. Letterbomb
  11. Wake Me Up When September Ends
  12. Homecoming: The Death Of St. Jimmy/East 12th St./Nobody Likes You/Rock And Roll Girlfriend/We're Coming Home Again
  13. Whatsername


Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 21, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Reprise Records
  • ASIN: B0002OERI0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,385 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #970 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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For those of you who are unaware that this is a rock opera, let me fill you in.

My take on the album:

American Idiot: An introduction to the setting and mood of the story; describes the current way of life in America and the issues some have with it.

Jesus of Suburbia:

I. Jesus of Suburbia: We are introduced to the main character, "Jesus of Suburbia," so named because he's a typical suburban kid (there's nothing wrong with me, this is how i'm supposed to be): his parents are divorced, he sits around watching TV, and experiments with drugs. He feels an emptiness in his life.

II. City of the Damned: Jesus' discontentment grows as he realizes the apathy of those surrounding him.

III. I Don't Care: Jesus sees how widespread people's indifference is.

IV. Dearly Beloved: Jesus notes the effect of this indifference on his own personal relationships.

V. Tales of Another Broken Home: Fed up to the point of breaking, Jesus leaves home in search of meaning and a purpose in his life.

Holiday: Jesus meditates on the problems with modern American government and society as he wanders the streets of the city to which he has run away.

Boulevard of Broken Dreams: Jesus laments his lonliness in this new place. This song hints at the upcoming emergence of St. Jimmy (I'm walking down the line that divides me somewhere in my mind).

Are We the Waiting: Still alone, Jesus wonders what will become of him. He comes to reject his identity (the Jesus of Suburbia is a lie) and decides to create a new one, leading to...

St. Jimmy: The introduction of "St. Jimmy," the punk street kid personality that Jesus invents to go along with his new life.
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Although I annually listen to hundreds of albums in my capacity as music director at my University's radio station, I can safely say that this album is the most bracing, rich and rewarding album of the year. Certainly, it is not a superficially original album-the influences that range from the Who's mini-rock opera "A Quick One...", general power pop, punk and pure pop are immediately recognisable. However, Armstrong and company have created an immediately endearing and--surprisingly enough-transcendent work that functions and succeeds on so many levels.

I suspect that those who have matured with this band, and have witnessed the seeming intra-personal, political and intellectual collapse of this nation in the decade since "Dookie"-will find this album to be particularly affecting. (Particularly those of us, such as the reviewer, who have reached a point of their life at which past dreams and illusions are beginning to be elided by the pressing concerns of an exhausting and enervating, if lucrative, professional existence that will come into existence after graduation.)

I must note, however, that this album has been unfortunately vilified by a variety of groups.

Elitist indie-hipsters, who find impossible the prospect of enjoying an album that is not only released on a major label but also is commercially success, castigate the band as trite, mainstream and unoriginal.

Frozen-in-time `punks' castigate the album for not being 'punk' enough (as if a standard, universal definition of punk exists!)

Those with extraordinarily limited capabilities for analytical thought castigate the band for being anti-american or some other nonsense.
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A Kid's Review on May 2, 2005
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For those of you that are currently unaware, "American Idiot" is a rock opera and a concept album, much like The Who's "Tommy" or Pink Floyd's "The Wall."

My take on the album:

American Idiot: An introduction to the setting and mood of the story; describes the current way of life in America and the issues some have with it.

Jesus of Suburbia:

I. Jesus of Suburbia: We are introduced to the main character, "Jesus of Suburbia," so named because he's a typical suburban kid (there's nothing wrong with me, this is how i'm supposed to be): his parents are divorced, he sits around watching TV, and experiments with drugs. He feels an emptiness in his life.

II. City of the Damned: Jesus' discontentment grows as he realizes the apathy of those surrounding him.

III. I Don't Care: Jesus sees how widespread people's indifference is.

IV. Dearly Beloved: Jesus notes the effect of this indifference on his own personal relationships.

V. Tales of Another Broken Home: Fed up to the point of breaking, Jesus leaves home in search of meaning and a purpose in his life.

Holiday: Jesus meditates on the problems with modern American government and society as he wanders the streets of the city to which he has run away.

Boulevard of Broken Dreams: Jesus laments his lonliness in this new place. This song hints at the upcoming emergence of St. Jimmy (I'm walking down the line that divides me somewhere in my mind).

Are We the Waiting: Still alone, Jesus wonders what will become of him. He comes to reject his identity (the Jesus of Suburbia is a lie) and decides to create a new one, leading to...

St. Jimmy: The introduction of "St.
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