American Idiot (studio album) by Green Day
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The voice of their vocalist makes it sound like what I'd call "Sissy Punk Rock" rather than actual Punk Rock, but still a fine album though.
Being born in the mid-90s, this album was one of the first that I listened to when it came out, and is one of the few albums from that time which I still listen to. This album captures the state of post-9/11 and invasion of Iraq era America better than any other I know of. The album's story is not too easy to follow, but its broad strokes nonetheless paint a vivid picture of being enraged at a system that you cannot do anything about, and the efforts to kill the ennui of modern suburban life. Indeed, as others have said, this album still holds up thematically today, as many of the problems with 2004 era America have only gotten worse now.
This album has one of the strongest contrasts between opening and closing songs I can think of. American Idiot is a rapid fire two and a half minutes of political oriented rage that capture how the main character feels while still stuck in suburbia, a song that has no personal focus whatsoever. Whatsername, by contrast, is entirely personal, and reflects the utter failure of the main character's attempt to escape his suburban life, and the general lack of forward movement in his life. This album does a good job mixing highs and lows together, perhaps best exemplified in the medley of Holiday and Boulevard of Broken Dreams, which in a way mirror the American Idiot/Whatsername distinction, in that the first song is a political call to action, while the second is a personal reflection on regret and disillusionment.
By no means is this a uniformly strong album, as it certainly bogs down midway through, with a song like Extraordinary Girl being clearly inferior to other tracks here. This does tend to be the case with rock opera/concept albums, which isn't an excuse, although I will say that the album does not bog down so much that I can't listen to it straight through, and even the weaker songs play a role in driving home the album's themes.
I can't quite understand people who say this album is just a ripoff of classic rock or punk. One of the below comments compares Jesus of Suburbia to Moonage Daydream, which has to be one of the baffling comparisons of songs I have ever seen. No one is claiming that Green Day broke new ground with this album - I'm not sure why people feel that they had to? Nimrod isn't much different than Dookie, but I really like Dookie, so I also like Nimrod. The songs on this album do not sound like retreads of earlier songs generally, they sound like new songs in a genre of music that used to be more popular, which doesn't make them retreads (for comparison, I think Oasis (who I very much like) are a much better example of retreading old music than Green Day on this album).
Jesus Of Suburbia
Boulevard Of Broken Dreams
Give Me Novacaine
Blandest shit ever. It takes punk, and removes everything that's great about it: expressive anger, rawness. At best it's just punk made 30 years after it was relevant; at worst it's '00s pop with mandatory distorted power chords and megaphone vocals to make up for the lack of passion. Why would one listen to 'American Idiot' if you have 'Blitzkrieg Bop', why listen to 'Jesus of Suburbia' if you have 'Moonage Daydream'. It takes these songs and jams it in a one-size-fits-all pop punk jacket in the least unimaginative. Really sad that this should supposedly take the crown of pop punk. Only thing they got going is that they're passionate about the punk ideology, but that doesn't make the music any better.
Incredible album from front to bad. This came out when i was ten and I've never listened to any album as much as this. 15 years later and it still hold up strong, Classic rock album for sure up there with the best. Shame after this they went down hill pretty fast, its a shame. The singles on here are iconic, Alot of people hate green day nowadays but this album and dookie are easily in my top 10 rock albums of all time, a rock opera at its finest.
A strong outing for sure, but their style of punk rock has always felt off to me when presented in such a polished package.
I'll keep saying this: this album is still so fucking relevant. The execution of it is still very beautiful, too. This on repeat as the Trump impeachment hearings start.
Mainstream album, sure, but it's awesome and insanely consistent. Hit song after hit song. It loses some strength in mid-album but it regains it pretty quickly with the last handful of songs.
what a late found gem. But its energy and its story touches even my 3 years old son.
best track: homecoming
Favorite Tracks:Jesus Of Suburbia, Boulevard Of Broken Dreams, She's A Rebel, Letterbomb