American Idiot

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  • Summary: Structured as a rock opera complete with 9-minute-plus songs and a somewhat complicated storyline, 'American Idiot' is the Berkeley punk band's first album in over four years.

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American Idiot
Don't wanna be an American idiot Don't want a nation under the new media And can you hear the sound of hysteria? The subliminal mind fuck... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. In its musical muscle and sweeping, politically charged narrative, it's something of a masterpiece, and one of the few -- if not the only -- records of 2004 to convey what it feels like to live in the strange, bewildering America of the early 2000s.
  2. An energetic, musically ambitious pop-rock record that employs its expanded vistas in the service of animating punk's well-worn thematic underpinnings.
  3. It is exactly what the band needs to boost itself to the next level of pop-punk prowess.
  4. If the forced lyrical growth is a little stunted, it’s more than made up for by the band’s newfound sonic ambitions.
  5. Against all odds, Green Day have found a way to hit their thirties without either betraying their original spirit or falling on their faces.
  6. The observations don't always dig as deep as they're meant to, and buzzwords occasionally stand in for insights, but American Idiot finds Green Day both shaking up its formula and applying it in novel and unexpected ways.
  7. There's no economics, no race, hardly any compassion. Joe name-checks America as if his hometown of Berkeley was in the middle of it, then name-checks Jesus as if he's never met anyone who's attended church. And to lend his maunderings rock grandeur, he ties them together with devices that sunk under their own weight back when the Who invented them.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 27 out of 331
  1. ChrisP
    Oct 16, 2004
    10
    Green Day's greatest album! I listened to it once and fell in love right away!
  2. patc
    Oct 3, 2004
    10
    its got it all. great album.
  3. dunnolostit
    Mar 25, 2005
    10
    a good album, compared to whats around today its fantastic. Greenday will definatly make an imprint in music history.
  4. jackie
    Oct 3, 2006
    10
    billie joe is hot
  5. Jul 6, 2011
    10
    This is the definition of a perfect album. It covers a ton of genres without sounding convoluted or boring. If you love punk or classicThis is the definition of a perfect album. It covers a ton of genres without sounding convoluted or boring. If you love punk or classic rock, then you owe it to yourself to listen this album. Expand
  6. JamieP
    Mar 3, 2006
    9
    bloody brilliant album
  7. PhillipR
    Sep 24, 2004
    0
    I was absolutely shocked and disgusted at how disappointing this album was, as this was recommended to me bya friend with normal good taste I was absolutely shocked and disgusted at how disappointing this album was, as this was recommended to me bya friend with normal good taste in music. Expand

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