by Green Day
- Record Label: Reprise
- Release Date: Sep 21, 2004
- 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.
- Record Label: Reprise
- Genre(s): Rock, Alternative
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|Don't want to be an American idiot Don't want a nation under the new mania And can you hear the sound of hysteria? The subliminal mind fuck...||See the rest of the song lyrics|
Positive: 22 out of 26
Mixed: 4 out of 26
Negative: 0 out of 26
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.
An energetic, musically ambitious pop-rock record that employs its expanded vistas in the service of animating punk's well-worn thematic underpinnings.
It is exactly what the band needs to boost itself to the next level of pop-punk prowess.
If the forced lyrical growth is a little stunted, it’s more than made up for by the band’s newfound sonic ambitions.
Against all odds, Green Day have found a way to hit their thirties without either betraying their original spirit or falling on their faces.
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.
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.
Positive: 309 out of 349
Mixed: 10 out of 349
Negative: 30 out of 349
ChrisPOct 16, 2004Green Day's greatest album! I listened to it once and fell in love right away!
patcOct 3, 2004its got it all. great album.
DanielNMar 29, 2005This album is their best yet. I loved Dookie and appreciate the far more mature lyrics and outstanding music from this album. I'm hooked!
ggjujuewqtqJan 12, 2007is exellent!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Aug 31, 2012Great, wonderful, spectacular. It's the best Green Day album, my favourite. All 13 songs are very good, I can't find the worst. I think alsoGreat, wonderful, spectacular. It's the best Green Day album, my favourite. All 13 songs are very good, I can't find the worst. I think also Warning was very good, but American Idiot is great.
No more words for such a masterpiece.… Expand
JamiePMar 3, 2006bloody brilliant album
PhillipRSep 24, 2004I 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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