I bought this album a few years ago but it's on my iPod and I still enjoy listening to it as it is quite catchy and addictive.
The album is a pop/ rock album but it's not too heavy. It's what I would describe as light rock. The album contains the single American Idiot which is a fast paced rocky number with great guitar riffs from the guys. Some people may find this song offensive as a few lyrics may come across as offensive but it's just a bit of fun and it doesn't take away the fact that this is indeed a fantastic song. I also love Wake Me Up When September Ends which is a powerful rock ballad. This is another emotional song by Green Day as it mentions Billy's father who passed away seven years ago (when the song was released) and the video was also rather emotional with a soldier going to war. Very touching.
The album is a mixture of powerful rock ballads and upbeat pop/ rock numbers. It has a decent running time and it's enjoyable from start to finish. It's not what I would describe as "emo" music as some of the songs actually make me smile, like Holiday for example.
I like the use of guitar riffs and the songs are very well written and produced. It's a great driving album and I happen to love it. There are no fillers on this album so you will not have to skip any tracks.
This is the album that saw Green Day go massive and sell out causing many of their traditional fans to go somewhat against them as they pined for the lower budget, smaller records. Records like Dookie which actually sold more than this album!
Admittedly, 'American Idiot' is a considerable change of direction for the band. Long gone were the days of daft pop-punk and a heavier sound was the style for this 'Rock Opera'. The band show an ambition and a breadth of song writing that had never been demonstrated through out their career until this point. They obviously had an array of great songs but never anything as coherent and varied as this.
After a period of waning influence and commercial success the band started work on the follow up to Warning and soon had the tapes stolen. A band called The Network appeared around the time with clearly the same vocalist etc and so rumours were abound that their songs were Green Day's stolen album. This rumour was never officially confirmed or rejected. However, rather than re-recording the songs Green Day decided to start from scratch and I'm no doubt as thankful as the band that they did as the result is the fantastic album, American Idiot.
The album is largely based on a central character, Jesus of Suburbia, who is supposedly an everyday 'anti-hero' who is sick of things around him. Various other characters are introduced and it is up to the listener to decide whether they are in fact the same person or not.
The album starts with the title track, American Idiot. It's a fast, melodic punk song and it's very obviously concerning the state of America and takes a swipe at media propaganda, racism etc. It's a great way to start the album and is an instant classic.
'Jesus of Suburbia' follows and is the first of two 9 minute epics that provide some symmetry to the album. The song is split into 5 distinct parts and details the characters feeling of hatred, loss of faith, helplessness and contemplation of suicide. In the end he decides to run away and leave things behind. Musically the song goes through rock, piano driven softer parts, punk and soaring guitars. An all round incredible song.
'Holiday' is a very catchy song that moves away from the story of the album. It's a criticism of the American Government and the war in Iraq and the pointlessness of it all including the 'In the name of God' thing which formed so many of the excuses for the war. It also compares the administration to Hitler.
A return to the story of Jesus of Suburbia comes in the form of 'Boulevard of Broken Dream'. This was the second single from the album so most people have no doubt heard it but it is about the aimless wandering with nowhere to go. The music is much slower and heavier than just about anything Green Day have done to this point.
'Are We the Waiting' is the lighters in the air song from this album! It's anthemic and sing a long friendly. I think the lyrics are in relation to Jesus of Suburbia arriving in a new City and wondering if it was worth it. The song also contains a line 'The Jesus of Suburbia is a lie' and the next song is called 'St Jimmy'. Possibly the implication is that both characters are the same person but representing either 2 sides or 2 periods of the characters life. Or it could be that St Jimmy is in fact a separate person who leads JoS into a life of crime and drugs. Musically, St Jimmy is probably the closest to old school Green Day with it's quick, punky guitars.
'Give me Novocaine' is the classic quiet/loud/quiet song alternating between acoustic and electric guitars. The lyrics are about wanting to numb yourself either from the world or from misery and generally wanting to improve the way you are feeling.
'She's a rebel' is another classic Green Day punk track and contains the line 'she's holding on my heart like a hand grenade' which was the inspiration for the album cover. The track introduces 'Whatsername' a new character and this girl is someone that JoS is infactuated by.
'Extraordinary Girl' is not a great song for me. It doesn't really do a lot and is a bit repetitive. The content is perhaps concerning the fact that Whatsername is someone who lives and breathes rebellion whereas JoS is acting up and cannot keep up with her causing the relationship to fall apart.
'Letterbomb' is arguably my favourite song on the album. The lyrics are wide ranging and could mean anything from the break up of the relationship to the lack of rebellion in the modern world. It details JoS leaving St Jimmy behind, regardless of whether it's a separate person or not and Whatsername leaving him and the town behind.
'Wake me Up When September Ends' is one of my most disliked songs ever! I think it's completely distinct from the album in terms of the lack of relevance to the story line. It's possibly about Billie Joe Armstrong's(the singer and songwriter) Dad dying or about September 11th. Either way, I find the song to be drab and plodding with nothing much going for it.
'Homecoming' is the 2nd of the 9 minute epics and transcends many styles much like 'Jesus Of Suburbia' although this effort doesn't quite have the fluency. This is especially true as part of the song is a Tre Cool(the drummer) writen and sang interlude about living a rock and roll life that bears no relation to anything else! The lyrics start with the suicide of St Jimmy, whether this be a separate person or part of JoS. JoS doesn't kill himself as it implies that after the rebellious part of his life he returns to a boring existence of paperwork and ignorance and eventually returns home to the life he despised and wanted to escape.
'Whatsername' brings the album to a close and the song concerns JoS thinking back to her, his regrets and wondering what could have been. I actually think it's a bit of a disappointing end to the album as it's one of the weaker songs.
Overall American Idiot is an astounding piece of work. The scope and storytelling is not something that I would ever have believed that Green Day were capable of. And to carry this off with their best tunes for 10 years or possibly ever make this record a stunning achievement.
*This review is my own work although I may post it elsewhere on the internet.
This is the album that really made me a fan of Green Day. I was pretty young when I first heard this album, but they would soon become my favorite album because of the way that they were not afraid to express themselves no matter who was listening.
Many critics say that Green Day "sold out" by doing this album, but I think that those same critics are just jealous. They would not be able to say the things that Green Day dared and make money night after night and day after day.
Green Day is one of the greatest bands in modern rock history, and it really shows in this album. The album is a whole is genius. It starts off with a bang with the title track, and proceeds to the five movement, 9-minute rock opera of "Jesus of Surburbia" (it's not the only one of the album). Of course, most people also know "Boulevard of Broken Dreams", "Holiday", and "Wake Me Up When September Ends".
I guess one of things that I want to express in this review is to not view Green Day as a band that sold out. Don't blame outselling on the fact that the media took notice of the greatness of this band and decided to overplay their songs to the point of exhaustion. Yes, Green Day has enjoyed recent commercial success, but they are simply keeping up with the times and the times seem to appreciate it with the millions of dollars they seem to be raking in.
If you're looking to change your mind about this band, such as being drawn away from this band because someone told you that they had sold out, give it a listen. Listen to the album as a whole, and see it your opinion isn't changed. Those who really appreciate Green Day will like album. Green Day is a force to be reckoned with, and they are not afraid of stepping up to the challenge.
American Idiot reinvented Green Day as something more than a punk parody, with the fantastic 'American Idiot' opening the album, this is a jaunty journey through punk-pop with some biting lyrics, the guys found a cause to rally against and finally showed the punk sensibilities they had hinted at on previous albums.
Released in 2004 this was a massive hit and struck a chord with many who felt disassociated from the politics of that time. What I like about the album is it tries to be a little bit different to their other albums, 'Boulevard of Broken Dreams' is a pretty good ballad, American Idiot is rightfully one of their best and most well known songs whilst wake me up when September ends, marks something new in the bands music, a real devotion to development, this is an evolutionary album, its not great by any means, even though it has been made into a broadway musical, it still has 4 songs that are fairly average and a couple that sound like leftovers from previous albums, but it has some songs written from the heart.
The album is available on marketplace for 99p or at £4.93 from Amazon, i'd suggest its worth listening to, its a step forward from their frat boy punk and marks the evolution of the band from gurning boys to men, I really like American Idiot and think 'Wake me up when September ends' is a great ballad, I really hope they continue to develop with each album, as the songwriting, harmonies and music are markedly improved on their previous releases, i'm not sure if this was motivated by there desire to stand up to their countries president or simply a realisation that their music had to evolve or die. Either way a really positive step forward for the band.
1. American Idiot
2. Jesus Of Surburbia
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
11. Wake Me Up When September Ends
American Idiot is punk rock Green Day's seventh studio album, released in 2004.
It was a bit of a change in sound for the band, and the older fans would have been quick to notice. American Idiot is a lot darker, grungier and altogether a lot more politically charged (which I never found older Green Day to be, at least not this much). I'm not going to go into a whole discourse, but it is definitely a much more mature sound for the band.
American Idiot is a rock opera consisting of 13 songs - each one telling a part of the story of the "Jesus of Suburbia", a character who is sick of the lies and hypocrisy of modern day America and so decides to go and live a different life with the "Underbelly" of America, meeting along the way the rebel known as St Jimmy who becomes a bit of a mentor. There he meets a girl he remembers only as "Whatsername", but after a bit of his enw life it becomes monotomy, and when Whatsername leaves for a more exciting life, Jesus decides it's time to head back to the surface and start a proper life - never forgetting the girl...
I love this album. I really do. It tells such a good story, and the way the band have laid it out and recorded it is simply astoudning. The songs aren't just your typical 3 minute long affairs - they range from the short of and sweet She's a Rebel (which introduces the girl), to the ten-minute long epic rhapsody "Jesus of Suburbia" (the second song on the album, which gives us an insight to Jesus' old life), which is one of the band's best track of their entire discography.
Some other of the more important songs on the album have to be the fast-paced "Holiday", when Jesus decides to start a new life, which begins with a huge celebratory drink, "St Jimmy" - which introduces us to Jesus' mentor (and could also be Jesus' alternate personality), "Letterbomb" - when Jesus realises he has to return to normality (and I think one of the best and most complex songs on the album), and "Homecoming", another ten-minute epic which, as the title suggests, details Jesus coming home, and finding a job and a new life. It's as long as Jesus of Suburbia, but I like how much it contradicts it, bringing the story to a nice full circle.
The album ends on a bittersweet note, with the calm and nostalgic song "Whatsername", in which Jesus thinks about the girl, and his past life.
American Idiot is one of the best albums of the decade, in my opinion, and definitely one of the top 100 of all time. It tells a great story, has some really good music and is, altogether, simply a fantastic album.
American Idiot is Green Day's seventh album and was created after the masters for an album entitled "Cigarettes and Valentines" were stolen. Whether this was a better album or a blessing in disguise we will never know, but the band decided to start over with American Idiot. American Idiot is a new direction for Green Day, instead of their old pop-punk songs of rebellion this is more of a rock opera, according to the band's singer Billy Joe Armstrong. I don't know if you would call it a rock opera, but it is certainly a more mainstrean rock sound than previous albums.
It kicks off with the title track "American Idiot". It is a very politically motivated song, something which Green Day hadn't really attempted in their previous songs. I'm no big fan of trying to get across political messages in music, but this works well as a catchy song which is probably the most punk thing they do on this album. It is an anthem about post 9/11 American media and was the biggest hits off this album.
Apparently this is a "Concept album" about a character called "Jesus of Suburbia" and this is what the second track is titled. Most of Green Day's old songs rarely reach three minutes, but this goes on for over nine minutes. It is a bit bland and borrows the guitar from "Summer of 69" in a part of it. I don't really get the story of this "Jesus of Suburbia" throughout the album despite listening to it many times. Its good then that tracks like "American Idiot" and the third song "Holiday" carry the album despite the boring "Jesus of Suburbia" dragging it down. "Holiday" is a great catchy song, much more mainstrean rock then their old pop-punk stuff. I know I keep mentioning the "old Green Day", but I was a huge fan of their "Dookie" album and this album really is a dramatic change in styles for Green Day and this is demonstrated by the fourth track "Boulevard of Broken Dreams". It is very similar to Wonderwall and a rather tiresome and boring standard rock song.
Unfortunately the rest of the album descends into a boring, radio-rock by numbers. Unlike the old Green Day the tracks aren't different and gone are the entertaining lyrics, in their place a feeble attempt at condemning modern America. The worst of these offenders is the awful "Wake Me Up When September Ends". I for one hope that Green Day get rid of this nonsense and get some of that punk attidute back that gave them success without having to adjust into a more mainstream sound.
American Idiot is Green Day's seventh album, and sadly, not their best. I don't use the term "selling out" because I think it's naive to say, but this album has marked something of a decline in the quality of their songs, and with its political commentary on America, it just feels as though they're jumping on the bandwagon with whatever the popular socio-political commentary of the time is. Moreover, I just want them to play music, not rabbit on about their own political views, because I don't care!
The titular track, whilst I find its commentary a bit tiresome, it is at least catchy, I will grant them that. I just am by now very fed up with bands espousing views such as this through their music when they probably don't know very much about what they're talking about. What's wrong with just playing music that people like? It's served them well up until now!
There are a few antidotes throughout the album to cure the sourness, though - Holiday is quite a jovial song and very upbeat and more attuned to the typical Green Day soundscape. Also, Boulevard of Broken Dreams is probably the best song on the album - it's very catchy and has a very nifty guitar riff throughout. It also goes all over the place and isn't a quick in-and-out 2-minute song like punk rock bands are so famous for.
Also, Wake Me Up When September Ends is a pretty good tune - it's a soft, ballad-esque song, which Green Day have proven they do well, and although it's not always in tune with the rest of the album rhythmically (considering most of it is fast-paced and frenetic), it's still a fine addition and I welcome it.
I do like Green Day and most of their albums, but this one leaves a sour taste because of its central commentary - it just seems rather tacky and crude as a sort of marketing exercise, and I wish they'd just play music .Sadly, their new album doesn't really make me think this is going to happen, given that it seems to have songs about disarmenment.
American Idiot, the 7th studio release from the brilliant Green Day has to be one of the most important albums of the noughties! The band were almost ready to give up after encountering problems working together, a 4 year gap since last album Warning, and having the original master tapes stolen from the studio. Instead of giving up though, the band came back with a monster of an album...and are we glad they did! American Idiot marks a change in the band, sure theyve have become more mainstream gaining more and more radio airplay, but how can that not be a good thing which American Idiot deals with plently of political issues from the war in Iraq, to the Bush administration, gay rights and drug abuse. Dubbed by the band as a "rock opera" the album follows characters St Jimmy and Whatsername through various troubles. The songs range from soft ballads such as Boulevard of Broken Dreams, Wake Me Up When September Ends and Are We The Waiting to fast, energetic punky songs like American Idiot and St Jimmy. This album is a must have for anybody!
Green Days American Idiot has got to be one of the longest owned albums I have in my relatively young collection. I also shall add that not only does it hold this position, but it also probably holds the top spot as my favourite album, or at least it is somewhere near the top! I can remember the first time I listened to it all the way through. It was a couple of years ago now, but I was sat in the back seat of the car with nothing more than a personal CD player and two cd's, one of which was entitled Employment, and the other; American Idiot. Having nothing else to do on what was to be a very long journey, I settled down with American Idiot in the player, plugged in my ears, and pressed play. I was so impressed by the masterpiece that I listened to the complete disc three times over on that same journey, and over that same weekend, racked up a number of other listens.
It starts with a very punk rock sounding track called, unsurprisingly enough, American Idiot. Probably their most famous on the album, possibly even to date due to its massive success upon release, this really is a song worthy of its hype and fame. The thing that really stands out to me in this song is the skill and talent of the drummer. This point is something that will be focused upon in later tracks because he is genuinely an excellent drummer. The lyrics are sung in an out-of-the-ordinary way which I think is a great touch, but it is the drumming, particularly in the parts when nothing else can be heard that raises the bar on this track.
Jesus of Suburbia is epic. Short, and gets to the point. Unlike the song, which lasts for over nine minutes. Even so, each of them can be enjoyed as much as the first as I believe this to be one of my favourite tracks of all time from any band. Being long, it is split into five sections which, although they run fluently as one, they could easily be classed as separate song highlights. I love this varied approach and with this and the fact that it goes on for so long, I believe this has something for everybody! One big selling point from this track is the quality of the lyrics. As usual, they tell a moving story that is littered with extra depth and meanings. Definitely choose this track to listen to next if you have not done so already, you should be ready to unveil a superstar!
After the enjoyment from track two, the third instalment always had to be something special in order to keep the skill flowing nicely. I do however, have mixed views on this track. Yes it is good, but it is certainly not as good. The thing is, unlike the other tracks, this doesn't really have one protruding feature to make it stand out from the rest. The lyrics, music, drumming, vocals, are all good, but none of them are really special enough to class this as a mega song.
Boulevard Of Broken Dreams has a wonderful electronic introduction followed by an accompanying acoustic section, which in turn leads to the drum introduction. Although this is quite a slow song, I do like it and feel it is classed as an 'anthem'. The slow singing is a varied approach and offers a quality of singing that we do not often witness on the album. I would not appreciate this style throughout, but alone, it is a good breaker.
The powerful drumming in the song 'Are We The Waiting' adds to an emotional escalade that is undoubtedly helped by the depressive singing and accompanying guitar riffs. I do appreciate what this song has to offer, although it is defiantly not a happy jumpy track that you are likely to have a good dance to. The bass effect created by the drums really seems to give this a sombre ring about it. Talented, but sombre.
'St Jimmy' to the rescue! This piece of genius obliterates all feelings of depression and really gets you going again. Fast and bouncy enough to get everybody dancing along, this is the elixir that the album needed, slotted in just at the right point. I adore this track and it is definitely a great song to liven up any situation, and get everybody smiling again.
'Give Me Novocaine'. This song defies the laws of physics. I never though I would listen to a Green Day song and hear a relaxed approach and a bunch of calming qualities. A little too calming for me, but I can actually see where people seek enjoyment from this track.
Track 8 supplies us with 'She's A Rebel'. This sing - a - long packs in a whopping beat to define the places where you rock your head / tap your leg / jump around. And believe me, this will happen, just try and it see for yourself! I do love this track although I would have liked to hear more, perhaps if it was closer to three minutes than lasting only 120 seconds.
'Extraordinary Girl' has a very extraordinary start, and you get the feeling you are listening to some form of odd tribe music. However, this stops and the real song duly begins, unleashing a track seeping with talent. I love the way the singing is portrayed in the track, feeling it is skilful enough to offer as almost an extra instrument into the concoction.
Track ten is a lightning expedition in which we are invited to attend. 'Letterbomb' blasts off in a cloud of smoke and it never looks back. This anthem consists of everything you could wish for in a song. Expertly sung, intelligent lyrics, intense drumming, and talented 'guitaring' all mean this song is very worthy of a special place on everybody's iPod or whatever they use. Second only to the amazing track two, this is truly a brilliant song and should not be forgotten just because it lies towards the end of the disc.
The slow but memorable 'Wake Me Up When September Ends' tells the emotional war story that could move the strongest of people to tears. A beautiful session with the acoustic guitar is the heart of this warming track. It comes to life a little way in when the guitar is accompanied by the rest of the band, allowing for a more intense series of musical renditions. This song definitely excels in the lyrics department and credit is definitely due to the writer of this track. Excellent piece of music!
'Homecoming' is another of those nine minute epics, although this one gets more forgotten about. Listed as twelve out of thirteen, this is the one bringing up the rear and perhaps is forgotten about due to this. Still, it is a great piece of music, although I would personally say it does not offer as much as some of the other songs. However, with a little bit more listening, I think this could grow on you, so do not discard all hopes straight away. In fact, make sure you give every section a fair trial before showing any negativity you may have speculated.
'Whatsername' is the final track on what has certainly been an exceptional album offering talent in a number of different areas. This song comes with no exception as it offers an easy piece to listen to and incorporates a fashion that has not really been looked into much before in any of the other tracks. Great 'different' song to end the production in style!
American idiot was the seventh studio album from the band green day, and it was also their most recent album until the release of their new album 21st century breakdown recently. It was a bit of a change from the days of punk they used to be in and it was seen as a lot more mainstream than their other albums, however I can see the benefits in this as well as the downsides.
The first track was probably the most successful off the album, it's the title of the album itself, it was the first song to be released off the album and it also did very well in the charts managing to reach number three. it's a very fast paced song, perhaps it is a bit poppy but its one everyone knows the words to and still a great song to listen to now.
The second song off the album is my favourite by a clear mile. Its over 9 minutes long, but I love every single bit of it. Its strange as a song as it has many different parts which are all fairly different but they all mix together so well and they all fit together and make one fantastic song. My favourite part must be the dearly beloved part of Jesus of suburbia, it starts at 5 minutes and 25 seconds into the song and its very slow, but very sweet and just sounds so good.
Another really good song on this album is St jimmy, but because of how fast it is. It starts off with very fast guitar palm muted strumming and the singing going on over the top before the other instruments come in and then it really gets into full flow, its very fast all the way through with very catchy lyrics and is a great song.
1. American Idiot
2. Jesus of Suburbia
3. City Of The Damned
4. I Don't Care
5. Dearly Beloved
6. Tales Of Another Broken Home
8. Boulevard Of Broken Dreams
9. Are We The Waiting
10. St. Jimmy
11. Give Me Novacaine
12. She's a Rebel
13. Extraordinary Girl
15. Wake Me Up When September Ends
16. The Death Of St. Jimmy
17. East 12th St.
18. Nobody Likes You
19. Rock and Roll Girlfriend
20. We're Coming Home Again
A lot of old fans of green day were very disappointed in this album, just because they thought they had "sold out", however being a fan of their old stuff, I can say that I don't agree with this at all. This album may contain the punk songs their old albums did, but it does contain better lyrics, better singing and some incredible songs.
Well have been reviewing some of my favorite albums, and have been working my way upto this one! This is in my humble opinion the greatest album in the history of music. Now I know very people will agree with me on the and that's fine. When I bought 5 years back in 2004 I never really expected it to be that good. Have always like Green Day but never thought they quite had enough. On this album they put everything together and made history!
This album won a grammy, is a still a massive seller globally and shot green day into the archieves of rock stardom. So what's so great about it? Well obvioustly its the music! So I am going to go through and rate every song. So away we go....
1. American Idiot - Title track and the first song to be released from the album. At first I didn't like the song, but it has grown and grown on me. Strong lyrics that basically slate American life really set the tone for the album. The music buzz' in your ears from start to finish and the delivery from Billy Joe on vocals is near perfect. Some slamming guitar riffs add to the song and make it a great way to open the album! 9/10
2. Jesus of suburbia - Controversial, loud, rocking! 'No one every died for me' etc... Angry lyrics that shout out the hypocrasy of religion. This song is broken up into five sections, each one flows beautifully into the next. It's nine and a half minutes of rock heaven! With a few tender moments thrown in and some clever lyrics, this is a stunning song! 10/10
3. Holiday - Not quite as complex as previous track, but straight into a banging riff. Again lyrics that slate american life really show the bands strong political views. Some typical drum beats really get the rythem flowing thorughout the song. Brilliant again! 9/10
4. Boulevard of broken dreams - A bit slower than the previous songs. 'I walk a lonley road the only one that I have ever known, don't know where it goes but it's only me and I walk alone'. Typical green day lyric. Powerful in the extreme. This was a big hit for the band and as you listen you can see why it has been so popular. 9/10
5. Are we the waiting - Slower song. Still has some great lyrics and a stick in your head chorus. 7/10
6. St Jimmy - Amazing song! Like nothing I've ever heard before. So fast and full of life. Am listening to it right now and I just want to jump up and down whilst am typing. 'I am the son of a b**** of Edgar Alan Poe'. I love that line. If you ever see the band live the energy that this song produces is electic, makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end! Power!!!! 10/10
7. Give me novacaine - After the last song you need to relax a little. This song delivers that in the extreme. Its a complete contrast, shows the tender side of Green Day. Nice song. 8/10
8. She's a rebel - 'She's the salt of the earth and she's dangerous'. Another rock symphony blazes into action. Not quite as addictive as some songs, but still a piece of class! 9/10
9. Extraordinary girl - Starts off with some bongos playing, then jumps into life. This song is a little less rock but still has some blazing guitars and some banging drum solos. 8/10
10. Letterbomb - Starts off with a girl singing 'nobody likes you, everyone's left you, they're all out without you having fun'. Then guitar kicks in, builds up, then drums, then the second guitar and bang!!!! Were off again. The sound screams through your brain and frazzles you from the inside out. More angry lyrics, this song is another one that just keeps picking up pace and blows your mind!! 10/10
11. Wake me up when September Ends - Again it's as if the band realise you need a rest! This delivers it. A beautiful song, show a completely different side to the band once again. 'Here comes the rain again, falling from the stars' lyrics like this almost don't belong on a Green Day album as aggresive as this one. But in this song they are perfect. A piece of sheer class! 9/10
12. Homecoming - Just when you think it can't get any better. It does! Another song broken up into five sections, another 9 minutes of rock opera. This song has everything, starts off with just Billy Joe and a quiet guitar, then in come the drums and the guitars kick in. From here it's just perfection in every sense. 'Does anyone care if nobody cares' lines like this fill the songs. Tells a great story, has everything you can possibly want. 10/10
13. Whatsername - Quirky little song to finish. Not as rocky as some, but some really clever lyrics. 'I remember the face but I can't recall the name, now I wonder how whats her name has been?' Really clever lyric and the song is really build around this. Makes me smile as am sure we all have someone in our past we feel like this about. Nice end to the album. 8/10
Well what can I say. It's an incredible album. Even the songs you might class as weak are good. When I listen to this album I think it's the only one in my collection where I dont skip any songs. Everyone is good enough. The way the album is put together as well is brilliant, each song just flows into the next without any effort. I have not found an album since that comes close, although now there new one is out and it is starting to grow on me!
So if you like you music loud and angry, you must buy this album. And whilst it may not make everyones top 10, it will sit on top of mine for a long time to come!
American Idiot (2004)
I noticed the other day that the new Green Day single 'Know your enemy' from their new album has been getting a lot of airplay, so have had a listen to their new album (which I will review at a later date) and compared it to this album, which I have to say I find hard to believe was released four and a half years ago.
Green Day, in case you do not know is an American Nu Punk band. The band at the time of this album consisted of:
Billie Joe Armstrong - vocals and lead guitar
Mike Dirnt - bass guitar and backing vocals
Tré Cool - drums
Rob Cavallo - piano
Jason Freese - saxophone (though you don't hear much sax' on this album, lol)
This album was a runaway success, becoming number 1, pretty much all over the developed World, won a Grammy, a whole heap of new listeners and pretty much made the band. My son, who was 10 at the time absolutely loved it, still plays it, and so do I. It really is a very good album.
The good thing about this album is it fills a gap between the 'screamers' and the Emo bands like My Chemical Romance. It was, at the time, very refreshing to hear a song, and album from America that was actually saying something worth hearing and the title track, was/is in my opinion, a real classic that will stand the test of time, full of angry guitars and drums, reminded me a lot of The Clash, one of my favourite bands, an absolute, pogo round the room track, full of energy.
The second track is more rock than punk in style though has a bit of 'Buzzcocks' about it, the third track in a similar vein.
It is track 4, Boulevard of Broken Dreams that show the 'American' side of the group and it is an excellent offering, the lyrics are dark enough to make one sit up and listen, the music more like a full on rock band, Nickleback, Staind in style, brilliant, crescendo's of drums and guitars, brilliant.
Tracks 5 and 6 are 'mid album' weaker links, trying a little too hard to be 'anthems' competent, but not brilliant.
Give me the Novacaine is interesting enough and is quite a 'dark' ballad that works well and seems to gain a lot of audience participation at live events, I like this, I Like the lyrics and I like the madness of the guitar work which sits well in contrast with the laconic vocals, nice.
She's a Rebel is good old punk through and through, really reminds me of a whole heap of earlier punk bands, only a little more melodic than most, I love this, another get up and dance around song, chorus sticks in the head. Track 9 'Extraordinary Girl' is much of the same, melodic, energetic pop punk, it's okay, but nothing to write home about. Track 10, we have much of the same, only a little more energetic and maybe a bit harder in punk terms, funny though how it never quite has the shock and awe of original punk.
Wake me up when September ends, is to be, the best track on the album, yep American Idiot is a great track, but this pips it, why? Well I love the way the story of the song unfolds, I love the lyrics that are well thought out and I really love the complication of the composition that leaves it sounding paradoxically simple. There is a whole lot going on and from an almost acoustic ballad with sweet little triangle dings, we build to an almost full on rock/punk anthem. This song actually marks the band out as a very, very good band. Some of the guitar work is exceptional, great song, just great.
Homecoming is okay, not a patch on the last song, and borrows a riff from a British punk number though I cannot for the life of me place it. Likewise, the last track has a feel of 'I've heard this before', maybe it has a slight Nirvana quality about it too, not that impressed.
Apparently, this whole album was based on a fictitious character and follows a story, I dunno about that, to me the songs are pretty stand alone. This is a good album and at least three songs occupy a permanent place on my iPod, with a couple of others alternating. Tracks 1 and 11 will stand the test of time no doubt, I now have to listen to their new album a few times more to see if it grows on me like this one has.
~~Full Track listing~~
1. American Idiot
2. Jesus of Suburbia
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
11. Wake Me Up When September Ends
I love Green Day, always have and although some may say that this isn't clssic Green Day and that they have gone commercial I still love it. I think the best thing about this albumn is that you don't have to be a Green Day fan to love it and I think thats what music is all about, connecting with people, many different people. Whats not to love? American Idiot, She's a rebel (one of my favourites). It has everything from the energetic to the slow touching songs all of which extremely creative. I'm no expert critic as you probably can tell but I know what I like and think this album has something for everyone and shows a much maturer Green Day. The videos are fantastic too very creative and original. Particular like St Jimmy. This album can be picked up relatively cheap now from many online stores. If you like Green Day or not I think you should give it a go. The new album is pretty good too! (21st Century Breakdown)
I've been a fan of Green Day since the old Dookie days, but since buying this album I've been a huge fan. American Idiot is their seventh studio album and has a more mature sound then the albums that came before it. It is a little more mainstream than their previous works but the talent is still fantastic and the tracks incredibly catchy.
There are thirteen tracks on the album and they follow the fictional character "St Jimmy" who appears by name in a number of tracks. This theme ties the tracks in together really well. This character helps tell the story of the Rage vs Love theme that is present throughout, and eventually commits suicide. Billy Joe (the band's frontman) says that the suicide is a result of the Jesus of Suburbia's conformity to the "American Idiot" lifestyle. Green Day's usual political undertone is present throughout the album as you would expect from any of their works.
A couple of the tracks on the album (Jesus of Surburbia and Homecoming) are rock-operas, which are divided into sub-tracks but ultimately follow the St Jimmy and rage vs love theme). These tracks are the kind of brave step that Green Day are known for taking, and it is rare that a band could get away with such a bold step but they really pull it off on this album.
My personal favourite tracks on the album are "Letterbomb", "Wake me up when September Ends" and "Whatsername". A couple of the tracks such as "She's a Rebel" are a little too mainstream and do not sit comfortably on such a classic album, but there are very few songs that you need to skip on this album.
I would highly recommend this album - it's an absolute classic!
So, I reviewed Green Day's 'Dookie' and thought that I may as well review all of the other Green Day albums that I own aswell!
The following information about the band is copied from my Dookie review as I couldn't really change it but I feel that the information is still needed!
Green Day are an American punk trio from California, USA who have been together since 1987. The band are probably most well known for their memorable songs and lyrics voicing their various views on politics etc. American Idiot was their latest album. The members of the band are: Billy Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and Tre Cool. Over the years Green Day have released 7 Studio albums:
American Idiot (2004)
They have also released some compilation albums and some DVD's.
1. American Idiot
2. Jesus Of Suburbia
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
11. Wake Me Up When September Ends
I'm not really a fan of this album and I don't think that any of the songs are that great but here are a few that I can listen to without wanting to turn it off!
**2. Jesus Of Suburbia**
This song isn't bad, the lyrics are quite good and it's catchy but it's just lacking that Dookie magic in my opinion. The only bad thing that I would have to say about this particular track is that it is so long! It goes on for ages and I almost found myself getting bored! Almost, not quite though, I still think Green Day are brilliant. The whole of this album tells the story of a character and the trouble they go through so the lyrics fit into part of this story. My favourite lyrics are: "Dearly beloved are you listening? I can't remember a word that you were saying, are we demented or am I disturbed? The space that's in between insane and insecure". I would rate this song 7/10.
**7. Give Me Novacaine**
I liked this song because the start reminded me of 'Good Riddance' and I like the way that the chorus is quite different to the verses. Again, the lyrics, as always with Green Day, are very clever and they also fit into the story of American Idiot. I think that is you like songs like 'Macy's Day Parade' or 'Good Riddance' then chances are, you will like this track. My favourite lyrics from this track are: "Drain the pressure from the swelling, this sensation's overwhelming, give me a long kiss goodnight and everything will be alright, tell me that I wont feel a thing, so give me Novacaine". I would rate this song 6/10.
**11. Wake Me Up When September Ends**
Again, this song reminded me of tracks like 'Good Riddance' and 'Macy's Day Parade'. I like the way it starts off with a simple melody on the guitar then eases into the verse, Billy Joe's vocals are really good on this track. It's a slow, soft song compared to a lot of the album, definitely not a feel good track but still a good song. My favourite lyrics from this track are: "Here comes the rain again, falling from the stars, drenched in my pain again, becoming who we are, as my memory rests but never forgets what I lost, wake me up when September ends". I would rate this song 7/10.
Okay, I know that a lot of people will and do like this album, I'm not saying that it is not a good album because all of Green Day's music is good, this album just isn't to my taste! I like the way the whole album tells a story, I was just dissapointed with the way it became extremely mainstream and it just didn't sound like the Green Day I know and love. As always though the lyrics and vocals from Billy Joe are great! I would recommend this album but before purchasing this one I would suggest buying 'International Superhits' or one of the earlier Green Day albums, there isn't really a bad one so take your pick!
Thanks for reading!
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 American Idiot
2 Jesus Of Surburbia
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
11 Wake Me Up When September Ends