Green Day
American Idiot


5.0
classic

Review

by USER (2 Reviews)
October 18th, 2005 | 105 replies


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist


Alright, a lot of you are probably thinking what? Another American Idiot review! Well, I feel I need to explain the story also.

As we all know this a concept album. It tells the story of the Jesus of Suburbia his hatred of his hometown (Jingle Town) and the various characters he meets on his journey away from home. The album has an overall political message and certain songs, such as Holiday, are very political. However, despite what most people think the entire album isn't political.

This is Green Day at their lyrical and musical best. And is a very personal album to them. The album is loosely based on the life of Billie Joe Armstrong. Musically Green Day have surpassed anything they've done before. They still use simple power chords, but in new and different ways, and now take full advantage of many of the effects on their instruments.

The album opens with...
AMERICAN IDIOT a song about how the media controls the way we think. It's a perfect opener and sets the stage for the rest of the album. It's basically a call out by the Jesus of Suburbia about his life in his media controlled town and how there is not one thing he can do about it.
It’s a very angry opener and contains some pretty catchy riffs. About how the media controls the way we think. 4/5

JESUS OF SUBURBIA is a song with five different transitions. Part I: The Jesus of Suburbia is basically an introduction to the character, who he is, and his life at home with his mom and stepfather Brad. Part II: City of the Damned describes Jingle Town, Jesus' home town. It expalins why he hates it so much. From his job at the 7-11 to all the shopping mall, it's basically described as a dump where children walk the street homeless and nobody seems to care. Part III: I Don't Care is pretty self-explanatory. Jesus of Suburbia just doesn't care anymore because nobody else does and is sick and tired of living with all the hypocrites in his town. Part IV: Dearly Beloved is supposed to be like Jesus is writing a letter. He's contemplating whether or not to leave town or not and whether or not it's a good idea to or not. Part V: Tales of Another Broken Home is all about his decision to run away. Anywhere must be better than where he is right now. So he runs away, leaving behind all the lies he was fed growing up and never looks back.
This is a great song and quite a change from Green Day’s older songs. The different parts blend perfectly with each other 4.5/5

HOLIDAY the next track is about Jesus’ life on the run. He's having a blast and starting protests. Even the term holiday is another word for vacation. He's enjoying himself but not for long.
Good song that suffered from excessive airplay. The song is very political and may not appeal to certain people. It has catchy riffs and pretty decent lyrics. 4/5

BOULEVARD OF BROKEN DREAMS starts up right after Holiday. Jesus has been walking for sometime now and has made it to a new town. He's all alone and no one even acknowledges him. It's as if all he had before is gone, his dreams are shattered. There's no one with him and he walks alone... Another song to have suffered from too much over exposure. This song may not appeal to a lot of people who don’t really like poppy songs. Nothing too special about this song. There are a lot of better songs on this album. 3/5

ARE WE THE WAITING is next. In this song Jesus is starting to loose it. He's starting to believe that even his own life is a lie and maybe leaving home was for nothing. He screams out for help and is soon answered.
A different kind of song as the chorus is sung with everyone singing. Simple guitar work, basic drumming. 3/5

ST. JIMMY comes to the rescue. He is the albums anti-hero. He makes friends with the Jesus of Suburbia. This song is all about Jimmy and how he's the badass of the town. He'll shoot you down if you look at him wrong. Needless to say he isn't the best influence in Jesus’ life. On a side note, it is also possible that St. Jimmy is the same person as Jesus and this might explain the rage and love parts of his life. It’s mainly the listeners opinion on how to interpret this character.
Fast and angry, this song is reminiscent of Green Day’s older work. Guitar is nothing special but is a good punk song none the less. 5/5

GIVE ME NOVACAINE is about how Jimmy introduces drugs to Jesus. Novacaine is his word usage for drugs. He tries them so he can get rid of the pain in his life. By the end of the song you begin to feel that he's starting to enjoy the drugs and become addicted.
With a kind of Hawaiian feel this is a strange song. The chorus kicks in loud and quickly softens again at the verse. Decent song in it’s own right. 3.5/5

SHE'S A REBEL is about Jesus’ first glimpse of Whatsername, the girl he falls in love with. She's a rebel as the title suggests. She's everything that Jesus could want because she is just like him.
Another great song reminiscent of their older work. Picks up right after Give Me Novacaine. Catchy riffs and a fast tempo make this one of the albums shortest songs. 4.5/5

EXTRAORDINARY GIRL delves more deeply into whatsername revealing her true emotions, it doesn't need to be here but it helps in some way.
With a kind of African drum opener, this song breaks into a melo love song. It’s not depressing but the guitar sounds really strange. Not a bad song but not the best song either. 3.5/5

LETTERBOMB is meant to be Jesus reading a letter sent by Whatsername. The opening “Nobody likes you…" is Whatsername mocking Jesus. She breaks up with him explaining that Jimmy has corrupted Jesus and turned him into the kind of person he’s always hated. Everything has turned upside down again for Jesus.
Best song on the album. This track contains some good guitar work. Slightly different than other songs on the album, it kind of reminds me of Nimrod. Great song. 5/5

WAKE ME UP WHEN SEPTEMBER ENDS is a song about the death of Billie Joe’s father who died in September 1982. Album wise Jesus is all alone again, he’s lost his one true love, all his friends and is basically back where he started. All the innocence that he once had is gone now and he just feels dead inside.
Another poppy song. This song has some decent guitar work but what it gains musically it lacks lyrically. The same lines are repeated over and over again. Not a the greatest song. 3/5

HOMECOMING is another five part song. Now that he’s lost all his friends and everyone he used to care about, what’s left to do? Go home. Part I: The Death of St. Jimmy. Jesus realizes that he’s no better off now than he was when he first left home. He listened to Jimmy and got nothing in return, except a loss of innocence. Jimmy is dead, at least to him. Still, there’s no one who really cares about Jesus. Part II: East 12th Street. Jesus gets a job and lives his life like any other person. He wants to be out hanging with his friends “the underbelly". He can’t stand this life anymore and decides it’s time to get out of there. Part III: Nobody Likes You. Jesus is still upset over his breakup with Whatsername and continues to wait for her to come back. Her final word still linger, like a broken record is his mind “Nobody likes you, everyone left you, they’re all out with out you having fun." Part IV: Rock &Roll Girlfriend. A letter is sent to Jesus by his pal Tunny that he met on the street. Tunny explains how is life is so much better now even though he’s still living his old rebel life. He tells Jesus to stay off his case because he chose to live his new life with a dead end job. Part V: We’re Coming Home Again. Friendless now, Jesus decides it’s time to accept things. He realizes now that things weren’t so bad where he used to live and goes back to Jingle Town. He’s still not entirely happy but feels good because he’s still alive.
Another epic. This song far surpasses JOS in every way. The guitar work is much better and in my opinion has much more going on in it than JOS. 5/5

WHATSERNAME Still regretting his loss of his one true love, he begins to wonder what ever happened to her. He doesn’t regret his journey, in fact he knows that he learned much from it. He tries to forget Whatsername because of all the pain she put him through.
Kind of a strange ending. It leaves you off with a feeling of wanting more. The song its self isn’t bad but it leaves the rock opera off on the wrong tone. 4/5

This review was meant to be an explanation of the albums story. It seemed that no one else wanted to take the time to tell the story, so I did. The highlights include.

American Idiot
Jesus of Suburbia
Holiday
St. Jimmy
She’s a Rebel
Letterbomb
Homecoming

While I may have rated some of the songs too low to reflect my score the album gets a 5 because it was an attempt at something new, unlike some punk bands who make the same stuff over and over again. Please tell me if this was any good as it is my first review.


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innerdark
October 18th 2005


749 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this is the best eview for this because you are the ONLY reviewer to go below the surface and tell the story as it's supposed to be told and not in a half-assed way

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
October 19th 2005


15743 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Excellent Review man. Keep writing!!!!

masada
October 20th 2005


2733 Comments


Completely unecessary and redundant review, but it's well written, for a first. I've started to dislike this album the more I listen to it, and it has dropped in my ratin 1.5 points since I first listened to it.

[quote=IamHoppus]this is the best eview for this because you are the ONLY reviewer to go below the surface and tell the story as it's supposed to be told and not in a half-assed way[/quote] You know what? The story doesn't really matter that much in the whole scheme of albums. Sure it has to do with the lyrical concept of some of the album, but the point of a review isn't to tell a story, but to offer an unbiased as possible (though everyone is biased in some way) perspective of an album convincin people to check it out or informing them.This Message Edited On 10.20.05

goblue1098
October 27th 2005


61 Comments


wow-amazing review. out of all the american idiot reviews, you tod the actuall story, straight from the mind of billy joe armstrong. he is a genius songwirter to come up with such a great and fantastic plot and you perfectly captured it in this reveiw - total compliments to you - best review ive read by far

Cravinov13
October 27th 2005


3854 Comments


Overrated band, overrated album

Storm In A Teacup
October 27th 2005


13221 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I don't know if this even really counts as a review, seeing as you talk hardly any about the actual songs.

Laafe
October 27th 2005


347 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Green day has had better a better album. there are a lot of crap songs such as are we the waiting, shes a rebel, and extraordinary girl. these might have not seemed so bad if on another album, but the rest of the songs are so supperior that it makes them seem like trash. the second problem with green day is radio. they play their songs so much you gag when holiday or boulevard comes on. but jesus and homecoming are probably the best thing to come out of green day. the problem is it doesnt have bad songs compared to their past work but they are not on the same level as american idiot.

Laafe
October 27th 2005


347 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

alright review too. it was a little redundant:
The album opens with...
AMERICAN IDIOT a song about how the media controls the way we think. It's a perfect opener and sets the stage for the rest of the album. It's basically a call out by the Jesus of Suburbia about his life in his media controlled town and how there is not one thing he can do about it.
It’s a very angry opener and contains some pretty catchy riffs. About how the media controls the way we think. 4/5

well maybe REALLY redundant

SafetyInSolitude
October 30th 2005


16 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Very good review, for a very good album.

I still like most of Green Day's older stuff, but I enjoyed the underlying story of this album.

Chilly-Bean-Bop
October 31st 2005


344 Comments


[quote="rawr rawr"]Can't say I care for you too much either. Oh, and thanks for being completely rude and ruining an otherwise pretty decent comment page. Everyone else had something constructive to say, why couldn't you?[/quote]

You rated almost every song a 5/5. And this album could never be a 5/5.

And I didn't ruin the comment page. :rolleyes:

kolzig33189
October 31st 2005


335 Comments


way way way too biased. no way a 5.

Chilly-Bean-Bop
November 3rd 2005


344 Comments


[quote="slappy person"]Ummm.... No. I definately only rated 3 out of the 13 tracks with 5/5. Obviously you can't either read or count.[/quote]

Ahem, but that is why I said almost.
And you think I can't read?

I meant to state that a lot of the songs were rated almost 5/5. Sorry for the confusion. This Message Edited On 11.04.05

Storm In A Teacup
November 4th 2005


13221 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Damrod has cleaned out some of the comments in this review because they were pretty much either spam or immature posting. Don't make him have to do this again on here please. Just because this thread hasn't had as much spam as Superseers review for this does not mean you can spam this American Idiot thread up. I may not be a mod, but I will make sure that heads roll if this continues. This goes for all of the Green Day-American Idiot reiviews on this site. Do not argue about pointless things either, such as "Green Day sucks now because they are sellouts". It is not permitted.

Thor
November 4th 2005


10202 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Thank you Damrod for doing us such a much favor.

Digging: Black Crown Initiate - The Wreckage of Stars

Chilly-Bean-Bop
November 4th 2005


344 Comments


That was my fault. Sorry for that. :upset:

innerdark
November 9th 2005


749 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

[quote=kripes]Damrod has cleaned out some of the comments in this review because they were pretty much either spam or immature posting...[/quote]

yes, try and keep this to a minimum because you will get a ban *speaks from experience*


AtTheDriveIn198d
November 9th 2005


158 Comments


2nd try
still a good review. i need to hear the whole album frm what i've heard seems alright. part of jesus of suburbia is derf a rip off from summer of '69.

innerdark
November 9th 2005


749 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this is a good album,, listen to homecoming...

Jawaharal
November 9th 2005


1832 Comments


I listened to this again today, and Whatshername was the only good song :/

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
November 18th 2005


15743 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I listened again today, and i must say, it loses its replay value (After the 20th time, but still). I cant stand any of the singles anymore. Lettebomb, Homecoming, and Whatsername are still the best though, and How can u not love St. Jimmy?



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