Green Day
American Idiot


2.5
average

Review

by Ian USER (106 Reviews)
November 8th, 2005 | 92 replies


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist


After gaining in massive popularity after the release of their multi-platinum album Dookie, Green Day released several albums that each sold less and less and eventually lost their mainstream status. After releasing a greatest hits album and having their recordings stolen everyone thought that Green Day would just fade away over time to never be heard from again, wrong. Having no idea Green Day was releasing a new album over a year ago; I was surprised to see the American Idiot video on VH1 Mega Hits (rip). Not only was I surprised to see that video I was surprised to hear a song from them that sounded like a punk-rock song. Another thing I was surprised about was the lyrics, obviously a political song and the same name of the album as well. I called my radio station and asked about a new Green Day record and the girl working there ridiculed me for not knowing about the new album, being released in less than a week. So I purchased American Idiot and was disappointed in it. After owning this album since the first week it came out I find it strange after all this time of me despising it and almost up to the point of even hating it. I find that I now actually like this a bit more than I used to. Despite finding it to be better than I had originally thought this album still has its ups and downs. The story is pretty weak to me and some songs are boring, but there is some good music on this cd and when I ignore the fact there is no creative musicianship on this record I find it to be slightly above average. Once again here is another edition of my three part chapter review I call The Good, The Bad (singles), and the rest of the Singles.


The Good-Letterbomb & Whatsername

Letterbomb is probably my favorite song on this album besides Jesus of Suburbia and is one of the few songs whose lyrics are good. Letterbomb should have been their second single instead of Boulevard of Broken Dreams. It is a consistent enough of a song to never get boring to me despite the lack of musicality. Whatsername should also have been a single replacing Holiday. It is another song that has good lyrics and doesnít get boring. Billie Joes vocals on this are soothing on this and I always would have this song with my playlist for when I would go to bed. The music is very slow on this song, but speeds up every now and then and gets faster halfway through the song and the music itself is very nice and relaxing. These songs arenít my favorites; that award goes to Jesus of Suburbia, but isnít on this part because it is the 5th single.


The Bad & The Singles-Holiday & American Idiot

Holiday is a song that every time I listen to it, it just gets more annoying. From the simple music and the ďHeys" which bother me also and the average guitar solo. Another part I disliked was the political line which I found to be completely immature even though I donít like Bush or his administration. Now as for American Idiot, when I first heard this I was intrigued by itís punk sound, but it soon became very repetitive and a bad representation of this album. Itís lyrics are okay to me, but the music gets boring after a while. The music is that same boring 3 chord guitar work that Iíve become bored with. If I had a choice as to what the first single would be it would probably have to be St. Jimmy.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Holiday Verse
"The representative from California has the floor"

Zieg Heil to the president gasman
Bombs away is your punishment
Pulverize the Eiffel towers
Who criticize your government
Bang bang goes the broken glass and
Kill all the fags that don't agree
Trials by fire, setting fire
Is not a way that's meant for me
Just cause, just cause, because we're outlaws yeah!

The Rest of the Singles-Boulevard of Broken Dreams, Wake Me Up When September Ends, & Jesus of Suburbia

Boulevard of Broken Dream, which is the second single, starts out quietly enough with an acoustic guitar with Billie Joe singing softly with some good lyrics. The simple guitar part, ĺ-8/6-ĺ-4 is a little nice thing in the background as well. At different points the song breaks down to some heavier guitar power chords in the chorus with the drums and bass in the background. There is generally nothing wrong with this song, but it is really just an average song. Wake Me Up When September Ends is a song about the death of Billie Joeís father dieing which is good reason enough that this song would be good because of Billieís inspiration from writing the song. Most of the song is quiet with Billie singing most of the time with some soft music in the background. The lyrics are alright, but when the music gets heavier Billieís voice stays quiet which is frustrating for me to listen to. However, that is my only complaint about the song. Jesus of Suburbia is the first nine-minute song on the album, which is also my favorite song that Green Day has ever written. Essentially the song is broken down into five parts. The first part is Jesus of Suburbia, the second part is City of the Damned, the third is I Donít Care, then the fourth one is Dearly Beloved, and the final fifth part is called Tales From Another Broken Home. Part 1 introduces the character Jesus of Suburbia and has some really nice music to it that I find enjoyable and lasts for a couple minutes before transitioning into the second part. Which describes his hometown and is my favorite part of the five part song. With some relaxing music and a cool chorus with some ďHeys" that actually donít bother me. The third part I Donít Care is more upbeat than the first two parts and generally repeats in music and in lyrics. Then has Billie Joe sing in his quick gruff voice with some bass and drums in the background. Soon after that it goes into the fourth part, Dearly Beloved, which is quieter and has some acoustic guitar in the background and some cool ďoohs" in the background. The last couple of minutes is Tales From Another Broken Home. Which is faster and more up beat than any of the other parts and is about the character Jesus of Suburbia running away from his home. This part has a quiet part as well with a soothing acoustic guitar that is nice. Overall for this song it is a classic and my favorite Green Day song ever.


Pros
+Features some of Green Days best songs
+Something different from Green Day

Cons
-Most songs that arenít really good are either bad or average
-Lyrics and story are sometimes stupid

Overall for this album I would have to say that this deserves an average rating because despite some really great songs on this it just doesnít make up for the bland feeling I get listening to most of these songs. If you havenít bought a Green Day album yet, I suggest you go with either Dookie or International Superhits just if you want to hear their singles only. Iím aware this is about the seventh review for this, but none of the reviews have really criticized this album therefore I decided to turn in a review with a different look at this album than the others. Leave feedback and your thoughts on the album thx.



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masada
November 8th 2005


2733 Comments


No.


NEDM
November 8th 2005


1113 Comments


No offense Kripes, but if I see another review of this...

I'm going postal.


PS - This is the 8th one for this album. It's SICK!

Storm In A Teacup
November 8th 2005


13149 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This isn't the eighth, it's the seventh review for it.

NEDM
November 8th 2005


1113 Comments


You're right, all those dashes by "also reviewed by..." got me confused.This Message Edited On 11.08.05

Jawaharal
November 8th 2005


1832 Comments


We should neg you for this.
but its a good review.

pulseczar
November 8th 2005


2385 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

mehhh, it's basically just another AI track by track review, which they are at least three of... it's a good review I guess, i don't see the point of splitting up the songs like that, why does it matter whether a song is a single in terms of quality? And in the pros & cons part, you never mention what's good and bad about the actual music, just what amount of songs are good or not.This Message Edited On 11.08.05

Storm In A Teacup
November 8th 2005


13149 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

[quote=Cheeto-t]We should neg you for this.
but its a good review.[/quote]


Please don't.

Everyone complains how they don't effing like this album and finally somebody doesn't praise it and you are all still mad.

DesolationRow
November 8th 2005


833 Comments


[quote= Cheeto] We should neg you for this.
but its a good review. [/quote]

Quoted for truth. Good review, and a varying opinion, but dammit, do we really need another review? Let's at least try to keep this one civilized...

masada
November 8th 2005


2733 Comments


I gave it a 3.


omg praise awekljrawrelkrj!!!!!!!!

Jawaharal
November 8th 2005


1832 Comments


too neg or not to neg.
That is the question.

NEDM
November 8th 2005


1113 Comments


If you got the impression that I thought it was a bad review, then you're mistaken.

It was good. :thumb:


Rudd13
November 8th 2005


952 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

While I admit that this is a really well-written review, another one of these is just not necessary. Theres better things out there to review, so please, enjoy...something else.

Let's not all be awestruck. Let's forget about this incident and move on with much better things.

http://adbusters.org/spoofads/food/babyfry/ad.jpg

So, heres a picture of a baby in a fench fry costume. Enjoy.

But really, Kripes, well done.

This Message Edited On 11.08.05

Zebra
Moderator
November 8th 2005


2647 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Good review, but I still prefer Hollands review and Superpeers review over this one.

NEDM
November 8th 2005


1113 Comments


http://ualuealuealeuale.ytmnd.com/


This site tells all!!!

goblue1098
November 8th 2005


61 Comments


ANOTHER AMERICAN IDIOT REVIEW!!!!!! ugh... one or two is enough, but are SEVEN reviews for one album, even for a good one, even neccesary? pretty good review though, gets my vote...letterbomb is the best song

Thor
November 8th 2005


10200 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

If this was the first review for this album I would have liked it, but since it's the seventh I can't stand reading it.

Storm In A Teacup
November 8th 2005


13149 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

^That offends me. Give it an effing chance. That is what I meant when I posted


[quote=Earlier]Everyone complains how they don't effing like this album and finally somebody doesn't praise it and you are all still mad.[/quote]


Electric City
Staff Reviewer
November 8th 2005


15743 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Good son. You have entered the realm of the wolves.

And I've seen better.

Doubt I'm going to make one for this and thus hit every Green Day Album...

Digging: Flying Lotus - You're Dead!

Storm In A Teacup
November 8th 2005


13149 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

[quote=Grateful Dead]I don't think this is one of your better reviews, Kripes.[/quote]

I know :upset:, but it beats the crap out of my first reviews when I started out.





Plus that All American Reject one, but lets not mention that.This Message Edited On 11.08.05

Med57
Moderator
November 8th 2005


1001 Comments


Not a bad review, although not one of your very best. Since I think we've covered all angles on this album, could I ask people not to submit any more reviews of it please? If people want to discuss it, there are plenty of places where you can now do so. I'll ask mx to give us the ability to block new reviews of a certain album in future, but in the meantime let's call it a day on reviews of American Idiot.



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