American Idiot was an album that was controversial for Green Day it disappointed many long time fans but was a move in the right direction for the band. This review we will take a track by track look with a rating for each track and then do an overall summary.
American Idiot 8/10
The opening title track of the album let’s us know straight away we’re in for a more mature direction than any of their previous albums as they take a politically charged approach to the album.
Jesus of Suburbia 10/10
This nearly 8 minute song has been called “the modern day Bohemian Rhapsody” by the band and it is clear to see why. It has five different sections to the song and doesn’t sound like the same song throughout meaning it doesn’t get boring.
The song has a catchy guitar riff that plays now and again but the instrumentation isn’t that great apart from that. The song is also quite politically charged but overall pretty forgetful.
Boulevard of Broken Dreams 10/10
One of their songs that is often found on a list of top Green Day songs and it’s easy to see why. Billie Joe Armstrong sings about being lonely and its surprising emotional. The instrumention is really good on it with the intro of the song played on a guitar through a distortion and tremolo effect which gives it a rather unique sound. The verses are soft and thought provoking, the chorus then kicks in with its distorted riff and the same for the octave solo. It then ends with a heavy dark sounding jam between the bass, guitar and drums. The band has tried to copy the layout of this song with 21 Guns and Still Breathing.
Are We the Waiting 7/10
A very thought provoking song that’s great to chill out to with its slow tempo only complaint is it could be longer
St. Jimmy 5/10
This is the most “Green Day” sounding song on the album. A straight up pop punk tune with an emphasis on the punk sound.
Give me Novacaine 9/10
This is a song that is probably the most overlooked of any of Green Day’s discography. It has the same sort of layout as Boulevard of Broken Dreams with its soft verses and powerful chorus. Once again this showcases the writing of Billie Joe Armstrong at his best.
She’s a Rebel 3/10
This is a song made for being performed live and apart from that it doesn’t have much going for it the only track worth skipping.
Extraordinary Girl 6/10
The song starts with some Indian sounding procussion which may sound out of place coming from the “Welcome to Paradise” rockers but it suits the track very well. The song appears to be addressing a rather dysfunctional relationship.
Letterbomb continues from the previous track where the girl has sent a Letterbomb to her boyfriend to break up with him. Pretty catchy tune with some good lyrics.
Wake me up when September Ends 8/10
The saddest song they’ve ever released which was influenced by Billie Joe Armstrong’s Dad dying when he was just 10 years old. It starts with an acoustic guitar and is pretty simplistic. There is a glockenspiel plays now and again which works really well against the track.
If Jesus of Suburbia was too short for you this 9 minute song may do it for you. The only problem is it’s not exciting enough to last that long the song is all over the place and which it’s not bad it’s just not that exciting
An album closer is always hard for a band to choose from but for this album a great one was chosen. Whatsername talks about the Girl he sung about in She’s a Rebel (who’s name is never revealed). He wonders what she is up to now and although he can’t remember her but he still remembers the times he had with her and the memories will always remain.
As you can tell from each track review it is a mostly strong album and is essential for any Green Day fan as it was when they first started straying from their pop punk roots which was a much needed refresh for the band. This album does have a few pop punk songs, American Idiot, St. Jimmy and She’s a Rebel. It is more of an alternative rock sounding album. I would give the album a solid 7/10.
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