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Artist: Green Day
Album: American Idiot
Released: Europe, 4 Oct 2004


A1American Idiot2:54
A2Jesus Of Suburbia(9:07)
A2aJesus Of Suburbia
A2bCity Of The Damned
A2cI Don't Care
A2dDearly Beloved
A2eTales Of Another Broken Home
B4Boulevard Of Broken Dreams4:20
B5Are We The Waiting2:42
B6St. Jimmy2:54
C7Give Me Novacaine3:25
C8She's A Rebel2:00
C9Extraordinary Girl3:34
C11Wake Me Up When September Ends4:44
D12aThe Death Of St. Jimmy
D12bEast 12th St.
D12cNobody Likes You
D12dRock And Roll Girlfriend
D12eWe're Coming Home Again

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"American Idiot," released in 2004, is a pivotal album by American punk rock band Green Day. It marks a significant shift in the band's musical direction and thematic focus, distinguishing itself from their earlier work with its ambitious concept and more polished sound. This album, a rock opera, narrates the story of a young American, Jesus of Suburbia, and his disillusionment with the socio-political landscape of the early 21st century America. "American Idiot" is not only a critical and commercial success but also a cultural landmark that resonates with the frustrations and aspirations of a generation.

The title track, "American Idiot," sets the tone for the album with its high-energy, punk rock sound and politically charged lyrics. The song critiques the media-saturated culture of the United States and the political apathy of the era. Its raw, catchy sound and rebellious spirit immediately capture the listener's attention, making it a quintessential Green Day anthem.

One of the album's highlights is the nine-minute, five-part epic "Jesus of Suburbia." This ambitious track showcases the band's growth as musicians and songwriters, blending various musical styles and shifting tempos to tell a cohesive narrative. Each part of the song delves into different aspects of the protagonist's life, painting a vivid picture of suburban disillusionment and youthful angst.

"Holiday" is another standout track, known for its infectious melody and sharp social commentary. The song's energetic rhythm and incisive lyrics address the political climate of the time, particularly the United States' involvement in the Iraq War. "Holiday" is a powerful expression of the band's political engagement and a significant moment in the album's narrative.

"Boulevard of Broken Dreams," one of the album's most famous tracks, offers a more introspective look at the theme of isolation and longing. Its memorable melody and sing-along chorus resonate with a sense of loneliness and disconnection, reflecting the inner struggles of the album's central character.

The production of "American Idiot" plays a crucial role in its impact. Producer Rob Cavallo, who had worked with Green Day on earlier albums, helps the band achieve a sound that is both polished and raw. The album's clear, dynamic production enhances its narrative quality, bringing the story of Jesus of Suburbia to life.

"American Idiot" also stands out for its cohesive concept and storytelling. The album's structure, with its recurring characters and interwoven themes, represents a bold departure from traditional punk rock albums. This narrative approach not only provides a framework for the songs but also adds depth to the album's commentary on American culture and politics.

In conclusion, "American Idiot" is a landmark album in Green Day's career and in the broader landscape of rock music. It represents a successful reinvention for the band, combining their punk roots with a more ambitious and theatrical approach. The album's critique of American society, combined with its powerful storytelling and memorable melodies, resonates with audiences across the world. "American Idiot" not only defined a generation but also cemented Green Day's status as one of the most influential rock bands of their time.

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