American Idiot review by Green Day

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  • Released: Sep 21, 2004
  • Sound: 9
  • Lyrics: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.7 Superb
  • Users' score: 7.7 (908 votes)
Green Day: American Idiot

Sound — 9
This is an awesome album from an awesome band. This album is unique in that there is not a single bad song on it. However some of the songs are set at an insanely loud recording volume, so they sound like crap when played too loud, but other than that the sound is perfect. The instruments blend very well but typical of most rock songs the bass is almost inaudible.

Lyrics — 10
Billie Joe Armstrong is not known for being a good singer, and his voice is very unique, however he knows how to control it and modify it for the song. For example, on the title track, he sings in a relatively high register, with lots of anger in it, while on Wake me up when september ends, he is practically crooning. His lyrics are awesome and the story the album tells is awesome.

Overall Impression — 10
This album is awesome. There aren't any bad songs. However the song "Boulevard Of Broken Dreams" is a little boring but they do it very well live. I give this 5 stars. The album is about a teenager named Jimmy, who is the Jesus of Suburbia, the savior of all the rebels in his hometown, which is identified as Jingletown, USA. He is sick of his hometown so he goes to the city. He goes around the city looking for fun but ultimately ends up alone and unsure of his place and life, and if he really is the Jesus of Suburbia, which leads him to do drugs and become St Jimmy. Then he meets a rebel girl who is known as what'sername, her real name is never revealed. Towards the end of the album St Jimmy "dies". He doesn't actually die. St Jimmy is actually the Jesus of Suburbia when he's high. When St Jimmy "dies" its Jimmy (the Jesus of Suburbia) quitting drugs. He tries to get a job in the city but it doesn't work, so he decides to get out. He makes it home, but sadly, he loses his connection with what'sername.

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