Modern punk rock heroes Green Day return with their first album of original material in four years. American Idiot sets its sights stratosphere-high and the result is one of the most enigmatic and controversial albums of the year. Scathing yet self-effacing, polished yet raw, Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong has created a punk epic that unflinchingly comments on America. This band that perfected the art of the three-minute punk track, spits at the notion with "Jesus of Suburbia," which is nine minutes and comes in five parts, and "Homecoming," also over nine minutes and in five parts. Lyrical content and themes include suicide, self-medication, media saturation, revolution, liberation, the apocalypse...and much more. A punk rock Sgt. Pepper? Listen to the more than 60 minutes plus of the fearless American Idiot on The Leak a full week before it raids record stores and see for yourself. As with most rock operas, it's best to listen to the entire album from start to finish in one sitting.
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