Punk trio Green Day returns rambunctious and focused on "American Idiot," its first studio album in four years. Songs like "Holiday," "Jesus of Suburbia" -- a nine-minute opus in five parts, which is a first for a group that usually wraps things up in just three minutes -- and the title track are chock-full of political commentary.
Indeed, themes of alienation, paranoia and consumerism become as abundant as the band's signature three-chord melodies. But while exploring this new lyrical direction, Billie Joe Armstrong, Tre Cool and Mike Dirnt embrace the neuroses and introspection found in previous albums, particularly on such cuts as "Whatsername" and "Wake Me Up When September Ends."
"American Idiot" is the follow-up to 2000's "Warning," which debuted at No. 4 on The Billboard 200 and has sold more than 1 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The group will be on tour in North America throughout the fall.