The unveiling of Green Day's first studio album in four years shows new set "American Idiot" to be rambunctious and focused.

The unveiling of Green Day's first studio album in four years shows new set "American Idiot" to be rambunctious and focused. The current social climate in the United States is the thread that weaves it together. It is exactly what the band needs to boost itself to the next level of pop-punk prowess. 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. Themes of alienation, paranoia and consumerism become as abundant as the band's signature three-chord melodies. But while exploring this new lyrical direction, bandmates Billie Joe Armstrong, Tré 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."—KK

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