Album of the Day
The phenomenally successful DOOKIE proved that the members of Green Day knew how to write great songs, but rock history is littered with groups who made a big initial splash and then vanished. AMERICAN IDIOT proved that the Bay Area pop-punk trio was a band headed for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Of course the 2004 collection has the requisite catchy singles: “Boulevard Of Broken Dreams,” “Holiday,” “Wake Me Up When September Ends,” “Jesus Of Suburbia” and the title track. And it was a big hit, reaching No.1 on the U.K. album chart and following suit in the U.S. But this Who-like rock opera is much more than the sum of its parts; AMERICAN IDIOT engages the post-9/11 political and cultural landscape with surprising insight and passion. But don't be an American idiot today – make sure to vote before the polls close!