Relatable to the current political situation, sometimes government activity isn’t taken fondly by the American people. For some that are disgruntled with the government, they may protest or simply post a Facebook status, But Green Day made an entire album to speak out on their political beliefs. This is an album that holds a special place in my heart, as it was the first rock album that I fell in love with, and was my gateway drug into the genre. American Idiot was released in 2004, “inspired” by the Bush Administration and the war in Iraq. The trio got straight to the point with their opinions, diving right into the album with “American Idiot”. “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” displays the epitome of emo culture, and was the song that every kid thought they could relate to in 2005. “Wake Me Up When September Ends” takes an emotional turn in the album, as it is a song dedicated t Billie Jo Armstrong’s late father, with the song itself becoming ingrained in everyone’s mind. Altogether, this album was politically charged and powerfully written, even inspiring a Broadway musical to be produced from the album itself.

Review by Micaela Windom