American Idiot is Green Day's latest album, loved commercially, loved by the hardcore fans, loved by just about everyone. This album is poetic and at the same time just plain rocks, which, if you know the work of Green Day, is something that they often easily achieve. It tells the story of Jesus of Suburbia and St. Jimmy, who may or may not be the same person, Whatsername, the seductive and destructive woman in their lives, and their combined outrage at the political state of the world, the choices that they are being forced to make, and the mundane life they are being forced to live, until that in itself becomes destructive, and tears the three apart. For all the singles stand strong on their own, the album is powerful when listened to as a whole. I can't hear 'Holiday' without hearing the opening notes of 'Boulevard of Broken Dreams' creeping in on its tail. Musically, this album is something else, a new day of Green. To even try and compare this album to any other, even songs as beautiful as Macy's Day Parade or Waiting, is almost impossible. Billie Joe Armstrong has raised the bar on lyrics, and his own abilities as a singer, creating an album that, as I may have mentioned, both rocks like hell and also raises personal questions about the way we live, the way we view the establishment, censorship, and politics. It's hard for me to choose a favourite on the album, but I have to say, when I was considering whether to buy the album, it was the song 'Are We The Waiting?', when I heard it on VH1 storytellers, that absolutely convinced me. And you know what? It was the best thing I ever did.