Green Day – American Idiot

American Idiot is what every edgy teenager was thinking in the early noughties. We were growing up and started to believe we were seeing how the world was actually working. Blistering attacks on the government (for a Top 40 album, at least), thinly veiled references toward American cultural hypocrisy, and a protagonist who really wasn’t…

Blink-182 – Dude Ranch

Blink-182 is a band with whom one¬†grows up.1 “Dammit” is a fun four-chord pop punk single, but it hits a different note upon that first romantic break-up. The necessity of being alone – as hard as it may be – is outlined in “Waggy;” and adolescent tribulations between parents are discussed in “Dick Lips.” Dude…

Paramore – Paramore

Paramore’s 2013 self-titled release is a fantastic pop punk album with new wave influences, but it is bloated. With seventeen tracks in 63 minutes (not including two bonus tracks), there’s bound to be filler. It happens; no matter how good an artist is, it’s hard to keep the spell going on a long album. The…

Jimmy Eat World – Bleed American

Hard to believe that Bleed American1 was Jimmy Eat World’s fourth album after almost a decade of existence. The standout cuts are ebullient pop punk anthems that defy any semblance of age; the band was getting older, perhaps, but certainly not getting old. The songs are streamlined from windy predecessor Clarity, with an immaculate production…