Like the rest of Western Civilization, I overrated Green Day’s American Idiot when it came out in 2004, and have spent the subsequent decade underrating it.
On one hand, it’s easily their best — or at least, most consistent — studio album. On the other hand, it’s pretty much overwhelmed the rest of their career, and that past decade has seen Billie Joe Armstrong either embracing it — the Broadway musical or the 21st Century Breakdown album — or trying to figure out how to make people forget it, as in the Uno!, Dos! & Tre! records.