The opening and title song starts out "Don't wanna be an American idiot." I knew instantly that I was going to love this record. And I do. It's certainly the best record that Green Day has made and it may be one of the best records that has come out this year.
Like all great records (London Calling, Joshua Tree, etc) the first four or five songs just get better and better. It makes you listen to the whole record, which is becoming a lost art.
But make no mistake. Green Day is a punk rock band and this is a punk rock record.
But it's also a rock opera, concept album, or whatever term you want to use.
If you like rock and can take driving punk from time to time, get this record.