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Green Day5 Green Day, American Idiot
Punks turn political

We can say it, we have never really been big Green Day fans. They brought back the punk-pop sound in the late 90s that spanned a bunch of following (and not as good bands) but just have never really jumped up at us. American Idiot is a disc that transcends genres and is a modern day opera. Here Green Day takes a more political view and actually have something worth saying. Here is to hoping that they continue with plans and due the American Idiot concept movie.

Best Songs: "Jesus Of Suburbia," "Boulevard Of Broken Dreams," & "St. Jimmy"

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American Idiot American Idiot
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u24 U2, How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
Legends return to claim their throne

THE biggest band in the world have done it again. After reviving their career, u2 has once again taken their sound back to its simplest form and have crafted a great CD. For the first time since probably Joshua Tree, Bono wears his heart on his sleeve with some of his most obvious lyrics dealing with the loss of his father. The thing though is Bono and u2 are so good that it is crafted in a way that allows the user to feel and apply the emotions given to their own experiences. The true best band in the world.

Best Songs: "Vertigo," "Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own," & "All Because Of You"

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How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
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Snow Patrol3 Snow Patrol, Final Straw
Irish rockers storm the US

Here is what you do, you take a page from the book of u2 and expand on it. Many have tried but few have succeeded like Snow Patrol does here. Snow Patrol has been around for a couple of years but have finally broke through with Final Straw. The disc opens with a quick punch that draws you in and does not let up from there. With big hooks and lush melodies, Snow Patrol has also seemingly brought back the power balled with "Run". Hell that alone is a reason to love these Irish rockers.

Best Songs: "Spitting Games," "Chocolate," & "Run"

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Final Straw Final Straw
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Contraband2 Velvet Revolver, Contraband
Rock comes back with attitude

Once we heard that Scott Weiland (ex-STP) was hooking up with the guys from Guns n' Roses (Slash, Duff, & Matt Sorum) as well as David Kushner (ex-Waisted Youth); we absolutely could not wait to hear it. Needless to say, it did not disappoint. Following in the heals of last year's reformed supergroup (Audioslave), Velvet Revolver does something that has been missing for a long time, they have brought the attitude back to Rock n' Roll. Take the great musicianship of Guns n' Roses, including an expanded dose by Matt Sorum whose great background vocals accentuates

Best Songs: "Sliver," "Fall to Pieces," & "Loving the Alien"

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Contraband Contraband
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