Holy shit, American Idiot came out in 2004? I remember buying that album in sixth grade. It was the first CD I ever owned.
The record is good. More consistent than Uno and Dos put together. It does lack punch though, and I don't like it as much as any of their pre-trilogy material; but for what it is, it's the best of the three records.
you feel old? I was just starting my first semester of college when I bought that. I remember I HAD to buy it, I refused to pirate it or stream it beforehand. It made it so much better.