Blink-182
Buddha


4.0
excellent

Review

by dub sean USER (37 Reviews)
July 31st, 2007 | 35 replies


Release Date: 1994 | Tracklist

Review Summary: blink-182's raw efforts in Buddha give them some shining lyrics and memorable musicianship. Don't be thrown off by the fact that they later became radio stars, Buddha shows a completely different side of these California pop-punkers.

Before Mark, Tom, and Travis were playing in huge arenas, Mark, Tom, and Scott were playing in Tom's basement. Before What's My Again and All The Small Things filled the radio, Carousel was blink-182''s gem. Before Tom had enough nerve to create the "best band in the world," Angels & Airwaves, he was an 18 year old kid playing distorted punk riffs and making fart jokes.

Buddha was blink-182's first attempt in a studio. Recorded over three rainy nights, with a very sick Mark Hoppus, Buddha was originally released on a limited cassette tape with no title and a big picture of Buddha on the front. However, in 1995, Kung Fu records agreed to remix and remaster the album and release Buddha on a disc. The inside front cover reads, "Please enjoy this whimsical journey back to our humble beginnings." And while Buddha may not be exactly whimsical, it is no doubt incredibly enjoyable.

One of the great things about Buddha is that the music is completely unrestrained. It is the way Mark, Tom, and Scott played it, no keyboards or synth backing them up. This is raw blink-182. Tom's screeching voice is completely untamed and Mark, well, he sounds pretty much the same. Scott is relentlessly banging the drums as if there is no tomorrow. Listen to the opening track, Carousel. Tell me that isn't some amazing drum work. Oh, I almost forgot the best part about all this. Tom is actually good at guitar! It's hard to believe, but if you hear My Pet Sally or the rolling Romeo & Rebecca, you may come to this shocking realization. Most importantly, listen to the guitar solo in Reebok Commercial. That's right, a guitar solo in a blink-182 song. While Mark does have his shining moment in Carousel, his bass work on the rest of the album is sadly unnoticeable and bland. This is not saying it is weak or bad, only that his bass blends into the background, providing a backdrop from Tom and Scott to paint their beautiful murals upon. Clearly, blink was much more focused on the music in their earlier days.

It seems that where Buddha lacks in musicianship, it makes up with captivating lyrics. T.V., obviously about television, has some of Mark's fastest, catchiest lines. Reebok Commercial tells a story about a boy being brought up with no money, compared to the rich girl he loves. The Girl Next Door tells yet another tale of a girl who lives a boring, dull life where she does the same thing every day, eventually leading to her suicidal drowning. Although this song is a Screeching Weasel cover, it is one of the shining moments of Buddha.

Though there are times when each individual member of blink takes time to show off their personal skill, Buddha's best moments are those when each member comes together to meld their sounds into the best songs on the album. The bass into in Carousel leads up to one of the best tracks on Buddha. Carousel is an all-out pop-punk thrash with fast, screaming lyrics and great musicianship by all three members. 21 Days is another standout track. The rolling bass intro with clean electric guitars playing along leads up to the love story sung out by Tom. Thanks to the lyrics, The Girl Next Door is easily one of the songs on Buddha you will be singing along to every time you hear it. The addictive guitar riff and chorus of, "Every day's the same." is hauntingly catchy. The upbeat, bumbling Time is the final gem you will find on Buddha. The poppy, almost reggae-esque intro leads to Mark's howling song about not having to worry about time. While there isn't one bad or intolerable song on Buddha, there is a clear line between the standout, great tracks and the forgettable, yet catchy rest of the album.

Although blink-182's future would be filled with fart jokes and annoying choruses of "na-na-na-na-na-na....," Buddha shows a different side of the band. Here, we get to see what the boys are like when they're not surrounded by thousands of topless teenage girls. We hear the raw, screeching blink-182 that is begging to be recognized and make it big. Although they eventually did "go big" it may not have been for the better. I'll let you decide.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
dub sean
July 31st 2007


980 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I thought the other review was really weak, so I did my own.

LifeInABox
July 31st 2007


3709 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I love this album so much. 21 Days is so amazing.

nickpcharrette
July 31st 2007


110 Comments


i haven't heard much of this.... good review

i might pick it up?

Willie
Moderator
July 31st 2007


16019 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I'm not into it at all... Tom's vocals are horrible here... and remixed & remastered didn't seem to make the sound any better either.

Digging: Skrew - Universal Immolation

LifeInABox
July 31st 2007


3709 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0


TV is my favorite song
Porbably one of the worst songs on the album. I will whore 21 Days until I die. Song is amazing.

LifeInABox
July 31st 2007


3709 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Girl Next Door cover is cool too.

emogangstascotty
July 31st 2007


472 Comments


The songs are much better on Chersie *sp* Cat, like Carousel!


dub sean
August 1st 2007


980 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The songs are much better on Chersie *sp* Cat, like Carousel!


No they're not. Carousel has that stupid, pointless guitar intro and doesn't have the same vocals or intensity as the Buddha version.

and it's Chesire Cat...you were way off bud.This Message Edited On 08.01.07

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
August 1st 2007


4927 Comments


ummm right.

This Message Edited On 08.01.07

dub sean
August 1st 2007


980 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

right.

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
August 1st 2007


4927 Comments


oh and the first sentence is kind of awkward.

"Before Mark, Tom, and Travis were playing in huge arenas, Mark, Tom, and Scott were playing in Tom's basement."

mainly because Scott was the old drummer I guess, but still, you change the name like he has played in a big arena as well. That's just me on that matter.

Also, anytime you mention Blink-182, I think proper form would be to capitalize the B and include the full title. Just some helpful tips ;)This Message Edited On 08.01.07

dub sean
August 1st 2007


980 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

well technically it's blink-182

They are never labeled as Blink-182 on any album [and I have them all].
It always says blink-182..so that's what I'm going with.

Fort23
August 1st 2007


2475 Comments


Excellent review, good album, though there self titled is my favorite right now. You should be approved by now man.

dub sean
August 1st 2007


980 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

eh it doesn't really matter...mods can take their time.

LifeInABox
August 1st 2007


3709 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Cheshire was better because the Romeo and Rebecca was better, it had Ben Wah Balls, Cacophony, Wasting Time, and a better version of Strings, but Buddha has 21 Days, the Girl Next Door cover, and the bass in Carousel was better in tone. The Toast & Bannanas in CC was also better, so overall, Cheshire Cat wins.

dub sean
August 1st 2007


980 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

That's your opinion ;)
Chesire gives me a headache everytime I listen to it

LifeInABox
August 1st 2007


3709 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

*Cheshire

dub sean
August 1st 2007


980 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

haha ok ok ok whatever

LifeInABox
August 1st 2007


3709 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I lol'd where you said that dude was way off, and you spelled it wrong too :lol:

dub sean
August 1st 2007


980 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

huh?



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