Blink-182
Enema of the State


4.5
superb

Review

by Jerrydavidson USER (7 Reviews)
December 24th, 2007 | 33 replies


Release Date: 1999 | Tracklist

Review Summary: What's my age again? What's my age again?

I hadn't heard of any punk music until I was eleven years old. So growing up in the nineties, I missed things like Green Day, The Offspring, or Rancid for that matter. Well, a close friend of my brother's left a burnt cd at our house after spending the night. My brother and I popped the cd into his computer. On It were several songs, ranging from Relient K, Weird Al, and then...Blink 182. Never hearing any punk music whatsoever, I fell in love with these songs. The lyrics were fun, catchy, and offensive. A great break from some of the contemporary religious stuff we always listened to at the time. Reliant K's "Sadie's Hawkins Dance" was great, but Blink 182's "All the Small Things" was incredible. The cd had four songs from this album, the singles, as well as "The Party Song". My first dose of Blink 182 and I would never forget it.

"Enema of the State" is where the band took a cue from their previous single "Dammit", and learned to write songs in that similar format. The album's lyrics are indeed juvenile with tales of sex, parties, girls, pranks, etc. However, occasionally the band will surprise you with songs about, say suicide and growing up. Most of these instances are songs written by Mark than those by Tom. Some say the lyrics are terrible. Looking from where they see it, I agree. However, Blink 182 was obviously writing for teens and wanting to have a good time. The songs accomplish this goal perfectly.

The album begins strong with "Dumpweed". A track that reminds me of "Dammit" with its intro riff. A great way to start the album off and a sign of what's to come. The song tells of a girl Tom can't handle and how we would like to have one he “...can train”. Those not accustom to Blink 182 will get their first dose of Tom's voice. It is an acquired taste and takes time to get used to. Some describe it as whiny and high pitched, but given a chance, he becomes a very catchy voice to listen to.

The next two songs are fun and short and showcases the band's juvenile writing. “Aliens Exist” is actually about aliens, but is a fan-favorite and a catchy number by Tom. “Don't Leave Me” is by Mark and is surprisingly about a girl about to leave him. The lyrics to these are cheesy and simple, but very effective and quickly become great sing-a-longs.

“Going away to College”, “Adam's Song”, and “Wendy Clear” are Mark's more mature offerings. “Going away to College is about growing up and Mark leaving a girl behind. “Adam's Song” is a favorite and marks a great progression for the band. A piano is even thrown in near the end for a great emotional effect. The song tells of suicide and was reportedly written for one of the band's fans. “Wendy Clear” is about moving on and watching a past girl friend being with a guy that's a jerk. Mark's songs add a lot to the album and shows a side of the band that wouldn't be fully developed until their self-titled album in 2004.

“All the Small Things” was Blink's biggest hit and you can pretty much see why. The bridge arrangement is the highlight here and climaxes the song in a very strong way. However, I preferred the other singles to this. “What's My Age Again” is a great tune, and addresses that they in fact, don't act their age. Interesting the band knows this, but they don't care.

“Mutt” and “The Party song” are the other favorites of mine. “Mutt” is about hormone-driven sex to put it blankly and was used in the American Pie movie. I find the song addresses the issue in an extremely honest way. “The Party Song” is a song I've known for a very long time. Very unique, in the fact the verses are thrown out rapidly by Mark, but he slows down for the chorus. The song offers a warning to guys about some party girls you shouldn't approach.

“Anthem” closes out Enema in a good way.The song is a good summary of what Blink 182 stood for at the time. It called for parents and authorities to lighten up on the teens and spoke of patience reaping rewards in the end.

The Enema of the State is one of my favorites albums of the nineties, as well as one of the most defining. Juvenile, playful, and catchy, Blink 182 knew what teens were looking for, but also just wanted to have a good time themselves. I can crank this out, and it never seems to become stale to me at all. Give or take one or two of the songs, this is a must-have for any pop-punk fan.



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south_of_heaven 11
December 24th 2007


5436 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I fucking love this album.

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
December 24th 2007


15743 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

eh review. The intro paragraph doesn't sit well with me, because it sounds like you're undergoing a punk revolution with the awesomeness of Blink 182 paving the way. The tbt style is a little bare bones as well. Try to go more in depth than "This song's good, and it's about this."

Digging: Flying Lotus - You're Dead!

rasputin
December 24th 2007


14550 Comments


I hate Blink 182.
My opinion on the review was summed up by Electric Six.

Jerrydavidson
December 24th 2007


102 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

alright, i see what you're saying. well, they were the first punk songs i had ever heard, but yeah i see what you mean.

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
December 24th 2007


15743 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

My opinion on the review was summed up by Electric Six.


He posted in this thread? Awesome!

rasputin
December 24th 2007


14550 Comments


It's not too bad though, so don't worry yourself over it. I know what's it like to have nostalgia attached to a particular band/album.

Jerrydavidson
December 24th 2007


102 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

oh yeah, i'm definitely attached. By going more in depth on the songs, do you mean like particular sounds, or what?

rasputin
December 24th 2007


14550 Comments


Well yeah, but don't be like '...and then there is this sound and then this one', and so on, try and write about the album as a sort of cohesive collection of music. It's hard to think of it that way in the context of a track by track though. Like I said before, the review isn't that bad, and the album is very shallow so I guess you don't really need to explain any further.

Jerrydavidson
December 24th 2007


102 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Alright, I see what you're saying

botb
December 24th 2007


9721 Comments


This album is so close to being a classic for me.

Independent_CA
December 24th 2007


6 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This album is only slightly less awesome than "Dude Ranch", their finest effort and a definite classic if you ask me. Blink's always been my favorite (even though I love a lot of other bands now) but I'm attached to their early years, which I would say ends after this album.

rasputin
December 24th 2007


14550 Comments


Am I the only one here who does not like this band? Come on, let the hate flow.

Jerrydavidson
December 24th 2007


102 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

never was a big fan of dude ranch, but i respect it

roofi
December 24th 2007


959 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The self-titled and TOYPAJ are both better than this, but this is still enjoyable.

racerX71
December 24th 2007


73 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this album got me through 4th grade. heh. not a big fan of it anymore.

Jerrydavidson
December 24th 2007


102 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah, TOYPAJ and the self-titled were awesome too

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
December 24th 2007


15743 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Actually, they were both awful.

Jerrydavidson
December 24th 2007


102 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

How so?

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
December 24th 2007


15743 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

TOYPAJ was Blink going out of their way to be immature pricks and also writing some truly awful songs, whereas the S/T was too serious for it's own good leading to boring tracks that were probably meant to be "deep".

Jerrydavidson
December 24th 2007


102 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ok, yeah i can see why you would see it that way, though blink 182 was always immature up to the S/T



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