Blink-182
Dude Ranch


5.0
classic

Review

by hybridofsound USER (37 Reviews)
January 14th, 2005 | 86 replies


Release Date: 1997 | Tracklist


For this album i've decided to review in a new style to my previous reviews so comments would be appreciated :)

Album: Dude Ranch
Artist: Blink 182
Tom DeLonge - Vocals, Guitar
Mark Hoppus - Vocals, Bass
Scott Raynor - Drums

Released: 1997 (Grilled Cheese)

Favourite Songs:
Pathetic
Dammit
Dick Lips
Waggy
Untitled
Emo
Josie

Dude Ranch was second album by the pop-punk trio Blink 182 from San Diego. For many this is regarded as the best album the band has produced and with due reason. For pop-punk this album has been almost as important as the holy grail of pop-punk albums Dookie by Green Day. An album filled with catchy hooks, melodies and well written lyrics it's not hard to see why this album thrust Blink 182 into popularity all over the world.

The album kicks off with one of the greatest Blink songs ever. Pathetic. A simple three chord song with a simple melody hook the strong part of this song is it's lyrics and vocals. 'Don't pull me down this is where I belong, I think i'm different but i'm the same and i'm wrong' Mark and Tom sing in the chorus. Pathetic is by no means the only good song on the album. Dammit the third song (You all know it) was the single which made Blink big and it's not hard to see why. Simple chord progression and awesome lyrics make it another stand out song. There's some immaturity in this album which will put some people off 'I'll just jack off in my room until noon' Mark sings on Waggy but for anyone willing to get past it it's just part of Blink 182s humour. Throughout the album the good songs keep coming. Waggy is a stand out song and Josie (Which has a kick ass music video) is one of the best girlfriend tribute songs ever written. Near the very end of the album is another gem called Lemmings. It comes together with some great lyrics and singing from Mark and a fantastic chorus. It's a song about relationships and taking yourself too seriously. Untitled is another great song. It starts slowly and cleanly with Tom singing and playing clean guitar and about a minute in BANG! Everything kicks in and the song triples it's speed and combined with some great lyrics from Tom makes for a great song.

There are a few not so great songs on the album. Boring doesn't seem to have anything that great to it but it's not a bad song just a mediocre song. The song Voyeur is almost an aquired taste. Some people don't like it as it's an immature song but really the weak points are very few and hardly hamper the album. The musicianship of Blink 182 has never been super and probably never will be so if your a metalhead/Opeth fan don't expect to like this album.

Overall a very strong album. Easily one of Blink 182s best and it's not hard to see why. Wether Mark is singing about Star Wars in a New Hope or Tom about watching a girl from a tree outside her window there's something special in this album which will keep you listning and keep you coming back. If you want to know if you will be listning to this album in 6 months time the answer is a definite yes.

Rating: 4.9/5 :thumb:



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sting-ray
January 22nd 2004


92 Comments


i like this album alot. Probably the best blink 182 CD.

4/5

Led Zeppp
January 22nd 2004


4 Comments


i still prefer enema of the state, but this is a rawer, less polished blink 182 which is appealing to some. i still like it though, 4/5.

rumpaipai
January 22nd 2004


1 Comments


this is the only good blink 182. i mean, talk about sellouts. a good POP punk cd though. but i cant believe people think blink 182 is punk[IMG]http://[/IMG]

Led Zeppp
January 22nd 2004


4 Comments


[QUOTE=rumpaipai]this is the only good blink 182. i mean, talk about sellouts. a good POP punk cd though. but i cant believe people think blink 182 is punk[IMG]http://[/IMG][/QUOTE]
dude, who cares if they're punk. i guess they're "pop-punk" if you wanna be technical. who cares if they sold out, enema and take off your pants were still really good albums and i generally don't like maintream music at all.

sweboy
January 23rd 2004


17 Comments


Awesome album, one of my favorites.

[QUOTE=hybridofsound] For pop-punk this album has been almost as important as the holy grail of pop-punk albums Dookie by Green Day.[/QUOTE]

Milo Goes To College by DESCENDENTS - The pop-punk album. Without the descendents, blink 182 would probably not be around today.

brycey
January 23rd 2004


205 Comments


great album. great review. :thumb:

hybridofsound
January 23rd 2004


131 Comments


[QUOTE=Sweboy]Awesome album, one of my favorites.



Milo Goes To College by DESCENDENTS - The pop-punk album. Without the descendents, blink 182 would probably not be around today.[/QUOTE]

Ok my bad but without Dookie they probably wouldn't be around too as Green Day brought PP into the mainstream.

I play a squier
February 24th 2004


11 Comments


i have lsitened to the album, i think its must have blink 182 cd.
i give it 9.5/10. and one of my favorites songs Dammit is in it :lol:

Aes820
February 24th 2004


23 Comments


This is definately my favourite Blink album. And for me, illustrates a period at which Blink 182 were at their pop-punk best.
Highlights of the album for me are Josie, Apple Shampoo and of course Dammit.

guitargirl182
February 25th 2004


6 Comments


5/5 totally

Vaya
February 26th 2004


33 Comments


my favorite album from them 9/10

ntnguitarist
February 27th 2004


10 Comments


this album is awesome..i'd say 4-4.5/5

punkrockd00d
February 28th 2004


5 Comments


[QUOTE=rumpaipai]this is the only good blink 182. i mean, talk about sellouts. a good POP punk cd though. but i cant believe people think blink 182 is punk[IMG]http://[/IMG][/QUOTE]

first off, who cares if its pop-punk? if i like it, i'll listen to it :p

awsome- best blink CD to date 4.9/5 as wel!! :cool:

-meh
February 29th 2004


3 Comments


iT is an awesome album

rancidpunk
February 29th 2004


26 Comments


Im not into them anymore but i still like this album 4/5. good review btw.

Jobbymann182
February 29th 2004


3 Comments


This is the best blink album by far.

shrtstp182
March 23rd 2004


3 Comments


[QUOTE=Jobbymann182]This is the best blink album by far.[/QUOTE]

tru. .

guitarded_chuck
March 23rd 2004


3276 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

[QUOTE=Ganondorf]It's an OK album but I prefer Chesire Cat and blink-182[/QUOTE]
Ditto. I still like this one though. Why can't they just stay like they used to be?

absentmindedgenius
April 26th 2004


1 Comments


i only just got this album, and the songs are all really good, but the drumming is frequently out of time, and the singers are often off-key. I prefer the self-titled album, that has some really good music on it
3.5/5

jpj86
April 27th 2004


3 Comments


id agree that this is the best blink album out there. they seemed to put more effort into the actual songs to make them sound different, as they didnt seem to on TOYPAJ. my only problem with this was the vocals, the production on them isnt as good as it could/should have been. although, i guess that kinda adds something to it.
anyway, good review.



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