Blink-182
Blink-182


5.0
classic

Review

by Dylan Wachman USER (44 Reviews)
August 15th, 2005 | 41 replies


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist


Blink 182 have always been pop/punk at their roots. But here they return from a two year break, sad and angry. In this new one all the songs revolve around sadness, anger, and hate. There isn't one immature moment oon this album. I plan on reviewing all of the albums with no weird order. This just happens to be the one slipped out of that hat tonight. Anyway, this album is great for something new from what used to be Blink 182. I guees if you've been in the closet for a year then you wouldn't know that they broke up. Not because they got pissed off at each other, but because they have families now.

Wives and kids at home are hard to take care of while your on the road. They say that they're getting back together sometime in the next year or two. But I highly doubt that, due to Travis' television hopes. Oh and by the way, Mark and Travis are already talking about starting a new band called Plus44. So this leaves no hopes for the band I grew up with. The band that taught me about angst and saddness. My parents talk about sex with me??? Hell no, I heard it all from these guys. The point is, no longer will the band laugh at things like "beef stroginoff". They are now, in all seriousness, a meaningful band.


Blink 182 - blink182

Mark Hoppus - Bass, Vocals
Tom Delonge - Guitar, Vocals
Travis Barker - Drums


The first song on the album is one of the best on the album Feeling This. I guess you can't really say that this song isn't dirty. It's about sex, but it's still better than fart jokes. Anyway, the verses are beautifal Blink at their finest. With the faint guitar behind Tom and his anthem style lyrics. This song always makes me sad because it reminds me of Summer 03. The song has a wicked 'a capella' bridge too. It also ends with a bang and straight into our next song. Obvious is a good example of the saddness. This song has tons of feeling and a cool and chorus all in an echo. The distorted guitar also adds a lot to this song. The song is all about betrayal and cheating. But then you think the song is over and you hear a chopper in the distance. Then Blink comes in one more time for a repetitave bridge and one final chorus. I Miss You was another single, as was Feeling This. This song is really meaningful and sounds upsetting with Mark's monotone singing. I always get really sad when I hear this because I have a few people that I really miss in my personal life. Girlfriends, Uncles, Cousins. Anyway, this is a great song and a definite highlght of the album. This is one of those songs that was a total fluke for a band like Blink too. It's was completley unexpected. But there is a ton more to be left in this album, somethings you couldn't have dreamed of...

Violence is one of those songs that grabs you by the heart and gives you everything it has. The verses are in 'a capella' with a light tapping in the backround. The lyrics are about suicide and what happens in the process. I love the chorus though. It rips the song a new one. It's heavy and full of emotion. The bridge also adds a whole lot too. It's Tom mumbling a few of the songs lyrics in repetition. "Violence, you kill me. Forever and after"... Stockholm Syndrome is the song with most emotion in the album. It's the heaviest and the saddest one here. It's about all the war stuff revolved around the 'Sickness'. The lyrics are brilliant as the guitar stick to a steady pace as Mark dishes them out. "I'm so lost, I'm barely here. I wish I could explain myself, the words escape me". The song then ends in Toms distorted voice shouting out pure energy, followed by one more chorus. Down was also another one of the singles. This song sounds very sad and once again depresses me, as it was the bands last single. The lyrics are also amazing. The song really describes the ways and things that happen when you are down. The song has these cool electronic sounds in the verses which I never heard before with Blink. I love every bit of this song and I will till' I die. The Fallen Interlude doesn't really qualify as a song but it rocks. It has faint guitar and no lyrics. Travis' drumming is the best on the album. He has this insane solo portion. It's sick what he can do on a set. Some of the coolest sounding stuff ever. This song ties into the :60 second Go. This is a song that brings the old Blink back onto shore. This is their onld sound with better lyrics and subject matter. There isn't much to say, other then that I love the (once again) 'a cappela' bridge with Mark saying, "I don't wanna know!" over and over. Then the song ends with a screech and we go into our next song. Is that an hospital I hear?...

Asthenia has a really long intro. It sounds like someone is on the verge of death. Then it rips away and goes into a steady beat. A slow but simple melody is al that's needed here. "This place is portable passion, if you can imagine. It's easy if you try". Great lyrics occupy this great song. This is a definite highlight of the album. "My head is made up of memories, most of them useless. Dillusions." The song ends with the final chorus still ringing in your head. Then fades into nothing. Always is the next song and was (another) single. This is one of the only true ballads that the band has ever written. It's about how you'll always care for someone, no matter what they think of you. The guitar and bass is all generic. Frankly, this isn't that good of a song. It's too within the bands genre. The music video is cool but gets old fast. The lyrics are pretty corny too. Well, don't be sad because one of the best is up next. Easy Target begins with a crazy drum roll. Tom recites the lyrics as Mark screams "THATS WHAT SHE WANTED". Then the song keeps tempo through out and has a great adrenaline rush feel to it. It's amazing energy from the band. Then the song perfectly ties into the next track with a suprise guest. All Of This*GASPS* that's right. They guy from "The Cure". This song is really slow and Robert Smith does most of the vocals on this track. Tom gets some time but it's just not as epic as Rob. It's a great song and one of the standout tracks on the album. It's really long and gives us enough saddness to weave into our next song...

Here's Your Letter starts off with a bang and goes back to the bands original style minus the fart jokes. Mark does all of the vocals here. This is a great track and it is one of my favorites. I can listen to it restlessly. The bridge makes this song though. It is extremely catchy. But this is where I get sad again when I remember this as being one of the last punk influenced songs that the band has ever written and I doze off into the six minute ballad to close the album for good...I'm Lost Without You has a piano intro and goes into slowness with Tom singing in the backround. The vocals are suprisingly good even though Tom isn't that good of a singer. "Are you afraid of being alone 'cause I am, I'm lost without you!" Okay, the song goes on in the same course for a while and is the big intro to a huge build up, provided my Travis. He ends the song as it should and goes crazy on his drumset with the front bass paper saying Blink 182 for one last time...

In Conclusion
Well, what can I say. I'm depressed now. I love this band and I feel that the work they did on this album was amazing. The way they can go in and out of genre amazes me. Anyway, this was self-titled, and it was great.

Pros
+ Great Songs
+ More meaningful than 'Fart Jokes'
+ Improved Lyrics
+ Great Drumming

Cons
- The bands final album...

Recommended Tracks | AKA: The Fantastic Four
Seriously, all of them are worth a listen.




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DesolationRow
August 15th 2005


833 Comments


Good review. A little hard to read but nonetheless good. However, I completely disagree with your final rating. And the recommended tracks is a tad absurd. But other than the fact that I despise this band and their music, great review!

:D

FauxApathy
August 15th 2005


98 Comments


I'm glad you gave this five stars. I hate the rest of blink's albums, but Love this one. It's a perfect compromise between the blink fans and the people a little less into the slapstick type of humor in the older albums. Every song is great, but I especially love stockholm syndrome.

although, I have one complaint. The song violence isn't about suicide. The real meaning is stated in the booklet that came with the album, but I can't find that right now.

edit: you might also mention the beginning of Asthiena is actual nasa transmissions, and the song is about An astronaut in space, reflecting on the world beneath him and wondering if it's even worth returning. (The booklet also states that, I would have never guessed that as the meaning)This Message Edited On 08.15.05

br3ad_man
Emeritus
August 16th 2005


2125 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

5/5??

No way. Well done though.

Damrod
Moderator
August 16th 2005


1093 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Good review.

Far away from 5/5 for me personally though. My fascination for Blink182 died away four years ago. There's much better stuff in the genre out there IMO. I would give it 2.5/5.

It's just not my cup o' tea

Sendor
August 16th 2005


75 Comments


It's their best album musically. Seemed to piss off all the people who just like their music loud and stupid but I'd have to say this album is their standout effort. I wouldn't however, give it a 5/5, maybe a 3.5 or 4. There's just better music out there.

Kenyu Osuke
August 16th 2005


6 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Ugh...5 stars? I only liked 8/14 tracks on the CD, so that works out to about...a 3.5/5. I don't know if that's right, my math is horrible, but that's what I'd give it without my horrendous algebra.

Iai
Emeritus
August 16th 2005


3553 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Very good review, but this is one of the worst albums I've ever heard in my life.

mx
Moderator
August 16th 2005


733 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This is a decent album for Blink 182, but 5 stars is ridiculous

Med57
Moderator
August 16th 2005


1001 Comments


I can't remember if I said this in another review, but with pop-punk pretty much the only thing I like about it is the fact that it's relentlessly upbeat, easily listenable music that can actually be quite fun on occasion. If there's one thing that I therefore don't want to hear, it's a pop-punk band trying to be serious, which is what this is. Good review, but I'd give it about 1.5/5.

Aeaon
August 16th 2005


188 Comments


Good review, but I absolutely hate Blink 182 and this album.

Justanothernimrod
August 16th 2005


478 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Stunning album, everything else by Blink was awful, but this was just fantastic.

The review could be better.

Alos, Always for me is the best song Blink 182 have ever written, I think all the instruments are great in it and lyrics totally do the job.

and the fact that you said that "Always " isn't very good surely contradicts your 5 star rating.This Message Edited On 08.16.05

NEDM
August 16th 2005


1113 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

vWell, I see the views on the final rating are mixed so I'll keep it at a 5 for the time being... and I dont think its very fair that someone votes against my review because they disagree with the rating. Without difference of opinion, this site would suck. So for everyone, vote on the review, not the album.

Med57
Moderator
August 16th 2005


1001 Comments


Just in case someone wants to disagree with that statement, beyondtheblueprint is correct. In case there's any doubt, the "vote on this review" function has nothing to do with whether you agree with the rating given. It's to do with whether the review is well written/informative, etc. Of course, if you think that's not the case, then there's nothing stopping you voting against it, but just bear that in mind.

Rudd13
August 16th 2005


952 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Great review. But there are a LOT of things holding this album back from being anywhere close to a 5.

The old immature blink brought happy tears to your face, and thats only because you would be laughing your ass off.

Enema and Take off.... beat this by a landslide.
This Message Edited On 08.16.05

NEDM
August 16th 2005


1113 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

[quote=rudd13]but hey, difference of opinion[/quote]

sounds like your trying to start something rudd.This Message Edited On 08.16.05

Rudd13
August 16th 2005


952 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

:naughty:

masada
August 16th 2005


2733 Comments


Cat fight!

DesolationRow
August 16th 2005


833 Comments


I didn't vote against it.........i liked the review. But i cant agree with your rating. But i agree with the vote button. It's like Vague's case, when fanboys voted no, just because they were obsessed with Paranoid. To all you who experience this, I feel bad for you.

Zmev
August 20th 2005


983 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

[quote=You in this review] Blink 182 have always been pop/punk at their roots.[/quote]

[quote=you in your other review] Blink 182 was always a punk band. Like, real punk.[/quote]

oic.

NEDM
August 20th 2005


1113 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

maybe if you thought this out a little. Enema was the start of their pop/punk era. That was when they broke away from 'real punk'.



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