Blink 182 was always a punk band. Like, real punk. Flyswatter, Buddha, and Cheshire Cat. All of those albums were okay, but lacked recording quality and any bit of substance. I guess some could say that this played a big part in the birth of pop/punk. I would consider this album to be right when the band got good. I know this is a forever argued opinion, but I can't be both sided. Well anyway, here's my review of Enema Of The State
. A pun on one of Will Smiths action movies. That is all.
Blink 182 - Enema Of The State
starts us off. The lyrics are anthem like and pretty simple but they flow nicley. They are also very catchy, you'll find yourself singing the chorus everywhere you go. The guitar riff also sounds really cool. The song is about selection when it comes to girls. Apparently, Tom's dad is a total jerk because he has a few unmentionalble referances in the song. "Need a girl that I can train", seems to be the phrase here. Well anyway, this is a great start to this album and it goes into a not so good, filler sounding track. Don't Leave Me
begins with a blast and it is one of the poppier songs on the album. Mark does a good job with the singing but the lyrics get really repetitive. I get tired of the whole "don't let my door hit yer' ass" thing. The bass line is pretty creative though. But it's no 'Carousel'. In the end, this is a fun song but it's lacking compared to the rest of the album. Aliens Exist
was one of those sleeper hits. Like, the unspoken fan favorite off this album. The song is about, you guessed it, aliens. Tom is taking the roll of a young kid who is worried about invasion. Travis has some pretty cool drum fills in this song. The verses get a little old but they still have that great, familliar Blink tone. The next song is moderatley depressing. Well, if you know their older stuff, its nothing compaired to the emotion of that. Going Away To College
is another fan favorite, not to mention my favorite song on the album. The reason I like it so much is because of the meaning it has. It's so emotional and sad. The song deals with going off to college but it can also just be a 'going away' song.
Originally Posted by Going Away To College
I haven't been this scared/in a long time/and I'm so unprepared/so heres your valentine/bouqet of clumsy words/a simple melody/this worlds an ugly place/but you're so beautiful to me.
These are some of my favorite lyrics ever. So beautiful and emotional. Anyway, screw emotional for the rest of the album, or should we...
What's My Age Again
is the next song and the first single that appeared to far. This is one of the classic Blink anthems. I still listen to this song regularly. It's just so great. Not to mention the hysterical lyrics. This is a great song but is nothing compared to what's in store. Dysentary Gary
begins and this is one of the funniest songs I've ever come across. Great lyrics going to things about pigtails, to trying on Mark's father's tights. This is a great song, it's weird. The verses tend to be silly while they try to make the chorus a little serious.
Originally Posted by Dysentary Gary
Ease away the palms and the pain/The girl chooses the guy that makes you wanna kick and scream/all along you're wishin' you could stay/fcuk the guy she took and ran away with
This is a funny song and all but saddness is up next. Major saddness. Adam's Song
was written for one of the band's fans that committed suicide. That's one of the stories, the other is that this was for the drummer that Travis replaced. If anyone knows what really happened then pleace comment with the answer. Anyway, this song is still about suicide, which I have a lot in common with. I don't fell like sharing that aspect of my life right now so on with how good the riff is in this song. The lyrics are the obvious standout for this song. Don't stop now, the most overplayed song ever is up next. All The Small Things
, ahh memories. That riff just never gets old does it? Well anyway, if I was biased, I'd say that this was the best song on the album. But it's far from it. The song really doesn't make any lyrical sense. But who cares when you have drum fills like these!?! So, I some would say that this was a recommended track for this album, but if you haven't heard it yet, then you've been in the closet (for a hell of a long time too). The Party Song
is up next and is just a mindless :60 second romp. The chorus is about as thin as Anna Nicole right now. This is another 'filler' track. There isn't much to say other than this song is more like an added bonus than an actual song.
Who cares when Mutt
is up next. This is the classic boyfriend/girlfriend anthem. It tells about how each side views different things. Almost as if the two people do their own things and don't mind each other until sex or a date. This was also a huge feature on American Pie 2
's soundtrack. But one of the lyrics really gets me everytime I hear it.
Originally Posted by mutt
He took the seat off his own bike because of the way that it felt
I guess you could say eww, but I think it's hysterical. As this song fades out Wendy Clear
begins. This is a fun little song about love and just what you would do while in it's depths. It's really simple and generic but the chorus flatout rocks. It's a little 'fillerish' but I don't really care, as it's the catchiest song on the album. But next up is the classic. It's continued in the following album but here's the first part. Anthem
begins and is the definition of Blink 182. A fun and crazy song about a ggantic party shut down by the 'adult figures'. The song never gets old and picks up pace after every verse. "Better call your father, they're sleeping with his daughters". The great lyrics carry this song all the way to it's end. Wow, great ending to a great album.
This was the bands biggest step in the music industry. It made them who they are today. I guess the difference of opinion is going to give me a lot of crap in the comments, but I don't care. Without difference of opinion, music wouldn't exist.
+ Great lyrics
+ Giant leap for the band
+ Great drum fills
- Some filler here
- Album was a little short
Recommended Tracks | AKA: The Fantastic Four
Going Away To College
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