Blink-182
Cheshire Cat


4.0
excellent

Review

by newjunkaesthetic93 USER (2 Reviews)
December 29th, 2010 | 16 replies | 5,006 views


Release Date: 1994 | Tracklist

Review Summary: This album sounds like a young band just starting to pick up some monentum, and having a lot of fun doing it. You won't find many of the elements that make the groups self titled so great, or Angels and Airwaves so boring, which is part of what makes this

2 of 2 thought this review was well written


In 1994 there probably wasn't anyone predicting that blink-182, a three piece pop punk band from California, would ever make any real impact in the world of mainstream music. After all, they were just three immature kids who wrote songs about about girls and adult diapers. Really, even the members of the band probably had no expectations for real success, and were just content with making a fun pop punk album that would go virtually unnoticed by the mainstream, and they did it well.
This album is full of fast paced, cheesy, fun songs that are by no means musical genius. It’s easy to infer from the song names alone (ex: “Does My Breath Smell”) that at the time, this wasn’t a band that took themselves too seriously, and it shows in the music. There are plenty of moments on this album where the band is straightforward in their songwriting approach, churning out three minute bursts about love or relationships that will please Blink fans who enjoy the albums that followed this one. But there are also a lot of crazy (Hilarious) moments when the bands personalities really shine through.
The last three songs on the album showcase the most ridiculous elements of the album, covering topics such as adult diapers and awkward love stories involving family members. Even the two minute blast of epic metal power that is “Just About Done” isn’t shocking because it’s hard to take this album very seriously to start with. The last three songs aren’t the only ones that stand out for being humorous or ridiculous either, the whole album is littered with witty one liner’s and ridiculous topics that keep every song interesting.
This album isn’t without its serious moments though, and there are a few songs that really stand out for being more structured and thought out. This really shows on the albums best track “Carousel”, which features some great instrumentation and even some sincere lyrics. “Carousel” has actually become a Blink fan favorite that the band still plays live. And even the less serious “M+M’s” comes off as being a more sincere effort, and was included, along with “Carousel” on the bands Greatest Hits album.
In the end, Cheshire Cat probably will never be looked at as a genre defining album, or Blink’s magnum opus, but it is where the band really started to gain momentum. The songs on this album show a band that is starting to develop into the songwriters they would become with later releases. It’s Cheshire Cat that really set the bar for what Blink would do in the future.

Recommended Tracks:
Carousel
Peggy Sue
Wasting Time
Ben Wah Balls


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newjunkaesthetic93
December 29th 2010



1871 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I don't know what happened to the paragraph breaks, they were in my word document and for some reason arn't showing up here. Anyways this is my first real review and I won't be offended if theres a ton of hate

Irving
Staff Reviewer
December 29th 2010



7163 Comments


Before the site reads this review (hopefully), do try this:

i.) Go to "My Profile".
ii.) To the left you will see, just under your profile pic, and fourth from top, a link titled "Edit My Reviews".

You can add your indentations there. Go forth - quickly! =)

climactic
December 29th 2010



18584 Comments


fucking love some songs on here but a lot of meh as well

cvlts
December 29th 2010



8954 Comments


I appreciate blink as a band, but this is just meh

SCREAMorphine
December 30th 2010



1751 Comments


Used to really like this

deathofasalesman
December 30th 2010



5816 Comments


Oh I should rate this.


Edit: Mmmm yeah, that's the stuff.

Tyrael
December 30th 2010



20797 Comments


Paragraphs! And your summary is kinda...weird.

dimsim3478
December 30th 2010



4836 Comments


The review was alright...you should also focus on the instrumental and vocal qualities of the album. You really only talked about the lyrics and the general mood/tone of the album. But since it's only your second review, it's worth a pos.

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outline
December 30th 2010



563 Comments


Part of what makes this what?

WashboardSuds
December 30th 2010



4990 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Pretty solid review, though it does feel like you only brushed the surface of some areas.

This album's not bad, some catchy songs tho a lot of this doesn't interest me.
I prefer Dude Ranch and Enema

Hey, have a pos

KILL
December 30th 2010



71087 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

sweet album

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Spec
December 30th 2010



27102 Comments


Pretty solid review.

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Gyromania
April 21st 2011



15457 Comments


Such an average band.

Satellite
April 21st 2011



20723 Comments


enema and take of yr pants were my jam in high school. also my first real show was blink/green day/jimmy eat world in 2002. shit ruled.

Satellite
April 21st 2011



20723 Comments


i feel like mine really captures the tone inherent in most of my comments. my regina avatar was just too damn adorable.

also it's a tribute to greg giraldo obv. RIP

bungy
April 21st 2011



8843 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I've known a lot of these songs by heart for a long time



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