Blink-182
Enema of the State


3.5
great

Review

by Adam Downer STAFF
November 8th, 2005 | 515 replies


Release Date: 1999 | Tracklist


In the land of pop-punk, a land known for it's people having the intellegence of a 10 year old, one band stands tallest as the most immature, most sex oriented band in all the land. Blink 182. Taking cues from the original pop-punk bands, Blink 182 took singing about masturbation, boners, and boobs to a whole new level with their big breakthrough with drummer Travis Barker, Enema of The State. Dynamic flogger duo Mark Hoppus and Tom DeLonge made up the rest of the California trio (hmmm... California pop-punk trio singing about masturbation.... Sound like anyone you know?). Their gift of finding a catchy hook and making an undeniably fun song is never more evident than here. Now if only my parents had let me get it when I was younger, maybe I too could be a little weed-whacking punk.... Damn Slutty Nurse getting the freakin cover.....

Before I begin my review I would like to preface my Overall by explaining the two kinds of songs found on Enema. One is The Tom Delonge Formula and The Mark Hoppus Formula.

THE TOM DELONGE FORMULA TO WRITING A SONG

1. Have a really catchy guitar hook to it. Scattered throughout the album are songs that have a fun solo beginning. This is a surefire way to get people to like your material.
2. Have it be about the most immature thing. For example, masturbation, dysentary, aliens, small penises, slutty couples, bisexuality, Your Mom jokes, the list goes on.
3. Have Travis play really fast for you. Where's the fun in being on a sugar high and singing about boners when your playing at average speed? Play at the speed of light!

THE MARK HOPPUS FORMULA TO WRITING A SONG

1. Play an incredibly simple bassline. Cuz it's just too hard to sing when playing more than four notes.
2. Have a more serious subject matter (but never show signs of maturity). Suicide, losing love, breaking up, are all examples of subjects Mark incorporates in his songs, but really were any of them ever that mature before their goth influenced self-titled album?
3. Bring the tempo back a little bit. If I'm gonna be more serious, then I need to not play too fast, or I'll lost that edge. Some of Enema's best material comes from the slowed down, mellowed out feel.

Anyway that's enough of that, moving forward...

Enema's pop-puk charm partially comes from it's best songs in the Tom section. Starting with the fun and breakneck Dumpweed, Enema rocks hard and fast without a moment to breathe. Dumpweed is one of my favorites off the album, with a fun to play opening riff by Tom, and his vocals in some kind of accent that I didn't know existed are a blast to listen to, especially when he belts the chorus out. Singing about not being able to get the girl has never been original, but Tom's punky spin on it makes you enjoy the suffering of him just a little bit more. Travis's spasmodic drumming is great, as are his fills where he hops out a 1&2 beat. It serves as a good opener, and is one of the better songs found on Enema. There are other great songs on here that follow the Tom Delonge formula as well. Dysentary Gary is an incredibly immature song laden with F-Words and Tom sneering harsh hate filled lyrics into the mike. The interlude between the verse and chorus has some nice woodblock done by Travis. The soloing guitar in the chorus is fun to listen to. Mark's cameo is an added bonus, with him almost sarcastically saying "*** the guy that took her and ran away". The song drops out for a moment for some mellow solo, then Tom explodes back in with "*** this place, I lost the war, I hate you all, Your Mom's A Whore". These Tom songs provide a lot of fun, even if they get a little tiring after about 4 or 5 listens.

The Mark Section has some of the most genius songs done by Blink. One of my favorite Mark songs is Going Away To College, a song about, well going off to college and missing your girlfriend. It's gentle chords at the beginning provide a momentary rest from the loud and louder first 2 songs on the album. The lyrics could come off as either genius or mere sorry attempts to rhyme. ("I haven't been this scared in a long time/And I'm so unprepared, So Here's You Valentine") The harmonies in the chorus are truly good, so I enjoy those very much. Also, this song has some girl-loving lyrics instead of Tom's girl's suck except for their tits lyrics. The most famous Mark song has to be Adam's Song, a number written about the suicide of one of their fans. It's dark guitar followed by some melancholy, if not over the top lyrics about killing one's self. However, they never really go all out and emo by using cliche's like "I wanna cut my wrists and black my eyes" (Although the band who DOES use those lyrics should really do us all a favor and not pick up a pen ever again), but use more of a metaphorical style of writing, to add to the touching aura the song produces. Excellent drumming by Travis only punctuates the message. The solo uses.... *gasp!*.... Piano?!?!?! Yes! Ahhh Mark, thank you for showing that the worlds most immature band ever has a little bit of depth!

However for every serious song on Enema (I count three) there are 4 immature ones. And some of those are really bad. For example, All The Small Things. It was a nice choice for a single, being it was the most poppy and all, but it's about having a small wang people, come on. It's nowhere near as catchy as the other singles, What's My Age Again or Adam's Song. In fact it gets on my nerves a little bit. I always skip this song, because the quality level is so much better elsewhere. The other two really bad ones are the 2 following All The Small Things, The Party Song and Mutt. Tha Party Song is the ones Mark song I can't get into. It's words are goddamn unhearable until the chorus which randomy throws in "And then I saw her standing there, with Green Eyes and long blonde hair, she wasn't wearing underwear..." Also throwing in some boob references didnt let me give much kudos to the song. After that is the Tom song Mutt, a song about a pretty useless subject, popular kids who have lots and lots of perverted sex. The negative points write themselves.

All is forgotten though with my personal favorite off the album, and it is one you can't really pinpoint, and that's Anthem. It's verses are immature enough to be from Tom's head, yet the bridge is serious enough to be from Mark's. The beat in the beginning sounds like Mark could have done it, but the second verse defintiely sounds like the beat in Dumpweed. My theory? They probably wrote this song together. Tom's sneering words about a party are not forgettable (Would YOU forget "forgive our neighbor Bob/I think he humped a dog?"), but they are vastly immature. But hey, once you learn to accept that, it's really not bad. The second verse explodes with some fantastic drumming by Travis and some great harmonies. When the bridge comes in, Mark hollering behind Tom is actually a little powerful. When the soft section comes in, a hot drum solo and bassline punctuate Tom's vocals. This song sounds little like Man Overboard off Mark, Tom, and Travis Show in that it's serious and fun to listen to. It's a great way to end one of the most fun and immature pop-punk albums in history.

OVERALL

For casual fans of Blink 182, this is really their definitive album. Laden with hooks, catchy lyrics, and immature subjects, this is the real Blink 182 at it's finest. When listening to this, you go back to a time when Blink wasn't goth and in fact were a band us unsuicidal kids could listen to. Enema is Blink 182's best album IMO, hands down.

Grade: B+

Recommended Tracks:

Dumpweed
Going Away To College
Adam's Song
Anthem

Pros:

Great drum work by Travis
Catchy guitar hooks
Most of Mark's songs

Cons:

Really immature subject matters
Tom's voice gets annoying after a bit
Mark's basswork is easy as hell.

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Storm In A Teacup
November 8th 2005


12857 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Another excellent review MusicOfficial. Not the best from them.

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
November 8th 2005


15740 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks for the positive feedback my good sirs. Much appreciated.

And yes Empty Hearted, i am being sarcastic on that Mark Hoppus Line.

Digging: Ricky Eat Acid - Three Love Songs

masada
November 8th 2005


2733 Comments


Nice review.

I enjoy this from time to time when I'm in a good mood, but otherwise it's just really annoying.

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
November 8th 2005


15740 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Whoa! I leave the computer for an hour and 3 reviews get posted, knocking mine off the front page! Talk about cutthroat.

Thanks Eliminator about the review.

Rudd13
November 8th 2005


952 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is the band's second best album right next to Take Off Your Pants.... I praised this when I was in 5th grade, and now that I listen to it thoroughly again, I realize two things. One, there are some sick jokes in here that my younger pre-teenage mind couldnt comprehend back then. It was quite funny as I sat there listening to this album saying to myself "Jesus christ, I thought this song was about having fun, not 'unloading' into a sock", but then I thought, whats the difference, really?

And two, it's not as fun to listen to when youve grown up. Its still one of the band's very best work for me, but now it doesnt cut for a frequent listen. Other than that, you did a good job with the review, Official. I disagree with the rating, but nie writing nonetheless.

"Fuck this place, I lost the war
I hate you all
Your moms a whore
Wheres my dog?, cause girls are such a drag"

Haha. Jesus. Good times. :thumb:



time33consume33me
November 8th 2005


16 Comments


never did see the big facination with this album, but then again im just a moany old time blink fan who hated seeing 10 year old kids wearing there shirts and singing these intensly catchy pop songs, only songs i really rate on here are adams song, party song and mutt, ill take cheshire or dude ranch any day.
that aside good review, i also liked the section on what mark and tom brought to each song, good idea. may steal it ;)

NEDM
November 8th 2005


1113 Comments


[quote=Rudd13] I thought this song was about having fun, not 'unloading' into a sock", but then I thought, whats the difference, really?[/quote]

Did you just imply that you unload into socks?

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
November 8th 2005


15740 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lol yes I get originaliy points....

Jawaharal
November 8th 2005


1832 Comments


have you reviewed anything that hasn't been done before?

DesolationRow
November 8th 2005


833 Comments


This was a good review, I'll give you that, but your ratings cut the band way too much slack. If there is a band that got rich from bad songwriting, and absolutely non-talented frontmen, this is the band. Mark Hoppus really needs to be exiled..........errrr, however, good review, and to Cheeto-t, the answer is no, and same for me, as well, except for my P-Funk review.

pulseczar
November 8th 2005


2385 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

i honestly dont see the point of re-reviewing something uless you have a verrrrrrrrrrrrrrry different opinion or the other review(s) blows. But good job anyway, I like Adam's Song because it foreshadows Blink's last album, the only one i think is more than mediocre.

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
November 8th 2005


15740 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

[quote=cheeto]have you reviewed anything that hasn't been done before?[/quote]

No....except for my first three, but they're pretty bad. Sorry for that. I don't own anything that hasn't been reviewed before. I don't think I need to apologize for that.

And Galapogos, I have a right to write opinions for albums and think I can write better reviews, or at least I always try.

THE REAL BOLTCUTTERS
November 8th 2005


5 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Firstly, great review. I agree for the most part about what you rated it. This is a a fun album to listen to, it may not be technically mind blowing, but a fun album. Again, good job.

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
November 20th 2005


15740 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Wow. Same here, this album got me into punk. And true Anthem is Blinks best song all around. Once again, 1039 showing thats hes an awesome kid.

Do more reviews.

georgesblink182@yahoo.com
June 8th 2006


49 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Blink is kool they got me into pop punk

moogooguypan
June 8th 2006


23 Comments


Wait, wait, let me get this straight....you like Blink 182, but you're put off by immature subject matter? I don't get it.

moogooguypan
June 8th 2006


23 Comments


PS Dude Ranch was way better

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
June 8th 2006


15740 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The music is good and catchy, but listening to Tom wax his thoughts on masturbation for the 19th song makes Music Official want to bash his head into a wall.

Multimediaboy
June 8th 2006


5 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Your review entirely SUCKED!! Who the Hell do you think you are??? FOB!!!

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
June 8th 2006


15740 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Score! A neg vote from a challenged noob in a non 5-star pop-punk review! I'm such a hardcore badass.



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