Blink-182
Neighborhoods


4.0
excellent

Review

by CasualListen USER (13 Reviews)
September 26th, 2011 | 46 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The album sounds a bit like Angels and Airwaves and +44 at times...but the album is named "Neighborhoods" for just that reason. This is a scared band trying to re-light the candle some horrible argument blew out many moons ago...

A lot of the negative to slight reception "Neighborhoods" recieved this past week has too much to do with the album either sounding too much like Angels and Airwaves or too little like their old material. The truth is, the songs fit perfectly with their discography. I'm happy to report that the album sounds just like their old work with the addition of a few new instruments. In fact, most of the experimental cuts that do divert away from the band's normal sound are actually BONUS tracks only featured in the Deluxe Version of the album.

First of all, the album is called "Neighborhoods" to emphasize the differences in sound each member acquired over an eight year career beginning after the band's 'break-up' in 2003. These are the 'neighborhoods' the band members came to know over the last decade. And with the recent death of their inspirational producer (of Enema and Take Off Your Pants fame), Blink should be expected to experiment a little more heavily with this new release. Nobody is going to coach Tom and Mark about their lyrics. Nobody is going to clean up the mess their sound creates. Technically, it's a mixed bag of good and average, but I kind of loved it. In fact, I can't stop listening to it.

Blink-182 is a competent band that has an ear for catchy melodies and building atmosphere. Their singers have very distinct voices and their drummer is just perfect for the job. These are the same guys who wrote Adam's Song and What's My Age Again. These are the same guys who sang about rock shows and first dates...and growing up.

A lot of the energy of the band's old albums is still present here in songs like Mh. 4.18.2011, This is Home, Heart's All Gone and Even If She Falls. Natives hits hard as the record's second track with the best vocal performances by both Mark and Tom. I love the chorus in this song. After Midnight is a slow and sweetly charming song, actually. It kind of reminds me of Taking Back Sunday's excellent This Is All Now from their most recent effort. I love the pre-chorus that features Tom Delonge's lyrics "Bite your lips, your words are robbery. Do you grin inside? You're killing me. And all along we've talked of forever. I kind of think that we won't get better." Snake Charmer is a strong song as well. Perhaps too much of the album features Tom singing most of the verses and half of the choruses - but it has been stated in interviews that Tom wanted this project to be very experimental (which it very obviously is), while Mark's portion feels more like the Blink-182 we grew up loving. It's not a bad thing. Mark actually dominated "Dude Ranch." Tom sang maybe three songs. No complaints here.

Blink-182 is an old band. So, what could I possibly demand from them? Should I just be thankful they still exist? Maybe. After 8 years, three or four bands and a break up later.....Blink is trying to take a step forward with "Neighborhoods." They're trying new things which is what makes these old bands successful. Look at Eminem with his album "Recovery." He won a grammy thinking outside of the box. If nothing else, this is a good middle album for the band...and perhaps even a warm-up for something HUGE to come.



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other reviews of this album
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  • bob0716 (3.5)
    It may not be Blink's best, but it's a damn good start to rebuilding what they once had....

    Kiet Truong (3.5)
    Blink's comeback album is top-heavy, at times brilliant and at others subpar and even near...

    NateT (4)
    Neighborhoods is a dark, serious affair that sees Blink-182 beginning to expand their soun...

    SteveP (4)
    Although Neighborhoods does not quite live up to its predecessor lyrically or emotionally,...

  • Ali CONTRIBUTOR (3.5)
    That awkward moment when Blink's new album actually turns out to be good......

    Adam Downer STAFF (2.5)
    Dammit....

    SowingSeason STAFF (3)
    Neighborhoods is a solid reunion album, but it is not a return to form....

    lucasjcockcroft (3)
    plus44+Angels & Airwaves+Boxcar Racer= Neighborhoods...

  • Colin Rinehart (4)
    Not quite the great leap forward we had all yearned for, but a firmly planted step in the ...


Comments:Add a Comment 
guitarplaya91
September 26th 2011


485 Comments


Read more like a soundoff. Try to focus on the music more. Writing shows promise though.

WashboardSuds
September 26th 2011


5017 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

albums decent, but it isn't quite as charming as their older stuff
my favorite track is "MH 4.18.2011"

Willie
Moderator
September 26th 2011


16016 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah, the first paragraph is the only one about the album. The second paragraph is pretty useless without any context, and the following two are all about you. This isn't supposed to be a discussion of how CasualListen processes new releases of bands from his youth.

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xfearbefore
September 26th 2011


1245 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Wait, we can review this now? I thought we had to wait 'til tomorrow?

Good review tho.

WashboardSuds
September 26th 2011


5017 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

not a particularly good review, though

Willie
Moderator
September 26th 2011


16016 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Wait, we can review this now? I thought we had to wait 'til tomorrow?

Good review tho.

In certain parts of the world it is 'tomorrow'.

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
September 26th 2011


7343 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Albums are released on mondays in the UK, and most other countries as far as Im aware

loveisamixtape
September 26th 2011


6036 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

there's no way that this is as good as it's rating.

i will listen to it though.

Digging: Free Throw - Those Days Are Gone

Asiatic667
September 26th 2011


4648 Comments


This band is horrid

iFghtffyrdmns
September 26th 2011


7047 Comments


WHAT
WHAT THE FUCK DO YOU WANT TOM

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
September 26th 2011


50432 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Needs good review for proper discussion


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iFghtffyrdmns
September 26th 2011


7047 Comments


very true, very true

Asiatic667
September 26th 2011


4648 Comments


does the vocalist still sound like he has a heavy object on his chest?

YetAnotherBrick
September 26th 2011


4453 Comments


"and I thought their self-titled album was one of the most atmospheric records of my time."

I see this a lot. People using the word "atmospheric" interchangably with words like "best," "good," "awesome," etc. Those words do not mean the same thing. Unless by that sentence you actually meant you thought their self-titled album was one of the most 'atmospheric' records of your time, and in that case...wut

dub sean
September 26th 2011


980 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

who is marc?

newjunkaesthetic93
September 26th 2011


1871 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Waiting for a staff review or something

Rev
September 26th 2011


9428 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5


WHAT
WHAT THE FUCK DO YOU WANT TOM


IT'S ALWAYS "HEY MARK! HEY MARK! LOOK I CAN MAKE IT BIGGER IF I RUB IT! HEY MARK"

AtavanHalen
September 26th 2011


17927 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

The second paragraph is pretty useless without any context, and the following two are all about you.


That's cool with Sputnik, though, apparently.

Oceanus
September 26th 2011


877 Comments


This doesn't read like a 4, no matter how hard I try to make sense of it.

Oceanus
September 26th 2011


877 Comments


double post haha



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