Blink-182
Neighborhoods


4.0
excellent

Review

by Colin Rinehart USER (6 Reviews)
September 26th, 2011 | 97 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Not quite the great leap forward we had all yearned for, but a firmly planted step in the right direction

Eight years is an eternity in the musical world. In that space of time bands have started, become popular, made an impact on critics and fans alike, sometimes stumbled, sometimes improved, and in some cases broken up. But with middle aging comes the prioritization of what relationships in life are truly important. When Travis Barker was nearly killed in a plane crash with DJ AM in September 2008, all three members of Blink found themselves together again in a time of need for their friend. With that event their friendships were mended and the band were reunited, realizing that what they had together as a group was truly unique and special and that it's something they should have never given up.

This spark, this passion to create music again not only delighted Blink fans across the globe, it also instilled a slowly building expectation that the album was going to be monumental; a total game changer, much like their last album pre-break up was. As the album started being delayed more and more, the expectations rose and bubbled to a peak until we found ourselves at this present stage, September 27th, 2011 with the new Blink 182 album officially for sale and release today. The burning question of course is "Does it live up to the hype?" Well, not exactly. But that turns out to not be such a bad thing after all.

There are two types of Blink 182 fans---those that cling to their snotty spitfire pop-punk roots in the 90s, singing songs about girls, parties, beer and bestiality, and then there are those that became interested in the group only with the release of their self-titled 2003 album, which showed a marked development in mature themes, lyrics, concept, and music. Mark, Tom, and Travis are all aware of this great divide among their fanbase, and with this album they've made the conscious effort to try and satisfy both of those parties and their demands for what the future of Blink "should" sound like. This is a leaner, meaner, more concise and focused Blink 182, still keen on experimenting and progressing musically, but also aware of their pop-punk and quasi-emo roots and proud of it.

The opening song on the album, "Ghost on the Dance Floor", perpetuates this philosophy perfectly. From the opening chords the punk-rock roots are notably apparent with a driving, crunchy guitar riff looped over the intense, pseudo-tribal drumming from Travis and wrapped all together with Tom's signature bratty singing. There are several songs like this on the album that should unite fellow Blink fans together, where the band rekindles some of their trademark hooky pop-punk guitar tricks but they do it all under a thick veil of new wave and post-punk experimentation, notably evident on the synthesizer-driven "This is Home" or the pleasant amalgamation of all of their varied stylistic changes over the years in "Kaleidoscope". Never fear old school Blink fans however, as you can still get your fix of brash, energetic skate punk on songs like "Wishing Well" which may or may not be a direct reference to their beloved classic "Carousel" from Cheshire Cat.

Those expecting an album as explosive, emotional, and fun as some of their past albums may wind up disappointed, as Neighborhoods winds up being not quite the great leap forward that we were all yearning for, but rather a firmly planted step in the right direction. Where they go from here can only be more introspective and experimental, and whether they still have that one last "classic" album in them or not, they're on the right path with this record and fans of the group and genre should overall be satisfied with the album if it's judged on it's own merits alone.

Blink 182 are back, and they've brought their pop-punk hooks and vaguely post-emo/progressive leanings with them, and they've created a thoroughly enjoyable album that should satisfy most fans and may even win them some new ones. Long live the kings of pop punk.



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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...

  • CasualListen (4)
    The album sounds a bit like Angels and Airwaves and +44 at times...but the album is named ...


Comments:Add a Comment 
xfearbefore
September 27th 2011


1248 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

So I just whipped this up over the last 20 minutes after spending the last week listening to this album over and over again. I'm trying to get back into the swing of reviewing music again, but it's been awhile so I'm probably a bit rusty and there are probably a plethora of syntax and tonal problems with this review, but I'm looking to genuinely improve so if anyone has any constructive criticism at all, I'd love to hear it. Thanks.

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Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
September 27th 2011


31628 Comments

Album Rating: 3.6

Haven't listened, probably won't

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RosaParks
September 27th 2011


15049 Comments


too elite

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
September 27th 2011


31628 Comments

Album Rating: 3.6

Why would I listen to an album by a band I don't like?

RosaParks
September 27th 2011


15049 Comments


Why comment in the first place?

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
September 27th 2011


31628 Comments

Album Rating: 3.6

Because this site allows me too

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
September 27th 2011


50960 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

To get to 20000

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Rev
September 27th 2011


9441 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

like this

tapitforever
September 27th 2011


1243 Comments


is this good or what, i need to form my opinion off of your guys' reviews

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
September 27th 2011


50960 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

It's their worst album

Kris.
September 27th 2011


12511 Comments


and its still great

RosaParks
September 27th 2011


15049 Comments


i support you deviant
just dont understand the point of announcing you arent going to listen to an album

AmericnZero02
September 27th 2011


3360 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm kinda pumped for this. Are the bonus tracks any good? I'm still trying to decide if I want the normal or deluxe edition.

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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
September 27th 2011


50960 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Fighting the Gravity is their worst song ever

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
September 27th 2011


31628 Comments

Album Rating: 3.6

just dont understand the point of announcing you arent going to listen to an album


Because I can


Kris.
September 27th 2011


12511 Comments


dev the reb

toxin.
September 27th 2011


12805 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

this album needs moar negative reviews

DrummerDudeGuy
September 27th 2011


47 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Ghost on the Dancefloor, After Midnight, Kalediscope and When She Falls are all so, so so good

telebyrd
September 27th 2011


869 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

This Is Home sucks ass but the rest is solid

YouGotLucky
September 27th 2011


946 Comments


This is a great album. 3.5 - 4.0 / 5.0



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