Blink-182
Neighborhoods


3.5
great

Review

by Ali CONTRIBUTOR (130 Reviews)
October 1st, 2011 | 18 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: That awkward moment when Blink's new album actually turns out to be good...

Anticipation for its release may have surpassed fever pitch, but Neighborhoods still arrives as one of 2011's most unexpected triumphs. Lets be honest, we all thought that this would suck, and not without reason; the three members haven't exactly covered themselves in glory since parting company six years ago, and as with the majority of reformed bands there was always the nagging question as to whether anyone would actually still care. The response which met the various taster tracks unleashed earlier this year confirmed that Blink do indeed remain a relevant force, but the general feeling among fans was that this album would prove a dismal failure rather than a jubilant return. It didn't bode well.

Somehow, though, they've managed to pull the whole thing off. In fact, listening to Neighborhoods, it's difficult to believe that it's an album made by three individuals who have spent six independent years exploring their own musical passages, such is the seamless nature in which they've rebooted. Yes, Tom Delonge's voice has deteriorated to the point where some of his vocal parts are cringe inducing, but that's really the only noticeable difference in a band who sound remarkably functional and as a result have produced a record which has their established blueprint stamped all over it. It picks up precisely where they left off with 2003's self-titled release, the point where they finally abandoned the juvenile toilet humour which had clogged their earlier releases and adopted a more melodic musical pallet - a sensible move from a band whose members are rapidly approaching their fourties.

Maturity hasn't concealed their writing nous, though, and as ever it's their knack of delivering hooks that provides this album with it's primary strength. In fact, they even show forward progress in that particular area, with this being perhaps the most consistent set of songs they've laid down in their entire career. True there aren't really and unifying moments of unanimous brilliance like 'All The Small Things' or 'Feeling This,' but there are nevertheless a handful of tracks which wouldn't seem out of place alongside those classics on a best-of compilation. 'After Midnight' for instance is typical of latter period Blink, with a wonderful riff reverberating during the verses and a chorus which is lit up by one of Mark Hoppus' distinctive vocal lines. Really, the only obvious misstep is lead single 'Up All Night,' which in truth would probably be a highlight were it not dragged down by the wild bursts of aggression which seem completely out of place.

The fact that that perfectly passable song represents Neighborhoods least advisable moment does, however, display just how far the record has exceeded expectations. No, it isn't the best Blink album ever, but not even their most fanatical followers expected that, and the fact that it nestles in nicely alongside the rest of their discography quality-wise represents a depth which many dared not hope for. Their best years may be well behind them, but it's refreshing that a band many thought lost can still pull the stops, and although 2011 has seen better pop-punk releases, Neighborhoods surely comes as the year's most pleasant surprise.



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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,...

  • 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 ...

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


Comments:Add a Comment 
AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
October 1st 2011


7363 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Originally written for http://muzikdizcovery.com/

FromDaHood
Contributing Reviewer
October 1st 2011


9049 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Best. Summary. Ever.

KILL
October 1st 2011


71962 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

dude. ranch. is. better.

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pedroia55
October 1st 2011


1461 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I stopped after the summary

Tyrannic
October 1st 2011


3262 Comments


summary is win, good review pos

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
October 1st 2011


50568 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Good review buddy

Enotron
October 2nd 2011


7695 Comments


yeah summary is really dumb, i hate that whole "the awkward moment" meme thing

climactic
October 2nd 2011


19403 Comments


dude. ranch. is. better.


obv

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
October 2nd 2011


15743 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

its a pretty dumb meme but the review aint shabby

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Aids
Contributing Reviewer
October 2nd 2011


23909 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i think this is the review i agree the most with. pos

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xfearbefore
October 2nd 2011


1245 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good review man, I dug it. Same feelings I had on the album as well. This album is the definition of a "grower". I started off feeling nonplussed about it, but with more and more listens it started to click and now I love it. There are some great f'n songs on here.

Good review though, pos'd.

xfearbefore
October 2nd 2011


1245 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good review man, I dug it. Same feelings I had on the album as well. This album is the definition of a "grower". I started off feeling nonplussed about it, but with more and more listens it started to click and now I love it. There are some great f'n songs on here.

Good review though, pos'd.

amanwithahammer
October 2nd 2011


499 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Everyone, I know it's hard but we have to stop pretending this doesn't suck

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
October 2nd 2011


15743 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

amen

BassDemon333
October 2nd 2011


3409 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Awesome review. I agree with this completely. This doesnt suck btw.

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AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
October 2nd 2011


7363 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks guys, I knew the summary would be a bit love/hate haha

minty901
October 2nd 2011


2070 Comments


Great review, pos.

barcafan21
July 18th 2012


1924 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

great review, basically sums up my feelings for this review. wish i had read this before i wrote mine

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