Future Idiots
Neighborhoods & Morningwoods


3.0
good

Review

by sailSAway USER (5 Reviews)
October 31st, 2012 | 35 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Blink fans from the 90's might wake up with morningwood.

Blink-182 is well known across North America as a popular punk sensation that made their way to the top during the 90′s. Over the course of their early albums, Dude Ranch through Take Off You Pants and Jacket, Blink perfected a sound known best as “pop-punk”. The last release the trio made before disbanding found Blink turning in a new direction. They had developed into what some will argue as a more “mature” sound. Their new sound was fuller, and fleshed out with more ambient production. Their new sound was explored further by each member’s side project after Blink parted ways in the mid 2000′s. After each member went on to pursue small side careers, Blink reunited for an album and tour in 2011 brandishing the newer Blink sound they had developed before splitting.

This is where Future Idiots come in. They are a Swedish “pop-punk” band who sound very similar to the early Blink-182. After only a few official releases, Future Idiots felt inspired to tribute their most important musical influence by releasing an all-Blink-182 cover album. The album by Future Idiots is called Neighborhoods & Morningwoods, and it covers every song from the most recent Blink-182 release Neighborhoods. FI’s release is unique because it caters to Blink fans who appreciate the band’s early days as a “pop-punk” group. Future Idiots have created an album for anyone who prefers the old Blink-182 sound, and would like to hear Blink’s album Neighborhoods as if it were produced a decade ago. If you were a fan of Blink-182′s sound back in the late 90′s or early 2000′s, and find yourself grumbling that Blink’s sound has changed too much, you must listen to this!

Every aspect of this album is a throwback to Blink’s early days. The production, instruments, and vocals are styled around what the album (“should”) would have sounded like if Blink had released it in their early days. FI made changes to instrumental rhythms, song structures, and vocal melodies. The changes are important for the sake of recreating the dynamics of classic Blink albums such as Enema of the State. Neighborhoods & Morningwoods sounds like a completely different album than Blink’s original work. I "morningwoodn’t" say either version of this album is better, but I think Future Idiots’ decision is a clever, ingenious move, that will satisfy the Blink fans who were marginalized by the group’s evolution. Plain and simple, it’s a pop-punk album that is worth a spin.

This album has a few shortcomings, some related to the original flaws in Blink's material, some related to the translation of the songs. Some of the tracks simply don't do the original songs justice. It might lose its appeal faster for someone who listened to Blink's version extensively. On the other hand, it might be a tasty twist on some great material that was released last year.


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sailSAway
October 30th 2012


900 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFwhy did it create a new album when i chose the one already here..............................

pmmets07
October 30th 2012


5929 Comments


this is well written but i wouldn't call it a review. you barely discussed the content of the album at all. based on this review, i have no idea what their version of Neighborhoods sounds like besides the fact that it sounds like old blink.

sailSAway
October 30th 2012


900 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

good point. that's pretty much all there is to it. i'll add some more info if i can get this album problem sorted out...

pmmets07
October 30th 2012


5929 Comments


also nice pun.

Cygnatti
October 30th 2012


22290 Comments


album rating is very correct

butthurt blink fans mang

also... there are two of this album?

Digging: Jerry Lee Lewis - Live at the Star Club, Hamburg

breakingthefragile
October 30th 2012


2966 Comments


One of the worst summaries I've ever seen in my life, and that's coming from the guy who's always making the puns.

Digging: Molly Drake - Molly Drake

Cygnatti
October 30th 2012


22290 Comments


if breaking doesn't like it

it means that it is either really good an ignore whatever he has to say

or it means that it is so ridiculously bad that is just go dig your own grave

TheSupernatural
October 30th 2012


1293 Comments


I liked Neighborhoods and this album is basically a watered down version of it with the exception of Up All Night

Cygnatti
October 30th 2012


22290 Comments


oh c'mon, neighborhoods was crap

this is much better except a few tracks like after midnight is just as shit as the original, probs worse

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 30th 2012


20158 Comments


pos'd just for the summary lol

review is alright not great

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Cygnatti
October 30th 2012


22290 Comments


you gonna listen to this, atari?

it's better than the original, I promise. :]

Cygnatti
October 30th 2012


22290 Comments


but I don't ever want old blink or new blink >:/

sixdegrees
October 30th 2012


17710 Comments


pls tell us more about how u hate them

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Cygnatti
October 30th 2012


22290 Comments


I could and I would, but I won't

Cygnatti
October 30th 2012


22290 Comments


hehee

she rules yeah

Cygnatti
October 30th 2012


22290 Comments


and besides

saves the day > turnover > pop punk > blink

duh obvs

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 30th 2012


20158 Comments


@chipmunk,

yeah i'm gonna listen to it been busy with dishonored video game

foultzyyy
October 30th 2012


40 Comments


uninspired, boring, vanilla pop punk that is more generic and run-of-the-mill than anything close to "old blink" musically

if I want old blink I'll listen to old blink. if I want new blink I'll listen to new blink. [2]

Cygnatti
October 30th 2012


22290 Comments


"the fact you don't even know or can't appreciate the guys humor apart from the band tells me your personality is boring."

I'm not sure what this means, and I'm not sure who you're referring to. :/
I dun recall any humor being mentioned.

Cygnatti
October 30th 2012


22290 Comments


is this the same documentary alex gaskarth watched which made him think that blink wasn't a bunch of sellouts after all?

hmm, has dammit and josie in it... maybe worth watching

maybe



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