Blink-182
Dogs Eating Dogs


4.0
excellent

Review

by Cragorio USER (5 Reviews)
January 13th, 2013 | 26 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The songs that would've completed Neighborhoods.

2011 marked the emphatic return of pop punk icons, 'Blink-182'. After a recording hiatus of eight-long years, it was time for the 90’s punk icons to show us what we’ve been missing. Whether it is the mournful melancholy of 'Miss You', or the pop parodiable 'All the small things', Fans could always rely on Blink to deliver high octane verses, and catchy choruses.

Their 2011 release, 'Neighborhoods', was received with mixed reviews: Some enjoyed Blink’s continuation of their grown up sound, originating from their self titled album – Others slammed the band for straying too far from their roots. This reviewer resides in the middle of the debate; the first half of the album rocks – With their grown up sound intact – Whilst the second half feels like an ill-advised after thought. Luckily, for the fans of mature Blink, their 2012 EP, 'Dogs Eating Dogs', is a more streamlined release from the kings of commercial punk.

DED kicks off proceeding with the rock-fuelled 'When I was young'. Tom DeLonge - renowned for his slight off-key vocals – sings his heart out with an enthusiasm we haven’t heard since their self titled album. It is truly a wonderful thing when Mark and Tom share vocal duties; this album allows the pair to showcase their unique voices. Tom’s quintessential American accent and Mark’s deep bass voice combine in a way that places them firmly in the foreground, demoting their guitars to background duties. Though, on paper, these guys aren’t pitch-perfect front men, they sure know how to write a song.

'Dogs eating Dogs' continues the mature Blink formula: a fast, hard hitting verse, a crescendo filled pre-chorus, a highly imaginative chorus, and dare I mention it, a semi-indulgent bridge. Like 'Linkin Park' – but substantially better – these guys know how to construct a perfectly uplifting chorus to compliment their verses.

'Disaster' is easily the best song on the album because it pushes the group’s creativity and their lust for ingenuity. Instead of completely rewriting the book, 'Blink-182' for all their roughness, decide to mix their previous musical experiences to forge one unforgettable song. The chorus sounds like 'Angels and Airwaves' at their peak (if such a thing existed) as Tom utilises his long held notes whilst Travis Barker lays down a suitably epic – yet reserved drum pattern. Mark’s background vocals borrow heavily from their hit single 'Down' – They simply replace ‘Down’ with ‘disaster’; self aware observations like this provide the band with the creative freedom they should have invoked within 'Neighborhoods.'

The band admitted themselves that they enjoyed crafting this EP more than the 'Neighborhoods' recording sessions, and it shows. If the band had been constrained within a record company deal, then a song 'like Boxing Day', or the rapping section in 'pretty little girl' may never have existed. The fact that they didn’t have a record label guaranteed creative freedom. The only real negative of this EP – and it’s through no fault of its own – is how monotonous it makes the second half of 'Neighborhoods' sound. These songs would have sounded perfect on their comeback album, but instead they are the sole property of a digital only release: take this as you will.


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BenitoOfficial (4)
Sounds like Neighborhoods, but exceeds it....

keyokeyo (2.5)
A conservative melding of side projects that just manages to sustain anticipation for LP number seve...

tmagistrelli (2.5)
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Comments:Add a Comment 
ChopSuey
January 13th 2013


2392 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

not bad

Calc
January 13th 2013


12190 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

there's some terms that seemed shoehorned into this review but yeah what chopsuey said.

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Minus.
January 13th 2013


2680 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

EP is pretty bad

Cragorio
January 13th 2013


7 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

What seemed shoehorned? Just so I can learn from mistakes in the future.

Calc
January 13th 2013


12190 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

well Mark doesnt have a deep bass voice by any means.

-im not sure how this band has a lust for ingenuity

-this band also isn't punk nor have they ever been. they're pop-punk.

and these aren't mistakes on your part just nitpicking on my part.



Cragorio
January 13th 2013


7 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Lol oh right, thanks man. I did mention they were pop-punk at the beginning, but I guess I got lazy lol.

Hep Kat
January 13th 2013


15351 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

uh i gotta make a fuckin rulin on this right now

pop-punk is still punk



Calc
January 13th 2013


12190 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

lol well i fuckin disagree

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
January 13th 2013


50375 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Have you even heard House Boat?

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demigod!
January 13th 2013


44389 Comments


i agree with hep kat
it's just that most pop punk is kinda trash

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Crawl
January 13th 2013


1617 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

nothing wrong with thrash ;)

newjunk2
January 13th 2013


230 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

EP sucks. Even worse than Neighborhoods. Can't we all just agree that the very existence of blink-182 is sad at this point? Unfortunately they didn't rock hard enough to burn out and not fade away.

demigod!
January 13th 2013


44389 Comments


they should've never come back

well no they should've toured and stuff but they should've ended their discog with the near-perfect s/t

Vicho
January 13th 2013


137 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

they should've never come back [2]


Aids
Contributing Reviewer
January 13th 2013


23819 Comments


"-this band also isn't punk nor have they ever been. they're pop-punk."

biggest facepalm.jpg you can find on google

I don't know if I should listen to this or not.

demigod!
January 13th 2013


44389 Comments


probably not


bach
January 13th 2013


12596 Comments


If a band can't top their classics they have to quit.

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conesmoke
January 13th 2013


5212 Comments


that's rubbish. They have to evolve into something different.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
January 13th 2013


50375 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

They did evolve on the self titled
Then they devolved hard into what they are now

demigod!
January 13th 2013


44389 Comments


i still havent heard Neighbourhoods but im pretty sure i wouldnt like it




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