by SteveP USER (3 Reviews)
October 8th, 2011 | 11 replies

Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Although Neighborhoods does not quite live up to its predecessor lyrically or emotionally, it still features plenty of very good songs, and shows that Blink-182 can still make a solid album after 20 years.

In February 2009, after a 4-year hiatus that was considered at the start to be “indefinite”, California pop-punk trio Blink-182 reunited and began working on a new album. On September 27th, the band’s album, Neighborhoods, which they spent over two years recording, was released. With Neighborhoods, Blink-182 proved that they are still relevant and still creating a catchy, but mature version of the pop-punk sound that they helped innovate.

Neighborhoods could be seen as a continuation of the band’s sound that they began developing with their 2003 self-titled album. After playing catchy pop-punk for a decade, the band started to experiment with a darker, more mature sound on their self-titled effort. This sound has been taken even further on Neighborhoods. Older Blink-182 fans looking for fun, immature songs such as their old hits “All the Small Things” or “What’s My Age Again” won’t find them here. Instead, they will find a collection of dark songs reflecting on themes such as death and grieving. The album still features plenty of catchy hooks; songs like “After Midnight” and “Heart’s All Gone” feature choruses as strong as those of their old hits, only with far more mature lyrics.

Musically, Neighborhoods features less of a traditional pop-punk sound than previous releases. The guitar work has become more complex, and many songs feature synthesizers. Hints of the band’s side projects, including Angels & Airwaves, can be heard on songs such as opening track “Ghost on the Dancefloor”, which is slower than most Blink-182 songs, and features some elements of ambient and electronic music.

While Neighborhoods does a surprisingly good job at living up to the hype of a comeback album, it fails to emotionally resonate quite as well as the band’s self-titled album, which did a fantastic job of telling stories and painting pictures in the mind of the listener. The lyrics on Neighborhoods are far more vague, which works well on some songs (“Natives”, “After Midnight”) and struggles to resonate on others (“Up All Night”).

Neighborhoods comes in both a standard edition and a deluxe edition. The standard is only 10 songs, while the deluxe is 14. Two of the bonus songs on the deluxe edition (“Snake Charmer”, “Fighting the Gravity”) are very experimental-sounding, and are the weakest tracks on the album. It is interesting to hear a variety of different songs from a band such as Blink-182, so the deluxe edition is probably the best choice for fans, but those who choose the standard edition won’t miss out on much.

Blink-182 fans will be divided by Neighborhoods. Those who were turned off by the band’s experimenting on their previous album will not find much here to enjoy, beyond a few catchy choruses. Fans of the band’s self-titled effort will almost certainly enjoy this release, because it continues with a dark, mature, exploration of different musical genres and lyrical themes. Although Neighborhoods does not quite live up to its predecessor lyrically or emotionally, it still features plenty of very good songs, and shows that Blink-182 can still make a solid album, and are still developing musically after 20 years.

-Overall rating: 4/5

-Recommended tracks:
“Ghost on the Dancefloor”
“After Midnight”

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October 8th 2011


Album Rating: 4.0

I'm new here, and decided to post this review that I wrote for my college newspaper on here. I know another 4-star review of this album wasn't necessary, but I figured since I already wrote it I might as well post it and get some feedback. The style of this review was obviously geared towards a newspaper, with background info on Blink that I'm sure most of you already know, so just keep that in mind. This is the first non track-by-track that I've written, so I'd like constructive criticism only please.

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October 8th 2011


Excellent, excellent start. Instant pos'. Main issues are pretty much just that the structuring and choice of words are far too similar to a lot of other reviews on this site.

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Contributing Reviewer
October 8th 2011


Album Rating: 4.0

clicking with this so hard now, especially the lyrics. really impressed so far

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October 8th 2011


I'm still dazzled by the fact that it's actually a good album

October 8th 2011


Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

There's no way "Snake Charmer" is one of the worst songs on the album. Still get a pos though.

Electric City
October 8th 2011


Album Rating: 2.5

fighting the gravity rules man. i wouldve loved an album where they committed to that sound, just gone balls out experimental. at least then it would've been interesting. everything i read about neighborhoods just makes me hate tom delonge more and more. he REFUSED to play in the same studio with them, according to Rolling Stone anyway.

Staff Reviewer
October 8th 2011


Album Rating: 2.5

fighting gravity is annoying

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October 8th 2011


Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks for the feedback everyone.

A lot of people seem to like Snake Charmer, so I guess I'm in the minority, but I just haven't been able to get into it. Fighting the Gravity is just boring to me. An experimental album from Blink would be interesting but I can't see myself really enjoying an album full of songs like Fighting the Gravity. I have also heard from many sources that Tom is pretty much an asshole, and pretty much caused the breakup. I wonder how many more albums we'll get from the band in the future before they break up again.

October 8th 2011


Ryan told me to check this review out, pretty damn good start man. You said in the comments that this
was the first non track-by-track you've written? Wow. Good stuff. I pos'd.

October 8th 2011


Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks man!

October 9th 2011


Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I proud

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