Blink-182
Enema of the State


3.5
great

Review

by SAPoodle USER (55 Reviews)
June 1st, 2019 | 25 replies


Release Date: 1999 | Tracklist

Review Summary: When I listen to it now, I’m 13 all over again – carefree, upbeat and laughing really, really hard at mom jokes.

Enema of the State is a classic album. Love it or hate it, there’s no denying the colossal impact blink-182’s turn-of-the-millennium release had on pop-punk and mainstream music in general. Today, Enema of the State celebrates its 20th anniversary and with more than 15 million units sold, has arguably cemented its place as the greatest pop punk album of all time.

While it’s certainly no Dark Side of the Moon or OK Computer, for a bunch of Generation Y teens Enema of the State stands as a landmark ‘growing up’ album. Who could forget hearing those initial blistering seconds of “Dumpweed” for the first time" Nothing else was able to so accurately convey those uniquely teenage problems; Blink tapped into a level of maturity (or rather, immaturity) that could be understood and appreciated by youngsters ranging from preadolescents like myself to young adults nearing their 20s. In other words, Enema of the State might not be timeless but it does perfectly encapsulate the sound of a generation.

Really, what blink-182 offer on this album is a variation of the same song structures, poppy choruses and boyish, immature lyrics that defined their previous two full-length releases. If I had to try and be objective, imagine as if I was hearing this album for the first time now, I’m sure I would note that almost all the songs sound basically the same. There’s no shortage of energy, though, and new drummer Travis Barker’s performance certainly elevated the band’s sound to new heights. The aforementioned “Dumpweed” wouldn’t have had nearly the same impact if it weren’t for Travis’ outstanding performance behind the kit. As someone who’s never done so much as play the triangle, I can’t say whether it’s technically impressive or not (although the speed and precision with which he plays definitely gives that impression) but there is no doubt that it works perfectly with the style of music Blink were playing at the time.

Of course, everyone knows “What’s My Age Again” and “All the Small Things”, which make them potentially more annoying for seasoned listeners after MTV and radio played them to death. The best song on the album, and the least successful of the three singles, is “Adam’s Song”, a track that foreshadows the emo pop movement that would become so successful later in the decade. In stark contrast to every other song on the album, “Adam’s Song” is dark and serious, with lyrical themes of depression inspired by a teenager’s suicide note. Controversially, it would later be played on repeat by a survivor of the Columbine High School massacre as he hanged himself in his garage – sadly undermining Mark Hoppus’ intention for it as an anti-suicide song.

Other standouts include the gratuitously juvenile “Dysentery Gary”, breakup song “Don’t Leave Me”, the romantic longing of “Going Away to College” and the closer-that-was-so-good-that-it-spawned-a-sequel, “Anthem”. In fact, key to Enema of the State's legendary status is the sheer consistency of the songs; while there are some that are better than others, not a single track feels out of place and it’s impossible to imagine the album any differently. Even the least impressive cuts – namely “The Party Song” and “Mutt” – are pop punk classics. I mean, who hasn’t tried to keep up with Mark Hoppus during those semi-rapped verses on the former" And while “Mutt” feels most like a song that should have appeared on the band’s previous release, Dude Ranch, it is perfectly placed here in a way that would never have worked on another album.

I know I’m biased in my assessment of Enema of the State. Hell, who isn’t" On the surface it’s nothing more than a shitty pop record appealing to a bunch of kids who think swearing and fart jokes are rebellious. To my younger self, though, it was mankind’s crowning musical achievement and there have been very few albums before or since that have had the same lasting impact on my life. When I listen to it now, I’m 13 all over again – carefree, upbeat and laughing really, really hard at mom jokes.



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JWT155
June 1st 2019


14383 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Excellent timing for this review, this record turned 20 today.

Nerdurosis
June 1st 2019


109 Comments


I still enjoy this album from time to time. Nice review. POS'D


StrikeOfTheBeast
June 1st 2019


7669 Comments


keep your friends close...

and your enemas closer

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Lucman
June 1st 2019


2724 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Adam's Song is an all-timer for me in regards to pop/punk.

Larkinhill
June 1st 2019


2492 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Solid album. Aliens Exist is a top 5 blink song for me. Adam’s Song would make my top 10. Mutt and Dumpweed are fucking awesome too.



I actually don’t like the singles though. They were way, WAY overplayed on MTV/TRL back in high school. Those songs are still burnt for me.

Source
June 1st 2019


11731 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Album is ok I guess

Iamthe Nightstars
June 1st 2019


2789 Comments


Best Blink album easily.

Larkinhill
June 1st 2019


2492 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Ehhh no.

mvdu
June 2nd 2019


778 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Sometimes you just want a fun experience, and this album, while not an overall classic, is a classic at delivering fun.

SAPoodle
June 2nd 2019


702 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I think the self-titled is their best work but this album is just so nostalgic. Childhood was all about pop-punk for me and this was the defining album from that time period.

BenThatsMyJamin
June 2nd 2019


2523 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

And then I saw her standing there



With green eyes and long blonde hair



She wasn't wearing underwear...

claygurnz
June 2nd 2019


5344 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Such a fun album. Perfect for this time of year.

Iamthe Nightstars
June 2nd 2019


2789 Comments


The self titled has some cool stuff on it and so does some other albums but this album for me is just blink doing what they did best. Writing catchy songs.

Larkinhill
June 2nd 2019


2492 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah s/t is my favorite as well. I think as far as them writing fun catchy songs, Dude Ranch has this beat — but this is still good.

NorwichScene
June 3rd 2019


2873 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This album is at least a 4

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Larkinhill
June 3rd 2019


2492 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It’s close, but not quite for me. A high 3.5 though. Dude Ranch is 4, S/T is a 4.5.

Sinternet
June 3rd 2019


19678 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

will never understand why people like untitled so much it's so sappy and unrewarding. this and dude ranch have the energy and catchiness that made blink actually stand out.

claygurnz
June 3rd 2019


5344 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I think it's because a lot of people (me included) like the change of pace, and as I get older I find it harder and harder to relate to this and TOYPAJ especially as it's so immature. Although the immaturity on this has a certain charm to it.

SAPoodle
June 3rd 2019


702 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Whether the self-titled is their most enjoyable album is hard to say... but I do believe it's their best. The songwriting was a real step-up on that one. This one feels like more of a guilty pleasure but it can still be really good when you're in the mood for it.

QuinnObropta
June 3rd 2019


141 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Excellent review. I was blasting this all day Saturday in honor of the anniversary



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