First off, I can’t believe that I am actually writing a review on a blink-182 record. Between delays, tension in the band, and an uncertain future, nobody knew when we would hear from Blink-182 again. But with Matt Skiba from Alkaline Trio coming in to take over from uncommitted co-founder Tom Delonge, things took a step in the right direction. There is another time and place to get into those details, but for now, lets hope into the highly anticipated comeback album from the kings of Pop Punk!
It starts out with the track “Cynical” that features a lone guitar and vocals from Mark Hoppus that kicks into fast paced pop punk fueled by the quick and high energy drumming that Travis Barker is known for. Personally I think this is the prefect kick start to the record and a good indication of what the record sounds like with the rebuilt brand.
Funny songs are back! When you take the 3 member of the band and average their ages you get a little over 40 years old. But that’s not stopping them from tossing in some fun, fast, quick songs. “Built This Pool” and “Brohemian Rhapsody” are the little over 45 seconds worth of funny, catchy, and nostalgic blink-182 we all know and love!
Blink also rolls out a song that is kind of a rarity from their discography. “Home is Such a Lonely Place” is a song that is broken with appearances from an acoustic guitar and violins. With beautiful melodies from Mark and Matt and emotional lyrics this could be one of the few songs that blink-182 has ever put out that could bring a tear to your eye.
Now for my personal favorite song on the record. At this point I have only listened through the record a few times, but the song that really sticks out to me is “Kings of The Weekend”. This song is something that should be played loud in a car full of friends on the way to the beach, a party, or some sort of fun escape! This song sounds like something that could be pulled right off 2001 release “Take Off Your Pants and Jacket” and it’s sure to inspire some kids to go out and find a good time!
Final verdict, I am probably a bit biased writing this review, and I could write pages on pages about this band and album. But I will leave you all with this last little sound off. This record is proof that blink-182 is still alive and well in the pop punk scene, and if this lineup is the future of blink-182 then we are in for some fantastic music!
Written By: TL Dickens