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Could, and SHOULD have been so much more...,
This review is from: blink-182 (Audio CD)
I'd been anticipating the release of this album for almost 2 yrs, and I have to say it stirs up a mixed bag of feelings for me; I REALLY dislike it, and as a loyal fan, I HATE that I dislike it! I've followed Blink since Cheshire Cat, and have seen many fellow fans disapprove of the more pop-styled Enema and T.O.Y.P.A.J; opinions which I found crazy! For me, every Blink album had so far outdone the last, and I was expecting this trend to continue; especially as it's been so long in production. I loved Boxcar Racer, which I bought as a welcome stop-gap for me initially, and which MAJORLY grew on me through summer 2002 - so much so, I rank it among my fave albums. Ultimately I began to think of Boxcar as the 'unofficial' Blink album of 2002. Boxcar was a new darker sound, and it worked! Tom's whiney voice really worked in this grittier tone.
With this in mind, I was expecting big things of the new album, but alas it hasn't delivered. It tries to be both Blink and Boxcar, and this indecisiveness causes it to be neither. It hurt me to not like it, and so I've spent the past 10 days listening to the album over & over to try and make myself like it, but only 5 songs are just about ok: Feeling This, Violence (ruined by some cringey and needless narrative at the end), Always, All Of This (would have sounded better with Mark singing the verses, and not that Cure guy though!) and Not Now (How is this a UK-only bonus track??? It's the best song on an otherwise dire album, the Americans deserve this one on their version!). The other songs are frighteningly average and it feels like they've spent so long working on it, that it became a chore for them. I can't stress enough how sub-average the rest of the album is, other than the 5 tracks I've named. I think one of the major reasons for this is that the rhythm and pace in many of the tracks are shifted too much, so you can't relax into the song and 'feel the music', for wishing they'd leave it alone.
In these other reviews, people have listed Stockholm Syndrome and Obvious as good etc, but I really haven't been able to understand why! I hope the next album doesn't continue in this way... I'm not optimistic though. If Blink want to persist with a darker tone, they should look at Sum41, who at least make it powerful and use cohesive rhythms and riffs. They should also broaden their knowledge of chords, as the ones they've used so effectively in the past don't achieve that darker tone properly, and end up making the songs sound a little pretentious. I even think my love for all things Blink is making me overly-generous with giving this 3 stars! I never thought I'd write a bad Blink review, but there you go. Look what you made me do guys! Prove me wrong with your next one, ok? PLEASE!