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The middling stopgap between their two classics.
on 28 December 2006
In their fairly long career, blink-182 created two brilliant punk albums, one that defined them - 1999's pop masterpiece Enema Of The State - and one that redefined and destroyed them - 2003's eclectic, untitled, final album - and in between came Take Off Your Pants And Jacket.
Ending up between the towering figures of those two albums does it a disservice. Without doubt, this album is crammed with great singles; 'First Date,' a wilfully dumb but loveable canter that's the pop-punk equivalent of 'Could Well Be In' by the Streets; the entertaining sugar-rush of 'The Rock Show'; and by far the standout track and signpost for the future, the divorce-themed heartbreaker that is 'Stay Together For The Kids,' one of their most mature songs.
There's also a couple of decent album tracks, like 'Anthem (Part II),' following on from its namesake, albeit in an inferior form; and admittedly, 'Happy Holidays, You Bastard' is hilarious, though it shouldn't be. However, the rest of this album is relentless filler at the best of times. This is the kind of material that blink-182 can write standing on their head, and it's unsurprising that they thought it a dead end, leading to Tom Delonge's side project 'Boxcar Racer' the next year and then the next blink album.
If you're a real blink fan, then you should add this to your collection, be it for completism's sake or simply to soak up the better moments. If you're only passing by, then all the songs you need from this album are available on the flawless Greatest Hits collection.