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Blink 182 - Neighborhoods

Travis Fry   (128 reviews)

Posted: 10/13/2011 | Comments: 8 | Rate:

For nearly 20 years Mark Hoppus and Tom Delonge have been writing and playing music with each other. Each album they evolved making each album new and exciting. With their self-titled album released in 2003 they moved away from their pop punk roots and went in the direction of rock. Neighborhoods continues down this same road.

Being a hater of their last album, I had very low expectations from this album. The first track "Ghost On The Dance Floor" has a very reminiscent sound of a Boxcar Racer song. This song started the album quite well. I found myself really enjoying it. Actually is my favorite song on the album.

Throughout the album it really feels less like a Blink 182 album but a compilation of their side projects from the 8 or so years. With electronic parts creeping in here and there and the lack of pop punk on this album, the similarities of +44 and Angels and Airwaves are very apparent.

Although I am comparing this to their other projects, this is much better than any of them. The chemistry the band has together is what makes the album sound the way it does.

Even though this is better than I thought it would be, it wasn't great. I honestly don't feel like this is a Blink 182 album. Almost completely abandoning the pop punk sound really takes away their special sound. I understand that they aren't going to write albums like their early work but completely abandoning your sound in favor of something that is meant to garner a wider audience. This album isn't crap but it isn't a Blink 182 album either. Too long away from their roots has truly changed them into a band that no longer seems relevant.

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Comments
que te follen
20,134 Posts
34/F/PA
Most of this reminds me of the depressing stuff they had on their self titled album, and definitely similar to side projects. I wasn't thrilled with it either.
BODYROTT
4,621 Posts
29/M/PA
this album is less than nothing
Woooo!
27,787 Posts
43/M/PA
I did not think it was that bad, but it was okay.
dr. spaceman
23,170 Posts
33/M/OH
Originally posted by: Lifetime74

I did not think it was that bad, but it was okay.

nah im alright
3,871 Posts
34/M/PA
im into this album.
most of toms parts are annoying but ill take what i can get.
cant write about your dick into your mid 30s
Pulp Free
52,190 Posts
35/M/PA
Originally posted by: ScrewFlanders

im into this album.
most of toms parts are annoying but ill take what i can get.
cant write about your dick into your mid 30s




I can get passed the maturation of lyrical content but this album sounds nothing even remotely close to Dude Ranch. It honestly sounds like a completely different project. If you just played the music for me with no vocals, I wouldn't have been able to guess that it was a Blink 182 record.
nah im alright
3,871 Posts
34/M/PA
well no shit. would you really expect/want them to make the same record from 1997? and the new one has more faster songs than the S/T did.
Pulp Free
52,190 Posts
35/M/PA
Self-titled stunk too. But they should keep some sort of the core that they were known for.

Taking in the same genre, up until the most recent one, NFG was able to write an album that atleast sounded like the old stuff while still experimenting slightly.

It's not like Blink 182 is on some super talent level like Rush or something. Pop-punk has always been simple and fun. The last two Blink records, especially this new one, are exactly the opposite.

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