It took a near fatal plane crash to bring the boys of Blink-182 back together. When Travis Barker escaped the crash alive, Tom Delonge knew it was time to play music again together. The trio appeared on stage at the Grammy’s to announce their reformation after the indefinite hiatus in 2005. After touring for a couple years, the band completed the studio album titled “Neighborhoods”, and was released this past week. Here is a review of each track as well as the album as a whole.
- Ghost On the Dance Floor (10/10): a very solid opening song to the album. It is very upbeat and fun-loving, and starts with a classic Travis Barker drum solo with a nice catchy guitar riff and rhythm.
- Natives (8/10): A song that definitely roots back to the old Blink-182 days. It is both upbeat and hard hitting, and is a great showcase and contrast of the vocals of Tom DeLonge and Mark Hoppus.
- Up All Night (10/10): The band released this song as the opening hit single, and it was a great selection. It is my personal favorite song on the album, with a wonderful melody and story.
- After Midnight (8/10): Part of me really likes this song, but at times I find myself a bit bored. It has shown to be one of the more popular songs on the album regarding to consumer’s choice on iTunes.
- Snake Charmer (6/10): Pretty good song, but definitely falls short for me. Never quite reaches a peak, and isn’t super catchy.
- Heart’s All Gone Interlude (6/10): Very cool interlude, and I appreciate its intent. However, in terms of a listening track, it doesn’t measure up to the others.
- Heart’s All Gone (8/10): Right back to the punk rock feel with Travis Barker’s wild drumming and Mark Hoppus’ driving vocals. This song may not be playing on a radio station anytime soon, but old Blink-182 fans will appreciate this song.
- Wishing Well (9/10): I really like this song. It has a lot of Angels and Airwaves mixed into it, and it just gets stuck in your head. The line “I went to a wishing well” is very clever, and the chorus is well put together in general.
- Kaleidoscope (8/10): This song has a mellow feel to it and then picks up about halfway through. It is a solid song that deserves a listen, especially with the recognizable guitar fills.
- This is Home (7/10): This is a fun song that relates to the theme of the album as a whole. Not one of the more memorable songs out of the bunch, but a good listen and a legit track.
- Mh 4.18.2011 (7/10): The song was definitely crafted to model the feel of Mark Hoppus’ and Travis Barker’s +44 project. It is nice to hear Mark take the lead here, and while it’s not one of the best, it is a fun song to blast and rock to.
- Love is Dangerous (9/10): Something about this song keeps my foot tapping. I like the underlying bass drum in the verses, and I really like the vocal blending of Delonge and Hoppus in the verses. The idea that “love is dangerous” is also very relatable to the masses.
- Fighting the Gravity (5/10): I see that the band went for something different with this track, but I’m not a huge fan of the song. It’s still worth a listen, but it’s not a song that sticks out.
- Even If She Falls (8/10): This is a really light and fun song, and has a cool chorus with both Hoppus and Delonge taking the lead. Near the end of the song, it has a very catchy chorus/bridge that showcases Barker’s bass drum. It is solid ending track for the album.
The album has the Blink-182 feel we know with bits of pieces from Delonge’s Angels and Airwaves, and Hoppus’ and Barker’s +44. It may not be their best album to date; however, I really enjoy most of the songs. The band has matured from their earlier days, and their music has taken a different shape. I like the way they are headed, and it seems as if we will be hearing more music from Blink-182 for a long time.
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