California

Background

Blink 182 is a three piece pop punk band that comes from Poway, California with ordinary members Scott Raynor, Mark Hoppus and Tom Delonge. Raynor was fired midway through a 1998 tour and replaced by Barker where the band kicked off to super stardom with albums Enema of the State (1999) and Take Off Your Pants and Jacket and self titled ‘Blink 182′.

But in 2005 Tom quit the band to put the band into “indefinite hiatus”. But in 2009 the band reformed and in 2011 released Neightorhoods, but Tom left the band again, but was replaced by Matt Skiba from Alkaline Trio. This is Blink 182 seventh studio album called ‘California’ and was released July 1st 2016.

It was produced by John Feldmann who is best known as the lead singer of the band ‘Goldfinger’ and recording albums like All Time Low ‘Future Hearts’ , 5 Seconds of Summer ‘Sounds Good Feels Good’ and Good Charlotte latests album ‘Youth Authority’

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My Review

After five long years we finally got a new Blink 182 album but without Tom Delonge who leave the band again. He was replaced by Matt Skiba from Alkaline Trio and with my first thoughts about this news like any Blink  182 fan I didn’t know if it would really be Blink without Tom, but I was willing to give Matt a chance to see what would happen with the new line up.

So had to buy California when is come out on July 1st to see if it would work and I loved every minute of it and hasn’t stopped listening to it since that day. The energy and fun of Blink 182 is finally back that was missing a lot from Neightorhoods. This can be shown in tracks like ‘She’s Out of Her Mind’ and Kings of the Weekend with the catchy chorus and back to basic song structures.

But this album isn’t a Nostalgia trip with the band trying new ideas with songs like Los Angeles and California with using more electronic sounds and different styles with some hip hops beats in Los Angeles verses.  I was worried that with Tom gone the good vocal harmonies that Mark and Tom would be lose. But Matt and Mark voices work pretty well together in time but, is best shown in the song ‘Left Alone’ in the chorus with Matt vocal really standing out.

As must as I like to tell you that this the best album ever and their are parts that don’t work on this album. The lyrics aren’t bad, but isn’t nothing to write home about would of like to seen more darker lyrics from Mark as some of their best work been when Mark goes dark for example ‘Plus 44’ anyone.

Their at the time when they over use the ‘Oh oh, oh oh’ like in Bored to Death near the end which it does get stuck in your but it does sound like they were playing it safe and doing it to just get a hook.

Also, some songs like Home Is Such a Lonely Place and the short songs like Build This Pool and Brohemian Rhapsody doesn’t really do it for me because feeling like they are there just because and doesn’t really add to the album as a whole.

The produced by John Feldmann was really good with all the songs sounds big and fun, but it does feel too prefect and I feel that it loses that edge that made their early 2000’s so good but maybe that sounds did die when Jerry Finn die. But I think that’s just my personal taste.

Verdict: B-

So finally thought is Blink 182 are back and the fun is back in this album in my opinion with Catchy hoots and fast paced songs it a joy to listen to. With them using the hoots like ‘Oh oh, oh oh’ too much and repeating the same chords does get overused it not their best album their have every produced.

With some songs are better than others and Matt Skiba really goes adds to this band and can’t wait to see where the band goes in the future for any Blink 182 fan it a much listened. So let me know what you thought of the album in the comment below and also check out my Twitter,Facebook and Instagram accounts.

 

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