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Blink-182 Returns With “Neighborhoods”

Andy Ellis | Arts & Entertainment Editor | 10-12-2010

When we last heard new music from Blink-182, they decided to venture away from their lighthearted pop-punk sound into a darker area.  Looking back, it’s as if they were going for a sound that at times was a precursor to the sound that would become Tom Delonge’s Angels & Airwaves.

Additionally, the instrumentation was complex compared to the songs that had given the trio their break in the late ‘90s.  Eight years later they return right where they left off.  Now, even though the direction is darker and at times more complex when it comes to instrumentation, it’s still definitely Blink-182.

If you’re not a fan of the sound Blink-182 had on their last album then this might not be the one for you.  It still sounds like Blink-182, but without the “All The Small Things” kind of songs.  Another thing I should mention is that guitar player and vocalist of the band Tom DeLonge seems to take a majority of the lead vocals on the album, and sometimes that means I have to remind myself that this isn’t Angels & Airwaves.

Blink-182’s bass guitar player and vocalist Mark Hoppus does have a few lead vocal turns on “Hearts All Gone,” “Kaleidoscope,” and “MH 4.18.11.”  Other than that, he does trade lines with Tom on “Up All Night,” does the chorus on “Natives,” and harmonizes with DeLonge on the rest of the choruses.  The songs that do have Hoppus leading the pack seem to have more of a punk feel than the rest.

Most Blink-182 fans are just glad that they are back together and making music again.  In that sense it’s a really good album, because it’s a Blink-182 album.  However, I wasn’t completely blown away by anything on here.  With that said, I don’t think they’ve ever really aimed to blow people away.  They just want to have fun making and playing music, and in that case, they’ve succeeded.  I can’t wait to hear more.
My rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆