BLINK 182 – CALIFORNIA
Released: Jul 01, 2016
℗ 2016 Viking Wizard Eyes
- Bored to Death
- She’s out of Her Mind
- Los Angeles
- Built This Pool
- No Future
- Home Is Such a Lonely Place
- Kings of the Weekend
- Teenage Satellites
- Left Alone
- Rabbit Hole
- San Diego
- The Only Thing That Matters
- Brohemian Rhapsody
Contributed by Lauren Carney
This is Blink-182‘s seventh album and what an album it is. The pop punk skater kids are still bringing it. Replacing DeLonge with Alkaline Trio’s Matt Skiba, means the sound was always going to be a little different than what we are used to (side note: I have never heard his previous work in Alkaline Trio). In their stead is a much rawer, power-chord-only approach. Where this album stands out the most for me fro is the classic Blink 182 is in the vocals, but no surprise there.
In terms of drum and bass, not much has changed, apart from Hoppus’ newfound use for the bass chords, and that slightly heavier emphasis to the hip hop beats from Barker. Having said that, I find this album to be one of their catchiest ones so far.
Track one, Cynical. This song is very slow at first with nothing but a guitar to start you off. It’s also a very short song only going for a 1mintue and 55 seconds some would say a short but sweet opening and you wouldn’t be wrong it’s almost cheeky like. As if to say what you’ve been waiting for is finally here.
Bored To Death: I just love the pop/punk feel to this song. The fun bass chords and the slightly heavier drums. This song had me right from reading the name, it caught my eye and made me rather keen to listen to it. I wasn’t disappointed. I’m not sure what it is about this song, but it’s defiantly got me hooked wanting to play this album over and over again.
She’s Out Of Her Mind: This is your typical classic funk pop punk love song. The kind of song we all grew up listening to at some point from one of our pop punk bands. But yet Blink 182 still makes it their very own with the words “we all need something to live for” staying in our head long after the song has come to an end.
Los Angeles: For me, I found that Barker’s drum work was the highlight of this song. Having said that this is the type of song the fans will either love or hate. I found myself sitting on the fence with this one.
Sober: I found myself singing along to this song, without even knowing the words. Very easy to pick up and by the second play, I found I was able to sing along to every word. This song is an overall fun and VERY catchy song… ok, it’s so catchy, I have still got it on repeat even though I have got a ton of other songs to review! This song painted a picture in my mind of 40+-year-olds running around like young teenagers and causing mayhem throughout the neighbourhood. The piano ends a fantastic finishing touch.
Built This Pool: It looks like they brought that classic joke song back that we haven’t seen for a number of years. You can tell they are really having fun with this album.. I mean let’s face it we all want to see naked dudes. (you will get this joke once you check out the album and song).
No Future: An opening drum beat accompanying a strangely similar guitar riff. I feel that the guitar is the strongest and most outstanding part of this song, although the drums and vocals do match rather well as well.
Home Is Such A Lonely Place: I find this song to be both lullaby and a love song it gives off great emotion as both Matt and Mark harmonising gives the song that finishing touch to the very end. Guitar and drums fitting nicely into place, it seems they tried to do something different, did it work for them? Some may yes while others are left to question it. For me, I feel it did. They wanted to show the fans something different and they brought it to the end.
Kings of the weekend: Any song that starts with drums or bass is the starting point to selling me a song Mark jumps in with Matt shortly following on guitar. As the song moves along it picks up more. This song has had me hating Mondays more then I already did. Haha if that was possible. It’s a song that makes me want to throw a wild party and have it on repeat until the weekends over.
Teenage Satellites: Matt Skiba gets his chance to shine as he takes the center stage for this one. Again solid drum work for me. But I have to say that, this would be the least favourite on the album but we all have that one. I felt the ending picked up a lot drawing the song into the ending it deserved.
Left Alone: Beginning of this song left me a little confused. This was something I wasn’t expecting, at all. I kind of felt like I was in a music video in some retro world, flying through space and drunk off my face. I feel they went very left of field with this song and it really caught me off guard but in the end, I felt it worked really well for them and over all, I really enjoyed the song.
Rabbit Hole: Fast and right into it. This song feels like it should be played at a pool side party with a group of friends just hanging. It gives of that party like it’s your last day on earth vibe.
San Diego: A song I feel I can relate to. About thinking that a small part of you wanting to go back to the place you grew up but deep down inside you never want to go back because you only need the memories you had when you were a kid.
The Only Thing That Matters: Here’s that heavy Blink 182 we all know and love. It’s a shame it’s such a short song falling just short of 2 mins. It’s only when you just start to get into it that it comes to a end. A solid song by the band with great riffs fun drumming and great vocals.
California: Whenever I hear a song called California it makes me want to jump on the plane and head there (ed: who wouldn’t) and this song was no different. I felt this song to be no different Blink being my Sirens calling me to join them in California.
Brohemian Rhapsody: A fast 30 second pop/punk track of riffs and drums. The last few seconds ending with the vocals “There’s something about you, that I can’t quite put my finger in!”
There is a bonus track, but I will I’ll leave that as a surprise but I will say it’s rather a enjoyable one.
Over all this was a great album and was something I wasn’t expecting from the band but rather enjoyed the changes and it will be interesting to see what these skater kids do next