Monday, February 09, 2009

The Album You Missed: Blink-182

(The Album You Missed is a recurring feature which describes a great album from the past that well, you might have missed and should probably go out and listen to. Seriously, just even download it on-line, it will take you 6 minutes.)

Sorry for the lack of posting, I can’t fathom how busy I have been as of late. Work and life (although I am quite happy with the latter taking up more time) have kept me hectic as of late. This post itself is fairly poorly written, but I am too excited about recent events to put off this post till I have more time to really do it. So without further delay, I present you with an album I am so stoked to be re-evaluating right now, the 2004 self titled release, Blink 182.

As many of you know, Blink announced a revival of the band this week at the Grammys. For myself, no other band save for Green Day, has had the effect on musical taste as Blink has. I could not be more pumped for this re-union. One thing that amps up the joy is the note the band released via their web site stating they would be picking up the new album right where they left off with the last, their 2004 self titled release. This is fantastic news, because as you will learn, this album presented the pinnacle of Blink 182’s sound and musical evolution.

Following on 4 albums of pop-punk, potty humor, and skate-punk culture, Blink evolved with a ground breaking, mature album. The first single Feeling This didn’t break too far from the prior mold of Blink music, but the critically acclaimed, I Miss You changed the perception of the band greatly, topping out at #42 on the Billboard Hot 100. I Miss You became a ballad built on class and elegance, pulling at emotions prior Blink songs never had. Other singles Down and Always built on this more mature and serious tone for Blink, adding to the notion the band could now seriously write music, and not just jokes.

Naturally, true Blink fans knew the band could write and knew the boys could thrash before all this. Travis Barker remains the best drummer in the genre, and Tom and Mark flow together like captain and coke. The rest of Blink 182 carried gems like the Robert Smith featured All of This, the head thrashing Violence, and instrumental powered The Fallen Interlude. Each song carried lyrical weight, messages about love, family, war and peace that no track in the band’s history ever quite accomplished.

Now with Travis recovered from a tragic plane crash, and the hatchet between the three buried, we can only hope to be reunited with the music they were just starting to learn to create. I implore you to go out and listen to this one, prepare for the gifts you are about to receive from the kings of pop-punk.

Score: 5 out of 5 enemas