I am about to do something that may make you hate me, criticise blink-182. The day, scratch that, the minute after the release of the long-awaited album of Tom, Mark, and Travis, I send a command on my computer instructing it to begin the download process so I may begin listening to what I believed was going to cause a musicgasm for my ears. 14 song downloads later, I begun listening to the album.
Four songs in, I begin to lose interest, why you may ask? I need to look at the Now Playing bar to remind me what band I was listening to. It wasn’t blink-182, it was Angels and Airwaves feat. +44, and vise-versa. Out of respect to the amazing band that is blink-182, I must recognise the fact that being out of the music business for 8 years, by this I mean both side projects of DeLonge and Hoppus were never as big as blink-182, can create some difficulties with the need to Tweet between recording and blog about your latest creation. And yet? I found myself missing an anthem I can rock out to daily such as, What’s My Age Again?, or a beautiful love song such as I Miss you.
Aside from these comments, I’ll try to make a few comments without considering who they were or how different this is from the guy who sang about all the small things.
The best songs from the album proves that 3 guys are better at coming up with songs than AVA mixed with +44 and Travis Barker on the side. Best songs, “Mh 4.18.2011”, “Wishing Well”, “After Midnight”, “Kaleidoscope”. They are upbeat, have some of the old blink-182 characteristics tied in, and they make you not regret buying the album.
I don’t regret buying the album. It is enjoyable and not that bad. However, I do wish it said various artists in the sort box given this album is blink-182, Angels and Airwaves, +44, and Travis Barker altogether. If you’ve never heard any of the aforementioned bands, buy the album and you can!