Album Review: Blink 182 – “Neighborhoods”

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I wouldn’t be surprised if Blink 182 guitarist/vocalist Tom Delonge said: “We’re doing this my way or I’ll quit again,” before the band entered into the studio to record their new album ‘Neighborhoods’.

Angels & Airwaves fans will love this new Blink 182 record, while old school fans will most probably purchase it to complete their collection, if nothing else.

With that said, it isn’t all bad. It still has some classic Blink 182 elements, just with more synthesizers and abstract noises.

Besides the weird noises, the thing that makes this record seem more Tom Delonge orientated is the fact that he sings on 75% of the songs. Usually co-vocalist Mark Hoppus takes an even share.

A large number of factors would have added to the different sounds on this album. It’s been more than seven years since they recorded their self-titled album and so much has happened to each member over that period of time.

Travis Barker released a hip-hop album and was in a plane crash, Hoppus had a short run with +44 and then became the host of his very own TV show and Delonge released three albums and a full length movie with Angels & Airwaves. This is also their first self-produced album, since the death of their long-time producer Jerry Finn in 2008.

Catchy riffs and melodies make ‘Ghost on the Dance Floor’ a fairly strong opener. This track, like many others on the album, sounds like a combination of Boxcar Racer and Angels & Airwaves songs. You can get a pretty good idea as to where the album is headed from this track.

Followed by one of Neighborhood’s more up tempo tunes ‘Natives’ is probably the closest thing to old Blink 182 you’ll find on this album. A healthy vocal mix of Hoppus and Delonge combined with upbeat drums makes it stand out.

‘Up All Night’ is track number three on the record and not too far apart from ‘After Midnight’ and ‘Heart’s All Gone’. These three songs came out before the album and gave fans some hope of hearing something slightly similar to the self-titled album. But songs like ‘Fighting the Gravity’ and ‘Heart’s All Gone Interlude’ violently smash those hopes and show the band wasn’t out to do something that they’ve done before.

Other highlights included ‘MH 4.18.2011’ and ‘Even if She Falls’. These two songs feel almost like a reward for listening through the experimental material on the second half of the album.

‘Neighborhoods’ is an album that a lot people probably won’t love or understand on their first listen, due to the new direction the band has taken. But after a few or more listens fans, young and old, will surely be able to find something that gets stuck in their head.

While the album has it’s good points, it doesn’t have any songs that compare to their older classics. It may be another seven years before we’ll see an album that compares to ‘Enema of the State’ or ‘Dude Ranch’ but for now let’s hope that Blink 182 doesn’t end their career with a mostly filler album like ‘Neighborhoods.’



49 Comments

  1. Dave9/27/2011 5:39 PM | Permalink

    NOFX has sounded the same for 20 years, your argument is their invalid

  2. Dave9/27/2011 5:43 PM | Permalink

    to bad this isnt a rock band

  3. Dave9/27/2011 5:44 PM | Permalink

    Whats wrong with liking childish pop punk songs? im gonna be an adult and say im gonna do whatever the fuck i want and if its hate all over this new bullshit blink 182 im gonna do it, they were never ment to be a rock band….ever

  4. sumbum
    Sumbum9/27/2011 6:46 PM | Permalink

    Okay, you have a point. To be honest though, in my opinion NOFX is very uncreative. As much as I love ’em, they are predictable. Hell, The Offspring have had the same sound from the beginning, which is why I can only listen to them for so long before I just have to have a break for a week or two.
    But shiiiiit, who are we to judge music? It’s an art form and there is no wrong or right in how to create it. It is what it is.

  5. sumbum
    Sumbum9/27/2011 6:48 PM | Permalink

    Also broha, *There not “Their.”

  6. Justin Gerhart9/29/2011 2:59 AM | Permalink

    fuck what u ppl think this album is exactly what i expected from them what was u expecting them to sing about fucking dogs if they play old style blink it would get boring every song is great and of course theres gonna be elements of blink ava boxcar and plus44 thats them they split discovered new style of music and brought it back to the table and put it together this is by far there best album yet if u dont like it dont listen to it/

  7. boombox jones10/4/2011 12:59 PM | Permalink

    After listening to this album all week long I can honestly say IMO that it is nowhere near as good as their self titled album. There is no real passion, it screams of a band that is not on the same page musically, all trying to get their own little bits in. People say they’ve matured yet they did that on the last album, unfortunately this is 3 dudes spread across america being forced to make music! (Huge blink fan btw)

  8. godsfragiletoscience
    GodsFragileToScience10/15/2011 5:25 PM | Permalink

    This album is much worste than their last album. You will not find their old distinctive/creative sound that would blow you away on their first few albums. It sounds like all the rest of the shit that you will hear on the radio… If you listen to the radio… But I guess if you listen to New Blink 182, then you obviously listen to the radio, and enjoy watered down, uncreative, indistinguishable, mediocre music. The kind of music you will get from Blink 182.

  9. godsfragiletoscience
    GodsFragileToScience10/15/2011 5:33 PM | Permalink

    We don’t like it.. We don’t listen to it.. We sampled it, and now we’re reviewing it.. So go fuck yourself bitch boy, and listen to your Bubble Gum Boy Bands =)~

  10. guilejaka10/22/2011 10:06 PM | Permalink

    think!!

  11. ninziesolaresnissilum
    NinzieSolaresNissilum10/24/2011 7:39 AM | Permalink

    I think their new album is pretty good although i preferred their previous albums like ‘Enema Of The State’ & ‘Take Off Your Pants & Jacket’ Enough said.

  12. FoxP212/4/2011 6:32 AM | Permalink

    I’m an Angels and Airwaves fan and don’t really like this album excect maybe 3 songs that I’m tired of already but any case the untitled album was way better then this and the last good thing blink has done so far.

  13. CHELSEA4/18/2012 6:16 PM | Permalink

    im a full on blink 182, angels n airwaves fan.
    i think their new album neighbourhoods is fucking awesome, especially after midnight. but what would better than actually meeting them.
    to who ever disss them, fuck you.
    ps i love you tom, mark, and travis.
    and i can also play drums,bass and guitar and i no all your songs.

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  16. marchelo1988
    marchelo19888/28/2012 6:57 PM | Permalink

    This was, suprisingly, not disappointing at all. Way better than I expected, and it has some growers. Obama meme here.

  17. kennethwashington
    KennethWashington8/1/2015 3:32 AM | Permalink

    very nice

  18. traverkipper
    traverkipper8/22/2016 5:45 AM | Permalink

    one of the best

  19. carissawaters
    carissawaters5/8/2017 1:56 AM | Permalink

    Awesome music

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