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When news of a new Blink album first emerged it was much publicised that a change of style should be expected, and this seemed to have been the expectation ever since Tom DeLonge's side project Box Car Racer released their self-titled album. So when buying this album it was no surprise to hear more emotion, less immaturity, more acoustic guitars etc. on the record. For hardcore Blink-182 / pop-punk fans this may be hard to handle, but for those interested in rock as a broader genre this variation should prove to be a good thing, and even pull in a wider audience than before. Opening track and first single 'Feeling This' is probably the most upbeat track on the album, however later on we hear other flashbacks to the older Blink style - most noticeably in 'Go' and 'Asthenia'. Latest single 'I Miss You' contains a heavy Box Car Racer influence as does 'I'm Lost Without You', while tracks such as 'All Of This' are virtually unrecognisable as a Blink-182 track, yet this is not a bad thing. Having been a fan of the band since their Dude Ranch days I must say that this is not their best effort by a long shot, however it is likely to open up the band to a wider audience and after all it is still a good album to listen to, with a personal favourite 'Stockholm Syndrome' being my highlight of the album. In conclusion, if you are a Blink-182 fan and you liked the Box Car Racer album, then this latest album would be a safe bet, otherwise be prepared for a bit of a change - it isn?t always a bad thing
Before i start i am going to say, that this review isn't of Blink 182 at the Reading 2000 festival, but more of Blink 182 live in general. Therefore i will not be mentioning anything to do with that. (i wasn't even there!!) Has anyone actually seen any band live, that are as rude and crude as this San Diego trio? if you have, then please tell me about them, because i would really like to see them. Blink 182 (pronounced one-eighty-two by the amreicans, but one-eight-two by mot of us brits) are as childish, and as funny, as you are going to get from any band in the world. They aren't all serious like most bands these days and they aren't in it for the money (as far as i can see). They are in it to entertain. They have the sickest senses of homour known to man, and they use this in the studio when they record albums. but they also take it with them on stage to scare and amuse people. They muck around, and just basically act like retarded little teenagers.....which i suppose they are at heart!!! They sing some of the funniest songs around, and they have one of the best stage shows to match. As far as i am concerned, they only ever pick their best (and funniest) songs to play at their shows, and, as you may have seen on the live album, they are always on the look out for the opportunities to take the mickey out of themselves and each other (if that made any sense!!!) Another thing that i have noticed when Blink play a live show, they change the lyrics to there songs, so that they are funnier, and more enjoyable. The lyrics are usually changed from the normal, to the ultimately rude. This is probably doen, to add more effect to the show, or because the band want to be rude!!!! I find this very funny, and i think that the boys sense of humour is funny!!!! You know what i think. I think that if the boys of Blink 182 want to be funny and rude, then who are we to stop them??? They are gonna do what they want to do, and if
we let them, it will be funnier for all of us!!!!
Blink182 are here for a laugh! you can tell as soon as they hit the stage that they havent taken this seriously at all, and maybe that factor, is the one which has won over the british grunge punk fans, eager to fill the void left by Green Day. Blink182 never fail to deliver then it comes to drawing a smile from the crowd, with the topics of conversation ranging from light hearted humour by ripping the germans, asking to see more british boobies (which a few brave girls did, despite the wind and drizzle) which left Mark Hoppus quite shocked....! Other moments of mirth include Travis falling over for no apparent reason, other than to endorse Nike, and to make a fool of himself. Weather you like Blink182 (that's one-eighty-two) or not, you cannot fail to laugh with, and at this quality band.