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I've had this album for years and I love it. I am a huge fan of Blink 182 anyway.
Most of the songs on this album are quite short at only three minutes (or so) long but this means that the songs flow well and they're all pretty short and sweet. Yes, some of the songs are silly, but Blink 182 aren't to be taken seriously. This album is meant to be fun and it sure is. Plus i'd heard one of the songs on American Pie before I bought the album. I'm glad that I did decide to buy it. It's great!
The album is what I would describe as pop rock. It's not rock, it's not pop, it's somewhere inbetween. However, I think the album is aimed at the youth of today as it explores relationships, sex, growing up and going away to college. The album is mainly upbeat with addictive guitar riffs and thrashing drum beats. Tom's vocals are great and I love his unique voice. Travis's drum beats give the songs their "cool factor" and Mark is an excellent musician. The vocals are mainly shared out between Tom and Mark but Travis helps out on the odd number or two. The boys can all sing and their input is not to be ignored.
My favourite songs on the album are All The Small Things and What's My Age Again. I also like Alien's Exist, even if the song is silly and very unrealistic! However the album is pretty impressive. There's not a bad song on it to be honest.
Overall this is a very addictive album. It cheers me up when I listen to it and it's great housework music!
Enema of the State was an album released in 1999 by the band Blink 182, a reasonably popular American punk band.
The cover art for this album is the image of a nurse putting gloves on.
The tracklisting for this album is as follows:
2 Don't Leave Me
3 Aliens Exist
4 Going Away To College
5 What's My Age Again
6 Dysentery Gary
7 Adam's Song
8 All The Small Things
9 The Party Song
11 Wendy Clear
13 Enema Of The State
The most well known song on this album by a long way is All The Small Things which I believe was released in the UK and is still frequently played on radio stations. It also happens to be one of my favourite songs on the album, and the favourite song of many of the people I know of all the songs that Blink 182 have ever done so this shows the popularity of it. I think the way the song is easy to associate to with lines like "work sucks, i know" is what makes it seem so popular among people, especially among teenagers who don't really want to go to work but know they have to. I think the beat of the song is quite a good one because it makes you want to move and you'll almost always find yourself singing along whether you really want to or not. It's a very catchy song.
Another song on this album which is fairly well known is Whats My Age Again which is another lively song that you find yourself singing along to and dancing to as well. It's a pretty good song because of the beat and the lyrics and the way they seem to go so well together. This song always manages to cheer me up when I'm feeling low because of the speed of it and the way it reminds you that things dont just happen to you and that other people go through the same thing as you do. It also cheered me up when I used to get bullied at school so I guess the whole 'cheering up' thing has remained because of the way that it used to make me feel as well as how it makes me feel now. I think the lyrics are quite good because of the way they talk about things that happen to people in every day life again and this is one of the things that makes Blink 182 a really good band.
Adam's Song is a song which is quite a bit different to the other songs on this album. It talks about the more negative sides of life. It talks about the idea of suicide and not getting to live the rest of your life because you killed yourself before it had a chance to play out and change and get better. This is another thing that I can associate to, having lost people through suicide in the past. It is quite a sad song to listen to really when you know what it's about. I like the song though because it holds memories for me. I know some people don't like it much because it's not particularly lively compared with other Blink 182 songs but for me, it's just as good.
Overall, this album is a really good one much like their other albums and I think if you've not listened to it then you really should give it a chance.
Blink 182 released this album 1999, whoa ,how long ago and contains 12 tracks. The album cover sees the image of a nurse putting on a rubber glove. She plays a part in one of their videos so takes centre stage on the cover. The rear cover sees the nurse sitting on a chair with a large needle in one hand. The band are standing aroundher looking rather impressed with that needle!!!!! Yeh right!
The song names and numbers are at the far left side in white on a red banner.
Dumpweed- This song starts of with a strong rhythm and beat. When the verse kicks in the lyrics are grouped into small sections to go with the rhythm. This is cleverly done and keeps it interesting. The chorus is fast and seems maybe a little muddled as it does not really go with the verses. It's completely separate almost. The song end with much less energy and quite suddenly. A good opener on the album.
Don't leave me - A very exciting energetic start to this song. The chorus is fast and very catchy, you will definitely find yourself bobbing around to this one. The lyrics for the verse are easy to understand and you will have memorised them quite quickly. The lyrics for the chorus are repeated throughout. Very very fast paced song.
Aliens exist - A song about aliens, well where would we be if we didn't have songs about aliens. This song is very punky in parts and has some fast playing in the background. The verses are easy to get to grips with and the chorus is relatively easy to. You'll learn the words in no time at all.
Whats my age again - A simple start to the best song on the album, the verse comes in the same manor, followed by a good beat. The lyrics aren't exactly taxing but they suit the style of the song down to a tee. The chorus of this song sees some heavier guitar play with the punkyness and playfulness from the previous songs. A sure fire winner. This song was also released as a single too. You can see why due to the way it draws you in and keeps you there for the whole song. Awesomeness.
Dysentery guy - This song is sang in a particular way, you will have to hear it to understand what I mean. The verse isn't just sang it has an almost American whine to it. But this doesn't always stay there, you do here normal singing break through in points.
Adams song - A slow start to this song, with a repeated riff and beat. Slow and calm lyrics in the verse, which do not really explode into anything. You do get some life and action though. Its not much but it changes the feeling of the song with the mix.
All the small things - The single everyone will have heard of. A straight away hit, great punk rock intro to get your attention. The verse does not take to long to follow with the beat and rhythm. The chorus is quite simple for this song, consisting of easy but awesome lyrics and quite a few na na na na na na na na na na, well actually there is 40 of them. As if you could fit that many into one chorus, wow!
Back to another verse which is sung again well, Tom's voice is so distinguishable with his accent and tone. Another superb track being at the top with Whats my age again!
The party song - Fast paced song, fast lyrics gather your breath for this one, whoa! Fast punky riffs and beats. Make sure you get enough oxygen or you'll probably pass out. The song does allow you to get some breath as the chorus slows down. But before you know it your back to the fast non stop verse!
Mutt - Notably famous from the film American pie. A great memorable riff . You can feel yourself bobbing to it before the verse starts. When it does its great. Tom's voice suits the songs style and pace. A brilliant song on the album.
Although I have not reviewed each and every song the ones I have will give you the basis to the whole album. All the songs on here are very very good and none really disappoint. They are fast non stop energetic punk songs, performed by a trio who complete the set up perfectly.
These days I seem to be more into RnB, and just general soul music, however a few years back I used to love specific rock bands and one of them was Blink 182, so Enema of the State has to rank amonst one of my favourite all time albums.
Enema of the State was the third album that Blink 182 has released and was released in 1999, so over ten years back, however it does stand the test of time. The main three feature tracks are All The Small Things, Whats my Age again, and Adams son, and they are all awesome tracks. The first two are more fast paced, whilst the last is more of a rock ballad.
What I particularly love about this album is Travis Barkers drumming, he is clearly very talented and awesome at what he does, and this album is probabaly what set him into the spotlight, as it was during the creation of this album that he became a member of Blink 182. Since the split of the band, he has shown off his talents with their subsequent band +44 and also featuring with a number of prominent artists like rap superstar The Game.
I would say this album is for those that love American rock, if your a fan of Coldplay etc you may not find this as amazing as I make it to be, but if you love OffSpring, Greenday and American punk bands like these then you will definitely love Blink 182 and this album. Saying that though if you love the two other bands I mentioned then I am sure you will have already checked out Blink 182 and be big fans.
It is sad that they split, although since Travis Barker's plane crash that he thankfully survived it has bought them closer and they are apparantly working on another album now, so I will be definitely looking forward to this. +44 is a good band, but being reuinted with Delonge should add some extra spice to their music.
All the tracks on Enema of the State are pretty awesome, and one criticism may be that a lot of them sound similar, however this I don't see as a criticism as the music simply doesnt get boring, and like I mentioned before I truly believe this album will stand the test of time, and be a classic amonst rock lovers many years from now.
"Enema of the State" is an album by Californian pop-punk band Blink-182. Blink 182 are one of the frontrunners in this pop-punk genre that seems to have gradually creeped into the mainstream music charts over the last 15 years. This album came out 10 years ago, and is regularly listed by critics as one of the best albums of this new generation of pop-punk bands. I only recently discovered them via listening to Green Day's older stuff, which brought to my attention this pop-punk explosion that I seemed to have missed out on. Generally I find most pop-punk to be awful and generic, and was glad to see this album bucked that trend.
The album kicks off with "Dumpweed", a song that starts the album off with a bold statement of what Blink 182 and the rest of the album is going to be like. The energetic guitar riff and fast drumming complement Mark's limited voice. Mark Hoppus' voice isn't great and the other vocalist Tom DeLounge isn't any better. But they manage to fit in well with the ridiculous lyrics on this album and anyway if you are buying a Blink 182 CD it is not for the beautiful singing or brilliant insightful lyrics. Instead the lyrics are entertaining and humourous, like on one of the best songs on the album "Whats My Age Again", featuring the hilarious verse of
"Then later on, on the drive home
I called her mom from a pay phone
I said I was the cops and your husband's in jail
This state looks down on sodomy"
I was suprised when I listened to track seven, "Adam's Song". Nearly all the songs on the album feature toilet humour ("Dysentery Gary" being a prime example") or immature lyrics about girls, college etc, but "Adam's Song" shows a tender side to Blink-182 in a serious song about suicide. It starts off with a bass-line from Mark and some unorthodox but effective drumming from Travis Barker. The guitar doesn't come in till the chorus and it is a side I would like Blink 182 to show more often as it works well. The lyrics aren't great but don't detract from the emotion in the song. Its a rather sobering song in between two fast and up-beat songs "Dysentery Gary" and "All the Small Things".
You don't have time to digest the powerful "Adam's Song" before you are hit by "All the Small Things". This is a good test if you are wondering if you should buy this album or not. Listen to "All the Small Things" and if you like it you will enjoy "Enema of the Stae" and vice-versa. Its Blink 182 at their best and a great sing-along anthem.
So far I've been very positive about the whole album but unfortunately there are some negatives as well. "Wendy Clear", "Going Away to College" and the last song on the album "Anthem" aren't very good and let down the album. Also the Tom Delounge is't a great guitarists and a lot of the songs do get a bit repetitive and sound similar.
Overall this album is just a bit of fun and pop-punk at its best. Its never going to win any awards for brilliant song-writing or guitar work, but its hard not to like the infectious pop choruses and youthful enthusiasm throughout this album that keeps it going.
Enema of the State marked a change in Blink 182's style, and caused a lot of their "hardcore" fans to start questioning them as "sell outs". I personally don't like that label because, honestly, you'd have to be mentally ill not to sign a contract that guarantees you millions of dollars if you write a few albums. Just because you take more money doesn't necessarily mean that the quality of your music will decrease, and anyone criticising them for taking the money would do the EXACT same thing in their position.
It's fair to say that Enema of the State is a far more robust production than their previous works, and whilst this might deter Blink purists, I think it's still a great album with plenty of catch tracks and such forth. It's not going to win any awards for ingenuity, but it fits its target audience like a glove, and the songs are genuinely well composed. Travis Barker, whose first work appears on this album, is a great addition to the band and his drumming fits perfectly with Mark and Tom's guitars and vocals.
Blink 182 are not diverse and have never said that they were - this is a retread of the themes they've always discussed - getting laid, being juvenile, not wanting to grow up and such like. It's not new, it's not particularly clever, but it IS catchy, and it's presumed that this is a bad thing by musical elitists. That said, there is one song that's genuinely quite well written, called Adam's Song, which was written about a friend of theirs who killed himself. Some will argue its incongruent with the tone of the rest of the album, but I liked it as something different from the band.
It's not a classically written album, but it's damn catchy, the lyrics are often funny, and the songs are just fun to jump around to.
Enema of the state is a fantastic album by the band Blink 182 that I absolutely love. Blink 182 are an American punk rock band from California and Enema of the state is their second album. It was originally released in June 1999 and really did have a major appeal to many people. It has now sold over 15 million copies worldwide proving its popularity.
Enema of the state has 12 absolutely brilliant tracks and I will be honest and say that I actually love every single one! The album features the major hits "All the small things", "What's my age again" and "Adams song". I found all of the tracks to be of a very high quality and fantastic to listen to, perfect for a party or otherwise! Almost every song in the album has a great melody to it and they are all very Punk Rock in genre type. Some people may say that the songs sound similar and so that they may be an issue although I didn't find it so.
The lyrics together with the great, very catchy guitar riffs make it so good to listen to and it rally does get you off your seat! I really woudl recommend this album as it is one of the best album's I have ever bought, without doubt. I hope this was useful and thank you very much for reading.
Enema of the state was released in 1999 and was the third album from pop punk band blink 182.
It is one of my favourite albums from the boys and that's because it features my favourite songs in one album.
The first track dump weed kicks the album off in fantastic style, it was the first song I listened to off the album and I wasn't disappointed at all, and I was even happier to find out that its not even one of their best off the album.
Don't leave me has amazing drums all the way through, Travis is one of the worlds best drummers and this song shows off just how good he is, I just love the guitar and drum parts to this song and the lyrics are also pretty good too.
Track 5 is my favourite song off this album, and I think it might even be my all time favourite blink song, what's my age again has a really nice sounding guitar melody at the beginning and although it gets going the way through its still a quite relaxed song and it just works so well.
All the small things is perhaps the most well known song off the album for most people as it did quite well in the charts over here. It is one of the most rocky songs off the album and it's a great one to just chill out to or sing aloud to.
Mutt is my second favourite song off the album and another one of my favourites from blink 182 in general. I think this one was on one of the American pies and so some people might known it from there. I just love the bass line mainly, this is a great line and it goes all the way through the versus and its something you don't usually hear blink do.
2. Don't Leave Me
3. Aliens Exist
4. Going Away To College
5. What's My Age Again
6. Dysentery Gary
7. Adam's Song
8. All The Small Things
9. The Party Song
11. Wendy Clear
13. Enema Of The State
Wonderfully catchy, immature and fun pop-punk. Blink 182 really only write songs about one thing - but they do it well. There's an injection of humour into their work that shows they don't quite take themselves too seriously - which is good because some of their lyrics really are rather silly (see "Aliens Exist" as reference!)
This album opens with a super charged ride that just explodes out of your speakers. "Dumpweed" is one of my favourites from the album. Tom DeLonge may have a bit of a whiney voice at times, but he's written some decent melodies and a great guitar hook. Travis Barker's drumming is absolutely excellent - musical, precise and, of course, fast!
Other highlights on the album include the teen classic "What's My Age Again?" (which I attach all sorts of school Prom memories to!) and the quirky "Mutt" - perhaps made famous by a certain scene from the original American Pie film. Most of the songs clock in at under 3 minutes and this feels just right - short and sweet.
If you're looking for musical depth, or lyrical intellect, I would advise looking elsewhere! But if you're after some fast, fun, highly entertaining punk rock, then Blink 182 (and more specifically, this album) fit the bill. Not quite as serious as the latter "Take Off Your Pants and Jacket" and far better produced than the earlier "Dude Ranch" this album sits proud a-top the Punk Rock mountain. "Adam's Song" is probably the closest you'll get to something "serious" - it's rather good actually - a very powerful chorus that just keeps buliding and building.
The album closes with the frantic "Anthem Part 1" ready for the next installement on "Take Off Your Patns and Jacket..."
Blink 182 were a Californian Pop Punk band active between the years of 1992 and 2005. After the band went on their 'indefinite hiatus' early in 2005, Tom DeLonge formed his own Angels and Airwaves band and the other two members that made up the trio that was Blink 182 went on to form the band +44. Whilst Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker continued to focus on Pop Punk with their new band +44, Tom DeLonge went down a whole different route with Angels and Airwaves; a band of the alternative rock genre. During their 13 years Blink 182 released five studio albums and a live album also, with a 'Greatest Hits' album following on from the announcement of their hiatus some nine months later.
Released in 1999, 'Enema Of The State' was the bands third studio album and is without a doubt my favourite of the five that they released. The most successful of their five studio albums, 'Enema Of The State' has sold in excess of 15 million copies worldwide; the first Blink 182 album to feature drummer Travis Barker. Scott Raynor had previously been the drummer for the band, however was removed in 1998 due to his drink problem. As a resultant success of the 'Enema Of The State' album, Blink 182 were acclaimed 'Best New Act' at the MTV Europe Awards 2000.
Never a band to take themselves too seriously, 'Enema Of The State' is an album which showcases Blink 182 at their most care free, a band for whom producing music was all about the fun that could be had whilst performing. First track 'Dumpweed' is an excellent introduction to the album which provides ultimate proof of that fact as the band blast through a sensational two and a half minutes of fantastic fun. Never before has an album introduction had such a profound effect on me as here; from the moment I very first heard this album I knew that this would ultimately become one of my favourites of all time. It was back in 2000 that I first heard this album, and whilst others have come and gone as 'favourites' of mine, the 'Enema Of The State' album from Blink 182 has remained so and still impresses me as much now as it did back then when I very first heard it.
As the band progress through the twelve tracks of this album, at no stage does the music ever become tiresome and at all times you remain fully enthralled and enthused by the fiendishly fun Pop Punk music that is on display. For me it is 'What's My Age Again' that is the albums finest track. With an excellent opening which forefronts both bass and guitar, the track develops into one of the finest Pop Punk tracks ever recorded; a timeless track which for me is the best that the band ever recorded. Although I enjoyed much of the bands output from the five studio albums released, for me there is no track in their back catalogue that comes anywhere close to rivalling 'What's My Age Again' in terms of quality. With an epic chorus and a massively catchy tune, this track looms large as a huge heavyweight of the Pop Punk genre.
Whilst 'What's My Age Again' is without a doubt my favourite track of the album, there is no denying the quality of which the rest of the album possesses also. Every track is a highlight here, an album absolutely packed full of consistently quality tracks. I feel that the title of 'The Party Song' sums up perfectly the 'Enema Of The State' album, a recording containing party anthems a plenty. The track itself is excellent and possesses all the grin a second entertainment you would expect of the band and more. It would be difficult I feel to listen to the album without raising a smile, one which has me grinning like a 'Cheshire Cat' to reference the title of another of the bands albums.
Closing tracks can make or break an album for me. Even if the rest of the album has impressed, a poorly chosen final track can for me ruin everything that has come before. 'Anthem' is the track which was given the honour of closing the 'Enema Of The State' album, a track which I feel is the ultimate in closing tracks. To me, 'Dumpweed' is perhaps the greatest ever opening to an album, and 'Anthem' likewise the best ever closing track. 'Anthem' brings things to a close supremely, a track which winds proceedings down perfectly whilst at the same time leaving you longing and craving for more. There is just something about 'Anthem' which makes it the perfect closer in my eyes, a track of which I find the listening experience utterly captivating as the band flow through an excellent vocal display laced over frantic drum beats, sensational guitar riffs, and brilliant bass lines.
'Enema Of The State' is without doubt the finest works of Blink 182, an album which will perhaps forever more remain as the most successful album of the bands career given the nature of their 'indefinite hiatus'. With each of the twelve tracks on display impressing and proving Blink 182 to have been experts of their field; 'Enema Of The State' is an album which is well worth a listen regardless of your musical preference. The album ignites from the word go and excellence prevails from start to finish as Blink 182 fly through thirty five minutes of absolute aural ecstasy. Not for a moment are the band ever in danger of failing to impress on this album as each and every track is wonderfully written and immaculately executed. 'Enema Of The State' is essential listening as far as I'm concerned and is an album which should most definitely be present in everyone's music collection.
Another break from revision – another review! This time it is music to revise to. “Enema of the State” is an imaginatively titled album from Blink-182. This is the first Blink-182 album I ever bought, and my favourite from them. It is quite short, but then all their songs are pretty fast but short. If people are not aware who Blink-182 are then they are a punk-rock kind of band, but more on the pop side. They consist of Mark Hoppus, Tom DeLonge and Travis Barker. If you have heard only one of their tracks then it is probably “All the small things”, which is on this album. The band makes great music videos which often include them running around naked, or the midget Blink-182, or them blowing a load of money by doing crazy things like smashing expensive TVs. I must just point out the art on the lyric sheet inside the cd – as well as some porn star dressed as a nurse on the front there is a long line of guys dressed only in their boxer shorts inside. So something for everyone! 1. Dumpweed The names of Blink-182 songs are often quite odd, and I’m not sure even the band know what some of them mean or why they chose them. Anyway, names aside the opening song is very good. I like it, even if I don’t understand it. I am a nodder – you know the type, a person who can’t help nodding along to songs – and this is a good song to nod to. I think it is about a girl who is messing with their minds, and they want a girl they can train. Not likely! 2. Don’t leave me This is more of a sentimental song, about being dumped. “I’ll be fine, it’s not the first / Just like last time but a little worse”. Despite this it is another nodding-to song, with a sing along to chorus if you are feeling hard done by. 3. Aliens exist Off on a different topic now – aliens. This is a fun song, if a little bit odd. It has references to X-Files-type c
onspiracies with the CIA, abdctions and Majestic-12, and I think there is something about aliens living in his closet. Anyway it is still up there with other Blink-182 songs with it’s strong guitars and chords. 4. Going away to college Ah another sentimental song. Who says Blink-182 is obsessed with bodily functions and practical jokes? “Bouquet of clumsy word, a simple melody / This world’s an ugly place but you’re so beautiful to me.” I think that is really sweet! On of my favourite songs on the album, when your heart needs a little mending. 5. What’s my age again? This is the other song released as a single, so you may have heard this one but it wasn’t as big as “All the small things”. This is back to the childish side of the band – about a guy who is more interested in TV and practical jokes than his girlfriend, and his friends think he should act his age. So you could see it as the pressures of adulthood catching up to them, but it’s a good track and catchy. Side note – this is the one with the video of them running around town naked. 6. Dysentry gary Very odd names for songs. I have just re-read the lyrics, and I must say that I cannot explain what this song is about at all. But it sounds good, whatever it is. “Where’s my dog? Girls are such a drag”. I think it’s a girl-angst song but it is hard to be sure. 7. Adam’s song A sad song now, the only one on the album. I think it is named in memory of a fan who died. It is about general depression I think, but even if you don’t understand it fully you can get the sadness from “I never thought I’d die alone / I laughed the loudest who’d have known?”. Not a partying–to song. 8. All the small things The very popular single from this album, with a video mocking other music videos. It includes o
ne of the band dressing as Britney and, of course, them running around naked. I begin to see a pattern… The most catchy song on the album, very shouting along-to. I am nodding as I type. Altogether “na na na na na na…” 9. The party song This is a very fast song, they manage to get almost all of the lyrics into about 20 seconds it seems! About girls again – ones who try to hard and put them off. They are never happy! “Some girls try too hard to impress / With those things on their chest”. You could try and sing along but I think you would run out of breath! 10. Mutt Odd titles again. Another slightly odd song, about a strange pair who are very frisky. That was my impression anyway. I don’t think I should include any lyrics as a example. Use your imagination. 11. Wendy clear A girl-angst song again, about a girl who he can’t have. But I am nodding along again, so it has a good tune even if the lyrics follow a similar theme. When you are singing along you don’t mind so much what the words mean if they sound good. 12. Anthem This song is a parent-angst song – variety! “Mom and dad possess the key – instant slavery…I’ll pack my bags I swear I’ll run, wish my friends were 21”. This must have been in their earlier years but most of their fans can identify I’m sure. Parents preventing them from having any fun, a common scenario for rebellious songs. The fact that I think they must be getting onto 30 now is not relevant! All in all, as I have said, I think that this is the best Blink-182 album. Some may find it more poppy than they like, others may object to the odd swear-word and the subjects of the songs but I think it's great and the music is first class. And yes I can revise listening to this! Loud music helps me memorise legal cases.
What?s the definition of the word enema? 1. The injection of liquid into the rectum through the anus for cleansing, for stimulating evacuation of the bowels, or for other therapeutic or diagnostic purposes. 2. The fluid so injected. Two things are coming to my mind? The first is... gross! And second, it?s only a band like Blink 182 that is able to pull of a title like that one! That?s for sure? Enema of the State is Blink?s last album that shows that Blink still has a few punk roots left in them. While listening to Enema, you can tell that Blink is slowly shifting toward the pop scene. Does that make them a bad band? Not in my opinion. But I?m sure old-school Blink fans will probably be pretty disappointed. Anyway, the hit single What?s My Age Again? was my main reason for purchasing Enema. The energy to the song just makes you feel good and makes you want dance or at least bop your head up and down. Does the rest of Enema live up to What?s My Age Again?. Well? I guess you?ll either have to read my review or listen to the album and decide. Who's in Blink 182? *Tom DeLonge - Guitar, Vocals *Mark Hoppus - Bass, Vocals *Travis Barker - Drums Enema of the State was Blink 182?s third studio album (they now have a fourth).Take Off Your Pants and Jacket (Blink?s latest), Dude Ranch, and Cheshire Cat (Buddha wasn?t really an album but a recording of songs that would be released on Cheshire Cat) are Blink?s other albums that you might want to check out. And time for the boring facts? Enema is 12 tracks long, is 35:24 minutes long, is signed to MCA records, it has a parental advisory sticker, there are no hidden tracks, it was released on June 1, 1999, and you can buy it on Amazon.com for $14.99 shipping. 01. Dumpweed (****½) 02. Don't Leave Me (***½) 03. Aliens Exist (****) 04.Going Away to College (**½) 05. What's My Age Again? (*****) 06.
Dys entery Gary (**) 07. Adam's Song (*****) 08. All the Small Things (****) 09. The Party Song (***½) 10. Mutt (***½) 11. Wendy Clear (**) 12. Anthem (***) Enema of the State opens up with Dumpweed, an upbeat alternative-rock/punk song. Dumpweed is sung by Tom (and his vocals actually sound semi-serious) and would make a great song if you?re at a party or are going through a break-up. Yes, the song Dumpweed talks about getting dumped? It doesn?t take a rocket-scientist to figure out that one. Tom?s strong vocals and upbeat electric guitar riffs are what make Dumpweed so good. Don?t Leave Me is pretty much all pop, but is still a good song, nevertheless. Mark sings in Don?t Leave Me, and I?d have it no other way. If Tom were to sing this one? I?m pretty sure this track would suck. Don?t Leave Me is very brief (2:23 minutes), is up-tempo, and again talks about getting dumped, and how you hope that there is maybe some chance of getting back together. Aliens Exist is just plain weird? The song talks about aliens, abductions, and I think the message talks about being different. The chorus is sort of catchy (All, all night long/ And there?s something very wrong/ And I know it must be late/ Been gone since yesterday/ I?m not like you guys), is sung by Tom, and is overall pretty good, though the lyrics are sort of bizarre. Going Away to College is definitely not the best track featured on Enema. It?s a lot mellower than the previous songs, is almost too poppy, and just doesn?t have any of that energetic feel that most Blink songs have. Mark is the main singer in Going Away to College, and Tom sings for a few seconds toward the end of this 2:58 minute song. The song talks about going off to college and having to leave your girlfriend behind. Overall, 2½ stars is all this song gets from me and is a forgettable track. What?s My Age Again? has to be one of my favorites. The song has so much energy to it (especially in
the choru s? blast this song on your audio system or while driving in the car and you?ll know what I mean). And how could anyone forget that hilarious music video where the trio was running around naked* through the streets of L.A.? *They actually didn?t run around naked? Instead they had skin colored cloth or something of that liking. Mark?s vocals sound good, the lyrics are nothing special (are just plain fun), and the song is just great. Dysentery Gary is pretty bad. Tom?s voice seems to get lost with music, and the lyrics suck also. Picking out a true theme for this song is pretty difficult? I think it talks about getting dumped and all the anger that goes along with it (perhaps that?s why there?s all those weird lyrics?). At least the song is pretty short (ringing in at a whopping 2:45 minutes long). Lyrically, Adam?s Song wins 1st prize. Depression and regret are the two major themes in this song. The drums are very apparent in the song and add depth to the song. (I never thought I?d die alone/ Another six months I?ll be unknown/ Give all my things to all my friends/ You?ll never step foot in my room again). The song itself is mid-tempo, has a steady beat, is sung by Mark (great vocals), and is 4:08 minutes long. Ok, All the Small Things was good the first million times I heard it, but it is soooooo overplayed it?s not even funny. I still hear it from time to time, and wasn?t this song released a few years ago? Anyway, the song is pure pop, is mid to up-tempo, is sung by Tom, and is the ultimate song if you are looking for something fairly lighthearted. Oh yeah, if you get a chance, be sure to check out the music video for this one too? I?m sure you will give at least a chuckle from watching it. The Party Song is just about that? partying! Mark sings this song in a rhythmic tone, and the lyrics are extremely lighthearted. (And then I saw her standing there/ With green eyes and long blond hair/ She wasn?t wearing underwear) The talks about going to a party
with the inten tions to have fun, and then you meet a girl that is a total biotch and ruins the whole party experience. Mutt is fairly mellow compared to most of the other songs, and is actually semi-serious. I believe the theme of the song talks about players and how Tom feels sorry for the girl being played. Tom?s vocals sound pretty clear and clean, and overall the track is nice? mainly for being pretty soft. Mutt lets us cool off from the mayhem and nonsense from The Party Song (and that?s a good thing). Wendy Clear is a forgettable experience. The music is fine, but Mark?s vocals and the music together just scream out one word to me in this song - boring! And because of the boringness, I?m trying really hard to find a meaning to the song? Well, the title indicates a girl, and I hear the word regret in the song? So add both those and what do you get? I guess the meaning of the song. What I?m trying to get at is? skip this one, folks! Finally, Anthem wraps up Enema of the State. Personally, I prefer Anthem Part 2 on Take Off Your Pants and Jacket for pretty much everything ? the music is much more hardcore on Part 2, the lyrics are better, and the vocals sound much clearer. Part 1 of Anthem is fair, but still just doesn?t have that same feel as part 2. Overall, 3 stars for Anthem. Best Tracks: What?s My Age Again?, Adam?s Song Worst Tracks: Wendy Clear, Dysentery Gary Tom and Mark?s voices on Enema of the State really seem to vary. On some songs, their voices just sound better than other. Tom?s voice is what makes Blink unique, while Mark just adds something? Something that I can?t quite put my finger on. Overall, I think the vocals on Enema are fair. They?re not as clear and crisp as they are on Take Off Your Pants and Jacket, but hey! Some people like grungy, not-so-clear vocals? right? ;-) Three stars for the vocals. Not great, but certainly not bad. You can still tell they are Blink 182 if that?s what you?re wondering.
Break-ups, regret, depression, and partying seem to be the big themes of Enema of the State. Some of the lyrics make better sense and have better meaning than others. For example, you?ll go from talking about depression on Adam?s Song to discussing what it?s like at a party on The Party Song. The lyrics really do provide a good variety, and overall deserve 3½ stars. The music is pretty good and up-tempo on Enema. The electric guitars on the album appear to be well-tuned (I think? lol) and overall provide some good beats and riffs. The drums played by Travis sound pretty darn good on the album too? especially on Adam?s Song. Some songs sound like they belong in the punk/rock category, while others (such as All the Small Things) would go under the pop label. Overall, the music on this album is pretty good and would appeal to people who like rock/punk/pop/alternative. There?s a little a bit of everything for everyone. Four stars for the music. Parental Advisory? Mainly because of foul language. Fu-ck and the word bi-tch appear throughout the album, though there aren?t too many when compared to other albums (take Limp Bizkit ? Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water for example). I remember hearing the phrase Your mom?s a wh-ore or something to that liking on the album. Other than that, that?s all the bad language I can remember on Enema. Drugs? None that I can recall. Sex? Nothing too explicit. You might hear about making out or underwear, but that?s about as bad as it?s gonna get. Overall, I?d give Enema of the State four stars. The music is good, there?s a variety of lyrics, the vocals can vary from song to song, and there?s a little foul language. I?d recommend this CD to kids 12 and up because of some of the language, but I?m sure they?ve probably heard it all before. Would I recommend this album to adults? Umm? If you?re looking for something fairly lighthearted that has a rock edge to it, I would. If you are i
nto the oldies and count ry music, I would advise you to stay away, very far away? Thanks for reading?
Ok, here's the deal. This is my first opinion for a while now so please ecxcuse me if I'm a little bit rusty. Ok, the basics are that Blink182 (pronounced Blink one-eighty-two) are a trio of late 20's/early 30's fully grown men who dress like 17 year olds. They are classed as a modern punk band by most although I think the increasingly popular term 'brat punk' would be more accurate. Blink are not the kind of band that take anything too seriously. I'd say they try to market themselves to people between the ages of 13-17 and most of their songs on this album(and the other 2 albums I own by them) are about high school experiences and the trials and tribulations of growing up through your teen years. Most of the songs contain a degree of bad language although it is used in a tame, humourous sense most of the time and this is probably why the bands music appeals to so many of the kids you see in the high sreets wearing Blink182 hoodies that are about 5 sizes to large for them. As for the music, the album has a lot of catchy tunes that you probably will be whistling for hours after you hear them much to the annoyance of friends and colleagues alike. When I first got this album about 2 years ago I would have probably have classed the bands skill as average but since then I have recently started playing guitar myself and after only about 6 months I can play most of the tracks on the album myself (I'll leave it to you to decide what this means but let's just say my guitar playing skills are NOT the best in the world) I suppose it would be only fair to mention that the bands drummer, Travis Barker is quite talented though and get's your feet tapping on almost every song which is probably why he and bandmate, Tom Delonge have strayed from Blink182 to join a seperate band called 'Boxcar Racer' recently. This album contains 2 of Blinks biggest hits to date which ar
e 'All the Small Things', which I think I recall being used in several TV ads, and 'What's My Age Again'. You may also recognise a song on the album which was used in the movie 'American Pie' although the name of the track escapes me at the moment (it's 5am just now, cut me a break ok!) To sum it all up I would only really purchase this album under certain conditions e.g. You're a Blink182 fan, you're getting it dirt cheap (I've bought CD's that are a lot worse) or if you fall into the age group mentioned earlier and you are a fan of this kind of music. There are a lot of modern punk bands out there today who are worse than Blink182 (Sum41 would be a fine example of this but that's another story) but there are also a lot MORE bands today who are a whole lot better. If you are looking for a light hearted punk CD to listen to I would personally recommend you look into bands such as Green day or if you want something altogether more upbeat then why not try a SKA punk band such as Reel Big Fish or The Mighty, Mighty Bosstones. Hope this helps.
This album is even more brilliants from blink 182 with songs that we all no and love like all the small things and whats my age again. blink 182 write there songs from really life experiences and feelings. a funny song on this album is mutt, which tom delonge wrote about some 1 he new who was given the nick name mutt because of the way they acted (he lived up 2 the name). other funny songs include dumpweed, aliens exist, anthem and dysentery gary. all of the songs are really kool. its a top selling cd and you wonder why? if you dont believe me then go and buy it . if you do believe me, all the more reason to buy it. owning this cd is like owning a piece of music history. the track list for this cd is: 1. dumpweed 2. dont leave me 3. aliens exist 4. going away 2 college 5. whats my age again 6. dysentery gary 7. adams song 8. all the small things 9. the party song 10. mutt 11. wendy clear 12. anthem this cd rules so buy it! u no u want 2....
this is it. the album that started it all. no i'm not talking about nevermind, i'm talking about enema of the state you f**king dimwit! started what, you say? Started the never ending trend of crap "punk" bands that come ten a penny. here's my definitive list of these: - sum-41 new found glory linkin park papa roach alkaline trio and what horrible, horrible bands they all are. me thinks they saw blink-182, a relatively low-key threesome punk band, suddenly becoming insanely successful and then they said- hey! why don't we have a shot at it! my friends, and especially nfg if you're reading this which i doubt because you all have no brains to read, at least blink-182 did it with style, charismatic lyrics, comedy and sunny, memorable tunes. what you have done nfg is just play one song thirteen times on your horrible self-titled album. don't remind me! anyway, what in the f**k am i talking about now? i'm supposed to be reviewing blink-182's enema of the state so i better get started! enema of the state is the best punk-pop album ever made. already you hate me, don't you? yes, i hear you, what about dookie, the ramones, insomniac, punk in drublic and 1977 and free all angels? they're all wicked albums and have classic tracks but none of them ever reach the heights set by blink-182 on this wonderful record. i remember when i first got it. how would blink follow up dude ranch rattled in my head. had they sold out. would it be punk. would it be pop. i nearly had a frikin heart attack before the first note was played. dumpweed- ba ba ba ba baa na na na ba la la la na na naaaaaaaa ba na na na yeh yeh yeh yeh ba na na naa na na na - sorry just singing the opening tune there- it's that addictive! dumpweed shatters all expectations and sets a new barrier here on for blink songs. no, this is no pathetic- it beats the worthless s**t out of that disappointin
g song. dumpweed is what blink do best- fast riffs, pounding drums and melodic basslines accompanied by teenage angst riddened vocals. everything went so fast i could barely keep track with it then suddenly silence- the tune stopped and the words began flooding in - she's a dove she's a f**ken nightmare- i wish i had a girl that i could train. yes, here blink deal with that ultimate of male fantasies- a girl that could be tarined to do whatever you want here to do. basically its an imaginative, great song that gives a taster for what's to come. better than nirvana's smells like teen spirit. don't leave me is a bit of a change however. it's more classic punk/pop by numbers rather than blink. it's melodic fast and catchy but it just doesn't have the raw angst that dumpweed had. also, although hoppus is the best instrument player in the band, his vocals lack the anger of delonge and are more suited for wither soppy love songs like wendy clear or sad ballads like adam's song. it's no bad song though- just repetitive- it could have made the perfect first single if blink wanted even more success for this album. aliens exist. that throbbing drum intro. that pulsing bassline and that manic guitar attack after the first verse. the song deals with an alienated guy. it's a song we can all relate to- a song made by geeks for geeks. afterall, all of us have geeky side, don't we? I guess I just have big one! - up all night long and there's something very wrong/ and i know it must be late/ been gone since yesterday/ i'm not like you guys/ i'm not like you-. classic stuff indeed. it's the m+m's of enema (if you don't know what that means, you're not a true blink fan and i hate you so stop reading this now). going away to college is what hoppus does best. a summer tinged groove met by lovey-dovey vocals about loove in college. this could have fit perfectly for the sex scenes at the
end of american pie in stifler's party. it's that kind of soppy song you would hear accompanying the sheer anxiety felt by virgins about to dig into holy grail. what's my age again is an excellent first single. delonge's guitar part is complicated ta first but then breaks down into sheer simplicity three power chord riffage. hoppus does well again singing about teenage angst and a first date gone wrong and acting immature hence the title what's my age again- i took her out/ it was a friday night/ i wore cologne/ to get the feeling right/ we started making out/ and she took off my pants/ but then i turned on the tv/ and that's about the time she walked away from me/ nobody likes you when your twenty three/ and still amused by tv shows/ what the hell is add/ my friends tell me to act my age/ what's my age again/ where's my asian friend". classic lyrics indeed- hilarious. dysentry gary is a wicked track. it takes a while to get started but then delong sings about how - life just sucks/ i lost i won/ i'm giving up/ she found someone. the track isn't really about anything in particular it just feels like its a teenager with a blown fuse shouting at the top of his voice. great stuff. adam's song- after dysentery gary and all the summer grooves on the album this is the perfect antidote. this isn't any suicide anthem- they're just stupid. i mean papa roach's last resort has to be aimless s**t- you don't shout about suicide, people are introvertedabout it. afterall, if you started goin around saying i'm gonna commit, they'd lock you up! anyway adam's song starts with a quiet bittersweet riff and then the lyrics. it mad e me cry sorry i'm gonna have to write this out in full to prove how good songwriting can get: - i never thought id die alone id laughed the loudest whos have known i traced the cord back to the wall no wonder it was never plugged i
n at all i took my time then hurried up the choice was mine i didn't think enough i'm too depressed to go on you'll be sorry when i'm gone that opening verse really does it for me- the tears are already flooding out. it's a depressing track but shows light at the end of the tunnel towards the end. its what hoppus does best so kudos to him. anyway, it just sums up the raw anger, depression and loneliness of an introverted person contemplating suicide and is actually based on an e-mail hoppus received from this wacko- it was a suicid note. all the small things- need i say more? the party song is aimless but fun, its the fastest song blink-182 has ever written and most of the vocals are swallowed up before even uttered. its a wicked track. mutt. this is the best track on the album. featured on "that nadia" scene from american pie this is a teenage angst classic. a wicked bassline throbs wildly under torrents of guitar noises and squeals. it's the kind of magic that no other band except blink-182 can perform easily. - she's up and waiting for more/ she's only looking to score/ and it's way too unhealthy- i don't think they've been starved of attention before. wendy clear- a love song with wicked funny lyrics- i played with fire to break the ice/ i played with a nuclear device. however the seemingly happy tune masks the insecurity of teenagers in the world today and details how this guy wants everything but can't get anything. anthem is the cliffhanger ending to the album. anthem part two is where toypag starts off with its beautiful intro. however both tarcks are completely different. anthem a i don't give a f**k song while anthem part two is a more i'll f**king blame you for my mistakes song. you'll get the jist once you hear it. so, enema of the state is the classic pop/punk album. i was pleased when i heard it. i fe
lt blink-182 had done the best in their selling out situation. while it may have not pleased the majority of true fans it did bring blink-182 into the market and i am glad to say now they are making more punk albums as shown in toypag. although this is a great album i also hate it for starting the bandwagon of sellout punk bands thta should all die. yes, nfg i'm talking to you. buy it now you won't be disappointed. n f g i h a t e y o u (that wasn't a bid to make my review longer)
Disc #1 Tracklisting
2 Don't Leave Me
3 Aliens Exist
4 Going Away To College
5 What's My Age Again
6 Dysentery Gary
7 Adam's Song
8 All The Small Things
9 The Party Song
11 Wendy Clear
13 Enema Of The State