The legendary American rock band Blink-182 are back at it again with the recent release of their seventh studio album California.
California is easily the most anticipated album of the year due to Blink-182’s fame and the uncertainty of whether the departure of Tom DeLonge would have negative effects on the band’s sound.
The album begins with “Cynical” where it reminisces on old Blink, but also acts as a mission statement on the new version of them. Then it leads into their first single, “Bored to Death” that first announced the album – See my review of the song here. At first, I didn’t really like the song, but after I continued to listen, it grew on me. Which represents my feelings on this album as a whole.
Most of the songs are only okay. They are relatively short with direct lyrics, which is a classic Blink-182 style. They sound basic and average – not what you would expect from such an experienced band. Songs like “Kings of the Weekend”, Rabbit Hole”, and “No Future” may be catchy, but lack a certain punch that makes you really fall in love with them.
Blink also has some more punk-sounding songs on the album, such as “Los Angeles”, “Left Alone”, and “The Only Thing That Matters.” This new sound breaks up the repetitiveness of the other songs basic structure. These lyrics and sound showcases some maturity in Blink.
Despite the lack of creativity on this album, there are a few gems. “San Diego”, “Home is Such a Lonely Place”, “She’s Out of Her Mind”, and “Sober” are some of my favorite songs. Their lyrics hold more meaning and have the potential to be really successful singles.
Blink-182’s California comes with a mix of songs. Some songs have simple and childish lyrics, while others have interesting and meaningful ones.
They need to mature as a band in order to grow. Most of their lyrics aren’t deep and that’s what’s really been holding Blink-182 back from maturing.
They must focus on their writing and avoid only playing the basic chord progression they always use. There is too many ohs, woahs, and nahs and most of the songs sound the same.
Overall, California is okay – only okay. Unfortunately, there is nothing too special here. This album lacks ambition to be someone’s favorite album or have their favorite songs in it. Yes, their songs are catchy, but sometimes that’s not enough.
Let me know in the comments below what you think!
~Stay Punk Rock~
Favorite Songs: “She’s Out of Her Mind” and “San Diego”
Listen to the Album Here: