ALBUM : CALIFORNIA
ARTIST : BLINK 182
GENRE : ALTERNATIVE ROCK
DATE RELEASED : 2016
This band is probably credited for bringing back the sound of punk into mainstream back again. However, 15 years after their last album and with a new lead vocalist, everything has changed. From post punk, they now sound like a boy band trying their wares in rock. Is this a good thing? Let us review this album track by track.
Watch “All The Small Things” video here to remind you about the good old days of Blink 182 in here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Ht5RZpzPqw
- Cynical – when you try to digest the lyrics of this song, you would conclude that this is a song about the remaining band member’s feelings on former lead vocalist Tom DeLonge 2015 departure from the band.
- Bored To Death – will go down in the history of band’s discography as the first single that included their new lead singer Matt Skiba who according to him is about a song that says it’s better to say one is bored to death than “I’m hurt.”
Watch official video of “Bored To Death” here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lic0oCDMfwk.
- She’s Out Of Her Mind – this is a song about admiring a girl who is into gothic thing. The give-away is the reference to gothic band “BAHAUS.” This is probably the least punk and more on pop track in this album.
- Los Angeles – the band went back to form with punk sound in this track. And this time, the band is grittier than ever; take note of the guitar riff and the drum sound.
Watch live performance of “Los Angeles” here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=osCeP-Kloak
- Sober – is like a love song but with rock flavor. It could be a personal account from one of the band members.
- Built This Pool – who would have thought that a sixteen seconds track would make you clamor for more.
- No Future – is a song that could be mistaken as Fall Out Boy single or American Authors, it is so pop but the band are still in elements they are known for. This is probably the sequel to “All The Small Things.”
Watch lyric video of “No Future” here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YiyvZ-hm8A0
- Home Is Such A Lonely Place – there is this feeling that the band might want to produce a dark ballad but somehow the song got lost in musically. It turned out to be one of those generic rock ballads during the nineties.
- Kings of The Weekend – typical Blink 182 song; just listen seriously with the guitar riff and you know what I’m talking about.
Watch live performance of “Kings Of The Weekend” here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFPtZvC00V0.
- Teenage Satellites – is a song about the shenanigans and memories about young. The musical construction is built around any other Blink 182 songs; perhaps.
- Left Alone – instead of guitars riff, this time, the band experimented with drum sound. It is like a manual for drumming for newbies.
- Rabbit Hole – this is Blink 182 at the beginning and loyal fans would surely dig this song.
Watch lyric video of “Rabbit Hole” in here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFPtZvC00V0
- San Diego – you would think that there is a trilogy of songs in this album. However, after listening to this song, you can expect that there is no coherent theme among the California songs. In this track, the band sang about a friend who is no longer part of the group.
- The Only Thing That Matters – this is probably one of the most fun song in this album. It is just pure fast guitar and drum sound; nothing more and nothing less.
- California – in this California trilogy track, the band is not singing about a person but the place as a whole. It is like paying homage to great wonders of this US state. It won’t be surprising if the State of California will use this song in the future as part of their tourism campaign.
Watch lyric video of “California” here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_UvRj2SFpU
- Bohemian Rhapsody – is not a tribute song. This track is just a way for them to goof around like they always did in their previous album.
You can accuse the band of trying to hold on to Peter Pan complex. The simplicity of the lyrics can only mean that the band doesn’t want to explore more complex and serious topics. However, in terms of musicality, there is no question if the band is trying to be relevant. In the first place, music should not be described and segregated as tired and old, current and relevant, and classic.
By simply limiting the description of music as music per se, you will not have problems with tolerating this album musically. It has good guitar riffs, more than satisfactory song harmony, vibrant and energetic performance, and most of all, the sound that makes them Blink 182. With that, I rate this record 3.5 stars.
1 stars = Ignore it
2 stars = risk it
3 stars = borrow or buy it
4 stars = buy it and keep it
5 stars = buy, keep, and treasure it