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jtresk26 07/18/09 11:43 PM

Blink-182 - Untitled
 
Blink-182 - Untitled
Record Label: Geffen Records
Release Date: November 18, 2003

"I've got no regret right now." No other words can help set the tone for Blink-182's Untitled record. Even before Blink-182 convened to record a new album in 2003, we saw a taste of what the album would be like in guitarist Tom Delonge's Box Car Racer project. Deeper songs with a harder-edged feel Blink was not known for at the time influenced their self-titled album. Blink spent ten months recording this album, more than any of their other records.

"Feeling This," the album's opening track, is one of the most infectious songs Blink-182 has ever created. Travis Barker, drummer, starts off the song in unconventional manner Blink-182 is not known for, but the subject matter of the song, sex, is typical for the band. Explained in the liner notes of the album, the verses of the song represent the passionate, lustful side, with the chorus representing the romantic side. At the end of the song, Delonge and bassist Mark Hoppus create vocal harmonies reminiscent of The Beach Boys' Pet Sounds. "Obvious" is a track that sounds like an ode to grunge combined with punk music. "I Miss You," one of the four singles from the album, shows the softer side of the band, but with creepiness that seeps throughout the song. "Violence," one of my personal favorites off the album, could be called a Blink-182 song but naked. Throughout the verses, percussion instruments, such as a shaker, and a bass line can only be heard in verses, while the chorus has one of the best lines on the record, personally speaking, "Like violence, you have me, forever and after." "Go," the shortest song on the record makes two demands of the listener: to start throwing shit and to turn up your CD or MP3 player. "Asthenia" is a track that represents a space rock with punk rock elements, with the use of a Leslie speaker.

"Always," a track heavily influenced by 1980's new wave/ pop bands and is the ultimate love song Blink wrote for the record. "I'm Lost Without You" is a track that may not represent the Blink-182 found in Enema of the State, but it shows a interesting look at what the band can do to a song, in a good way, and see where Blink's songs sound in like the future.

In a more technical look at the album, the vocals on this album are the best of any Blink-182 album, which is best represented in the song "Feeling This." In a lyrical sense, anybody off the street can tell by listening to the record that it's their most personal record they have written so far. With producing duties by three-time Blink producer Jerry Finn, he adds sounds that are integral to a song, not by making them stand out, but by adding to the feel of the song. Like any other Blink record, the trio mesh well together like a legendary band, with Travis Barker hammering away at the drum kit like he was Animal from The Muppets.

Now, about six years after this album has been released and on the brink of their reunion tour, Blink-182 threw out the drawing board of what they think pop-punk is and added new elements Blink fans were not expecting, and in retrospect, threw critics off their feet with their new innovative pop-punk/alternative sound. An album like this is hard to follow up; Blink is expected to record a sixth album, but this album may be a point they can never reach again. Either way, it should considered one of the best albums created in the decade.

HelloxAlone 07/27/09 11:15 AM

Good review, but nothing about Stockholm Syndrome!?
That had to be my album favorite. (:

xjulianx89 07/27/09 09:39 PM

I would rated it a tad higher.

No mention of Stockholm Syndrome? It's my favorite song on the album.
I love Violence as well, especially the opening.

_><_ 07/28/09 01:12 AM

Lol, 90% .

fobmcrafi6 07/28/09 06:47 AM

really good review, the album is one of my favorites along with the band of course. and i do agree that it s the personal side of blink 182, but best cd of the decade,,, maybe out of top 100 while Dude Ranch surpasses this blink album and M&Ms as the best song IMO.

flks511 07/28/09 11:54 AM

No.

NateFoundGlory 07/29/09 10:02 PM

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Originally Posted by flks511 (Post 49701182)
No.


Why no?

flks511 07/30/09 11:23 AM

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Originally Posted by TheIdesOfNate (Post 49891532)
Why no?

1. Bad writing, too much track by track and most of the review is focused on "Feeling This" alone.

2. The ratings are absurd. 9 for musicianship? Tom is one of the worst guitarists in the genre and Mark's bass playing is nothing special. Vocals also should have been bumped lower (for Tom's annoying whiny voice and the fact that they can't sing for shit live).

3. Did we really need to review this album? I'm pretty sure everyone on this site has heard this album before, or know of blink and their reputation.

4. I just really don't like Blink.

jtresk26 07/30/09 12:59 PM

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Originally Posted by flks511 (Post 49944292)
1. Bad writing, too much track by track and most of the review is focused on "Feeling This" alone.

2. The ratings are absurd. 9 for musicianship? Tom is one of the worst guitarists in the genre and Mark's bass playing is nothing special. Vocals also should have been bumped lower (for Tom's annoying whiny voice and the fact that they can't sing for shit live).

3. Did we really need to review this album? I'm pretty sure everyone on this site has heard this album before, or know of blink and their reputation.

4. I just really don't like Blink.

In response to what you said:
-You state that you don't like Blink, so you have a bias against them. I like Blink so I have a bias for them, but when I reviewed this, I tried to keep that out of my writing, but some came out in the open. I could give a fuck if people already know about the album, I was just having doing this. Who cares about the voices when they play live? This is a STUDIO album, so that was a failed point against them and I was judging their voices based on the STUDIO album, not live. Lighten the fuck up, I only wanted to do this for fun, so stop taking yourself so seriously and stop trying to degrade other people's fun.

flks511 07/30/09 01:19 PM

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Originally Posted by jtresk26 (Post 49956762)
In response to what you said:
-You state that you don't like Blink, so you have a bias against them. I like Blink so I have a bias for them, but when I reviewed this, I tried to keep that out of my writing, but some came out in the open. I could give a fuck if people already know about the album, I was just having doing this. Who cares about the voices when they play live? This is a STUDIO album, so that was a failed point against them and I was judging their voices based on the STUDIO album, not live. Lighten the fuck up, I only wanted to do this for fun, so stop taking yourself so seriously and stop trying to degrade other people's fun.

It's your own fault if you can't handle criticism. The ratings are ridiculous and your writing is nothing special. Obviously you should take off points for them not having good voices because that's what that rating is for. The only reason they sound this way on the album is because of pitch correction technology. And the only talented member of the band is Travis Barker, so a 9 for musicianship is...well....it's wrong. More like a 5 or a 6, which is still a little high.

Your bias definitely affected your review and it could use some editing.

Burn That Shit 07/30/09 01:19 PM

90%? Are you okay?

DuracellBunny97 07/30/09 06:10 PM

it isn't untitled, it's self-titled

jtresk26 07/30/09 10:49 PM

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Originally Posted by flks511 (Post 49959342)
It's your own fault if you can't handle criticism. The ratings are ridiculous and your writing is nothing special. Obviously you should take off points for them not having good voices because that's what that rating is for. The only reason they sound this way on the album is because of pitch correction technology. And the only talented member of the band is Travis Barker, so a 9 for musicianship is...well....it's wrong. More like a 5 or a 6, which is still a little high.

Your bias definitely affected your review and it could use some editing.

I can handle criticism, but what you said isn't criticism, it's a bias against them. You didn't really state anyting with thought. I could care less about what you think because you won't change my opinion of them or any of their albums, as you won't care about mine. Plus, I said that some of my bias affected the review of the album, so thanks for stating what has been already said.

Piss 07/31/09 07:17 AM

terrible album

flks511 07/31/09 10:46 AM

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Originally Posted by jtresk26 (Post 50013862)
I can handle criticism, but what you said isn't criticism, it's a bias against them. You didn't really state anyting with thought. I could care less about what you think because you won't change my opinion of them or any of their albums, as you won't care about mine. Plus, I said that some of my bias affected the review of the album, so thanks for stating what has been already said.

Whatever. Just saying, you should read the other comments telling you a 90% is absurd for this album. That should tell you something.

And you can write these reviews for fun without sacrificing quality.