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Author's Rating
Vocals 8
Musicianship 7
Lyrics 7
Production 7.75
Creativity 8.75
Lasting Value 9.25
Reviewer Tilt 9.5
Final Verdict: 82%
Member Ratings
Vocals 6.66
Musicianship 6.68
Lyrics 6.59
Production 6.34
Creativity 6.91
Lasting Value 7.34
Reviewer Tilt 7.27
Average: 68%
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Blink-182 - Dude Ranch

Reviewed by: Solidshroom (06/01/09)
Blink-182 - Dude Ranch
Record Label: Cargo Music/MCA Records
Release Date: June 19, 1997

Quite possibly one of the finest pop-punk bands of the nineties, Blink-182 finally had a breakthrough in popularity with their release Dude Ranch. Prior to this breakthrough, they were confined to independent releases, such as their Cheshire Cat or Buddha albums, which were significantly lacking in the production department. However, some of the aspects of their independent releases remain in Dude Ranch, and would later begin to fade in their next major hit album Enema of the State. For instance, Dude Ranch was the final album featuring original drummer Scott Raynor -- a much faster, harder, more hardcore-influenced drummer than their next drummer, Travis Barker.

As a general overview of the album's sound, fans of the band -- or even occasional listeners -- know what to expect. Like most early albums by the band, guitarist Tom Delonge's voice is quite a unique asset to the band's sound. His incredibly nasal and sometimes off-key voice can be difficult to enjoy at first, but it really helps to highlight the "snot-nosed" teenage aura of the band. Plus, Mark Hoppus' mellower voice complements Delonge's voice nicely. In fact, the harmonies seen in some of the album's songs like "Pathetic," "Emo," or "Untitled" are just unreasonably catchy and add a lot to the band's sound. Instrumentally, the album is wonderfully simple and straightforward. Grinding, bright guitar playing, droning, bright bass lines, and pounding, fast drums are all a staple of the band and, of course, this album is no exception, especially songs like the lead single "Dammit."

The lyrics on Dude Ranch are certainly varied, but they're pretty standard for the band. Listeners looking for mature, serious love songs should avoid Blink's early stuff, including Dude Ranch.While the rampant sex jokes of earlier albums are a bit more sparse (although still quite apparent in songs like "Voyeur"), the songs on Dude Ranch discuss love in a way that someone would expect a teenager to. Whether or not this was the band's intention isn't completely clear, but it's true that teenage love is still certainly love. "Josie" is one fine example of a great, catchy teenage love song that the band includes on Dude Ranch. Lyrics like "Yeah my girlfriend/takes me home when I'm too drunk to drive" don't exactly explore the deep nuances of love like more mature artists, but the songs of the Righteous Brothers or Marvin Gaye just aren't nearly as relatable nowadays. One song whose lyrics are quite notable is "A New Hope." It's a love song, in the semi-serious tone of Blink-182, dedicated to Princess Leia from Star Wars.

Dude Ranch would prove to be the last Blink-182 album that still retains some of the band's early raw skate-punk sound. Yet, it lends a wonderful preview for the music that would be made in the future with releases like Enema of the State. One simply just can't imagine Blink-182 without potty humor, swearing, and teenage love songs. But this album also starts to show a knack for at least somewhat decent songs that approach concepts maturely, which was fairly weak on past albums and would be strengethened with songs like "Adam's Song" or "Stay Together for the Kids." But still, where Dude Ranch stands tall is in its relatablity and lasting power. Most teenage listeners can relate to the experiences discussed on the album and in that way it cements its place in pop-punk hisory, as well as pop-culture history.
 
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07:00 AM on 06/10/09
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One of my top 5 favourite albums ever
10:01 PM on 06/10/09
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Don't really find them very talented at all.
10:24 PM on 06/11/09
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never heard of them...but i will check this out...

ha jk
10:44 PM on 06/11/09
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My fourth favorite Blink album.
10:48 PM on 06/11/09
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never heard of them...but i will check this out...

ha jk
i specifcally clicked this link to make that joke :( haha
10:49 PM on 06/11/09
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i wouldnt give vocals or musicianship very high at all, their needs to be a awesomeness catagory
03:57 AM on 06/12/09
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one of my favorite pop punk releases ever
06:29 AM on 06/12/09
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Don't really find them very talented at all.
Blink-182 are talented in that they consistently, CONSISTENTLY, write catchy pop-punk songs. They never needed guitar solos or insane riffs to do it. Millions of fans can't be wrong though..
07:33 AM on 06/12/09
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HAHA 82% haha.
10:05 AM on 06/12/09
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Blink-182 are talented in that they consistently, CONSISTENTLY, write catchy pop-punk songs. They never needed guitar solos or insane riffs to do it. Millions of fans can't be wrong though..
Millions of people aren't wrong, millions of people just like (imo) boring music. If what you say is true, than Metro Station, Boys Like Girls and Never Shout Never must all be very good musicians.

I never really like blink 182, sure they right good music to a lot of peoples ears. But I think it just comes over as obnoxious and boring. I guess I do understand the hype, I just don't understand why people continue. This band is boring.
10:21 AM on 06/12/09
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Blink-182 are talented in that they consistently, CONSISTENTLY, write catchy pop-punk songs. They never needed guitar solos or insane riffs to do it. Millions of fans can't be wrong though..
Tom actually use to do Guitar solos- checkout Flyswatter
10:44 AM on 06/12/09
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Blink-182 are talented in that they consistently, CONSISTENTLY, write catchy pop-punk songs. They never needed guitar solos or insane riffs to do it. Millions of fans can't be wrong though..
Neither of their singers are very good, and they don't write particularly good lyrics. I find them very average.
10:58 AM on 06/12/09
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90% of people who still listen to blink listen to them for nostalgic reasons...because they fell in love with the band during a time in their lives that they'll never forget. that's why they continue. blink never tried to be talented in terms of pure technique and musicianship, aside from travis maybe. they've always known their niche, and they've always been the best at tapping into the mind of a jaded little shithead teenager. we were all shithead teenagers at one point, so we listen to blink to take us back. that's why people continue. your idea that they are boring is purely a matter of opinion.
03:16 PM on 06/12/09
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Millions of people aren't wrong, millions of people just like (imo) boring music. If what you say is true, than Metro Station, Boys Like Girls and Never Shout Never must all be very good musicians.

I never really like blink 182, sure they right good music to a lot of peoples ears. But I think it just comes over as obnoxious and boring. I guess I do understand the hype, I just don't understand why people continue. This band is boring.
none of those bands write catchy pop punk songs.
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