The forthcoming Blink-182 album sounds interesting but it could just be another failed promise.
Blink-182 are on the way back with a new album for 2019. The legendary pop-punk band are considered one of the behemoths of their respective genre; however, they aren't quite the band they once were. Of course, this is expected as musical trends change and band members mature and get older. Yet, the former hasn't exactly been the case for the band. Their most recent album - 2016's California - marked the group's seventh studio effort and their first without co-frontman Tom Delonge. Due to conflicts, he was replaced by Alkaline Trio's Matt Skiba.
When it dropped in the summer of 2016, fans were left divided. In the lead-up to its release, it was being billed as somewhat of a return to form. Some considered 2011's Neighbourhoods a slight departure from their signature sound, ignoring the fact that the catchy hooks and creativity are all there. Deviating from this, California stood as a long-awaited disappointment. Opening with "Cynical" and "Bored to Death" the album - at sixteen tracks - gradually becomes tedious after such a strong start.
There are clear highlights such as "Sober" and "California", which offer the anthemic power and unsuspecting reflection of their best previous efforts. Then, there are pretty awful efforts like "Built This Pool", "No Future", "Kings of the Weekend", "Teenage Satellites", "Rabbit Hole", "Brohemian Rhapsody" and more which embarrassingly try to emulate the playfulness and youthful energy of their past.
Although boasting a few highlights, California is arguably the band's most disappointing work to date. Their exciting return quickly became a reason to retire. Yet, that was never going to happen, and the band are now back with news of their eighth record. As reported by NME, we can expect one of the band's most "important records" this Summer, of which they have previously described as "experimental". If you cast your minds back, California was teased similarly. We weren't just told to expect another record, but instead, something considerable... something memorable. For the right reasons, rather than the wrong, that is.
It's difficult not to get swept up in the intrigue surrounding the new record, but simultaneously, expectations couldn't be lower after their previous studio effort. Perhaps this will help the album, but Blink-182 aren't a band who should be allowed to coast by on remarks like "it wasn't as bad as the last". They're better than that, aren't they? At the moment it's hard to say, but we're hoping that the boys are right and that this is one of the band's most important albums. This could be the comeback that we wanted California to be. Then again, it could be the final nail in the coffin - the moment when long-term fans call it a day with the prominent pop-punkers... a last chance becoming one too many.
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