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I realize that I am a horrible person because when I heard that the brand new Blink-182 album, Neighborhoods, had leaked I downloaded it.  I have been a fan of the punk trio for about 6 years now.  I own every single one of their records, from Buddha to their Greatest Hits, so their new album was definitely a must-have for such a dedicated fan as I.  Just because I torrented this album does not mean that I will not go out and buy it.  I have enough respect for these musicians to pay the dues for their hard work.

Before I begin the review of this album I would like to supply those “lesser fans” with a brief history of Blink-182.  In 1992, Tom DeLonge, Mark Hoppus, and Scott Raynor focused on filling their dreams of starting a punk band.  After making 2 full length albums (Cheshire Cat and Dude Ranch), Raynor left the band to focus on school.  Around this time, young drum legend Travis Barker was playing in a ska band by the name of The Aquabats.  Hearing of his talents, Mark and Tom urged him to join Blink-182 and replace Scott Raynor as their drummer.  Accepting this life changing agreement, the power punk trio put out 3 more records together (Enema of the State, Take Off Your Pants & Jacket, and the self-titled album Blink-182).  Shortly after Blink-182’s 5th studio album and long lasting disputes, Tom DeLonge and Mark Hoppus announced that Blink-182 would be playing their last show together in late 2004.  Feeling as if split between his two best friends in a fight, Travis Barker accompanied both Hoppus and DeLonge in their separate bands.  Mark formed +44, while Tom formed Boxcar Racer (in which Travis played drums) and Angels & Airwaves.  Finally in the spring of 2009, Blink-182 announced that they had solved their problems and would be back touring again by that summer.  My first concert was at the Verizon Wireless Center in Irvine, CA where I got the opportunity to see Blink-182 along with other pop/punk favorites, Fall Out Boy and The All-American Rejects.  After this 2009 tour, Blink-182 set out to put forth a brand new album incorporating both Tom’s Angels & Airwaves and Mark’s very own +44.

I can honestly say that I was worried about the outcome of this new album as I was not a fan of Tom’s post-Blink musical goings.  I was hopeful that Mark (the pop/punk lover) would step forward and help them get back that old teenage rebellion sound they had before.  Neighborhoods starts out with a song called “Ghost on the Dance Floor”.  From the get go I hear the synthesizers and I am turned off.  Then the guitar riff came in and I began to dig it.  “Ghost on the Dance Floor”, “Natives”, and “Hearts All Gone” I would have to say are my top 3 favorite songs off this album.  The rest just seem….”okay”.  This is fairly disappointing for someone with such deep pop/punk roots as I.  I would like to go on record saying that Travis Barker (regardless of what I say about Blink-182) does an OUTSTANDING job throughout the entire record.  If it had not been for his god-like drum skill I would have trouble listening to this album, let alone a song, all the way through.

I would give Neighborhoods a 5/10 and that is being generous.  Lets just hope they find their “new sound” in which they are seeking soon.

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