When Blink-182 released their single “Up All Night” from their first album in 7 years, “Neighborhoods” at the end of the summer, I was worried that their music was starting to sound too much like singer/guitarist Tom DeLonge’s new band, Angels & Airwaves. It turns out I was only half right.
The sound of Angels & Airwaves is unique. DeLonge’s vocals have an “airiness” to them that did not exist back in his original Blink-182 days. The backing music is at times trance-like and their album pretty much makes me feel like I should be in space. While I don’t mind their sound, I definitely like Blink-182’s raw punk rock vibe better.
So when I first heard “Up All Night,” I couldn’t help but pick up on the Angels & Airwaves-like vocals that DeLonge has seemingly been unable to ditch. However, when the full album was released on Sept. 27, I was pleased to find that with the help of vocalist/bassist Mark Hoppus, Blink recovered some of it’s old sound with that classic garage band feel.
Travis Barker’s insane consistency on the drum kit also helped take me back to the days of “Enema of the State” and “Take Off Your Pants and Jacket.”
If you’re a fan of Angels & Airwaves, I’d suggest listening to the first track, “Ghost on the Dance Floor” and the third track “Up All Night.” DeLonge clearly forgot to switch his style from his new band back to his old and in my opinion it takes away from the musicianship of the song. Hoppus’ vocals on “Up All Night” do save it for me a little bit, however.
For that classic punk rock Blink sound, check out “Heart’s All Gone” or pretty much any song on the second half of the album.
Check it out here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBK_5Z4sIow
On a scale of 1 to 10, I give “Neighborhoods” a 7. Welcome back Blink! I missed you.