California Album Review

Chastity Frazier, Staff Writer

The album opens up with “Cynical,” a fast paced, drum intense two minute track. Mark Hoppus starts us off acoustic with only his voice and soft guitar strokes. Travis Barker then enters with his addictive drum beats that puts us all on edge. This song will have you headbanging and screaming along, while also bringing tears to your eyes by the familiarity of it all.

Next comes “Bored To Death,” an all out rock song with calculated beats that will have you turning the dial and losing your mind. This track is heavy on the drums and on your heart.

“She Out Of Her Mind” is a completely addictive track. Blink’s passionate sound stays present until the very end. The lyrics “she said I let her down, let her down, I no longer dream of anything anymore” will have you hitting repeats for week.

“Los Angeles” is much like other Blink songs, but with a surprising twist. With other songs by Blink-182 being full rock, “Los Angeles” takes a break during the third versus. Although Barker euphoric beats stays the same, Hoppus slows down to a softer vocals that will have your mind going insane with happiness.

Their fifth track, “Sober,” is heavy with new member Matt Skiba. This song acts as a party anthem for the punks with its repetitive lyrics and mind bottling beats. Although this song is not my favorite on the album, Skiba’s voice makes it unforgettable.

“Built This Pool” is a hilarious sixteen second track with the only lyrics being “I wanna see some naked dudes, that’s why I built this pool.”

“No Future” is a musically brilliant track with disheartened lyrics and epic guitar riffs. With a combination of Hoppus and Skiba on vocals, this song will have you on your feet. The lyrics “They don’t care about us, no future,” captures their whole message in one line. Blink are worried the fans will no longer care for them since Tom Delonge left and they won’t have a future in music.

Next comes one of my favorites. “Home Is Such A Lonely Place” wraps you up and has you holding on to Hoppus’ vocals for dear life. This melodic slow-tempo ballad was written by Mark Hoppus himself, and he made it extremely personal. It’s about his fears that his family will one day leave him, which bears the question, “What happens after that?” Hoppus puts his whole heart into this track with the heartbreaking lyrics and his half-screaming, half-singing vocals.

Blink comes to address their age in “Kings of the Weekend.” Hoppus and Skiba sing about their busy work lives during the week, but on the weekend they can “lose [their] minds in a downward spiral.” This track is quite possibly the only modern song by an old rock band that addresses themselves and not their teenage fantasies.

“Teenage Satellites” starts off with an intense guitar solo by Skiba that soon has Barker following along with his extreme drumming. This is a fun track with comical lyrics and a fun catchy chorus.

“Left Alone” is a dose of classic Blink. From the actual meaningful lyrics to the dominant drum beat, “Left Alone” will have you remembering the good old Blink days with “Carousel” and “Please, Take Me Home.”

“Rabbit Hole” is a super fast, fist-pumping punk rock song that brings out Blink’s true nature with their irrelevant lyrics and fading vocals.

“San Diego” is a dark, emotional song that relates to Tom Delonge himself. This track is about old memories with Delonge and wishing they could turn back the clock but knowing they can’t, and things will never be fixed. Skiba belts out the lines “I can’t sleep because what if I dream of going back to San Diego,” which makes us all remember the better times of our lives and wondering where we went wrong.

We get even more fast, punk rock fun with “The Only Things That Matters.” With overlapping vocals between Hoppus and Skiba, this track is defiantly a headbanger.

“California” slows us back down with it’s beautiful soft introduction. “California” is arguably the saddest song on the album with the lyrics “Once we had love, now it’s gone.” This track takes you back to their old songs like “I Miss You” and “Boxing Day.”

The album closes with a thirty second track, “Bohemian Rhapsody,” that sings “There’s something about you that I can’t quite put my finger in.” “Bohemian Rhapsody” reeks of old Blink-182 with its speedy drums, and piercing guitar rule. There is no better way to end a Blink comeback album.