KayTheMagnificent wrote:I just accepted quite a while ago that it wouldn't sound like that, I guess. I had no expectations of Toms style on it. it oddly sounds more Tommish than I was expecting (the riff, the ohs, etc). I assumed going in that it would sound like Mark's side of blink, and it does. I do think the magic of it is the 3 of them together but we can't have that. It sounds blink-like enough for me to be comfortable with it being blink-182, and I'm happy that Travis and Mark are happy continuing as blink because its what they want, and to some extent I'm happy that Tom is allegedly happy making space movies or whatever the hell he's doing. Blink was always about more than their music and what we know does inform how we hear it. Ultimately Brian is right, they're not the Beatles, they're a pop punk band that barely managed to break out of the same 4 power chord formula. They've defied all kinds of musical logic getting as far as they did, accomplishing what they did, and writing such good songs with their severely lacking ability (Travis obviously not included in that last part).
All we can expect from them is some solid pop punkish music, and that's what this is. I'm good with accepting that, but I had no idea what to expect from the get go with this. I couldn't be disappointed... so if you were expecting something else or more, than I appreciate where you're coming from.
I agree with all of this. I had no "expectations" for this album. My only expectation was kinda that I thought Matt was an awesome choice and I knew they'd make a cool record that sounds like a cool combination of blink-182 and possibly some stuff on the darker side with Matt's Alkaline Trio writing style. So far I am not disappointed.
I will reiterate again, I haven't actively listened to blink in a long while. It's more of a nostalgia trip for me. And having said that, I thought this song was better than pretty much everything on Neighnorhoods. I already like this record more and I've not even heard it. They were so missing that nice glossy production. That's back with Feldmann, and I'm ecstatic. THIS album feels like the true return of blink-182. Neighborhoods and DED sound like garbage and were totally brought down by Tom. Mark and Travis are finally free to have fun and make music again! And Matt Skiba was a great choice for that.
I completely agree with all of this.
It's a real shame, too, because Boxing Day was really awesome, and I loved the direction they went with the song. But unfortunately, that was only one song. I'm actually listening to DED right now, and it's just so ... so .... bad. Neighborhoods is also a real tragedy when you listen to it. There are so many songs that have so much potential but fail in the end, due to the lack of production and the obvious disparity between all of the members, which is a real, real shame.
But this song, like you said, has wonderful production. The guitar in the outro gives me chills because it has the same tone and sound as the chugging guitar in the bridge of All The Small Things. (I'm taking a break from listening to Bored to Death because I don't want to get too sick of it yet.)
I'm curious, though. You keep on saying that you haven't been listening to blink etc. etc. I need to ask. What have you been listening to?
I was hanging on by a little thread.
Just minutes before I was on a mountain.
I screamed "I can see all."
The ground broke from the sound.
It was all built on nothing.
Caution: the solid ground that you are on will slide from under you.
-Hot Water Music