brian. wrote:I almost wish blink never made untitled, so we didn't have this glorious album to compare everything to, because really, THAT material is the outlier. Blink was always about summer fun and goofing off. Then untitled comes out and everyone's all "well where's the poignant lyricism and dark subject matter?!" Untitled is the exception, not the rule. I think people forget that.
Untitled was the talent meeting the potential. Blink's creative and expressionistic arc was trending up when Untitled was out. The divergence into the different styles after that was pretty extreme, which is why Neighborhoods was such a bizarre compromise that ultimately seemed to favor the more unyielding member - Tom.
If California is the album that Mark has always wanted out of blink for years now, maybe I should indeed wonder if he's really even capable of doing anything better than +44, because I'm unimpressed. I'm obviously prematurely judging the record, which is stupid, but clearly we won't be able to even field a debate about Untitled vs. California because it's basically two albums from two totally different bands.
brian. wrote:Honestly this song isn't even worthy of such a spirited debate. It's a catchy summer single from blink. Mark Hoppus on vocals. Crisp production. Poppy melodies. Just take stuff for what it is sometimes. Don't be so personally let down.
It's only fleeting. In a few months we'll be very clearly able to state a complete opinion on the album and see what people think as months pass beyond that time. It's kind of the same deal as before when I lost my shit during the BTD debut, it's just not my band anymore and it bums me out quite a bit. Maybe with more weeks and months to let things season, I'll be more clearly able to categorize California, but until then I'm definitely going to die the death of 1000 cuts. Just how I'm wired.