OBGYN_KENOBI wrote:Music is like any other art form. Its made in many different ways. Most movies, tv shows are made by teams of 100s of people. Music can be gelled together by multiple people. I honestly can't say it sounds smart to hate an album soley based on how it was created. I think for what California is, its a great album. Does it hold the ambition of untitled? Or the magic that album brought? No. But part of me is glad we only got one album like that. It makes that particular album more special. Untitled was done at the right time in all their lives. The conditions were just right to bring about that album. Based on each of the current schedule of all members even if Tom was involved we'd never see that album level again!
And Weezer is a bad example of "under ground" mentality song writting. In my mind Blue Album was a one time thing. Sense than Rivers has been on a non stop course of trying to become the White Male Beyonce in the pop music world. A chart topper...
I think Blue Album-Pinkerton is in the same boat. After Pinkerton, Rivers apparently got severely depressed because of the negative reviews/poor sales that I think he really retuned his writing style to become as successful as possible. I think he's the guy who had a whole binder detailing writers like Cobain's "methods" so he could figure them out and write the best pop songs. The White Album is a good record though...
I agree that even if Tom were in the band, we wouldn't get something like Untitled. But I'm happy with Neighborhoods and would much prefer that to this. I know other people feel differently though, and that's fine. I really don't like this record and I've been somewhat of a dick about it, but if you dig it, that's cool. I recognize that I'm a very weird blink fan and am not going to agree with most people that like them. I do think that this lineup can make a good record if they get away from the process they had on this one.
On the positive side, this album did get me listening to blink for the first time in probably 2 years. I've been listening to Untitled, Neighborhoods, WYHSB, and Sekret Machines a lot and I've even been watching the MTV Album Launch.
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"Travis and I could tour as blink-182 if we wished. We could hire a new guitarist and hit the road. It would be our right, since Tom quit. Of course we have no plans to do that. Blink-182 was the three of us. The whole thing would be very disingenuous." - Mark Hoppus