scoobs wrote:Elevator wrote:"Brohemian Rhapsody" is definitely a little bit cringe worthy.
Not that I disagree, but could you be more of a Debbie downer?
I'd rather be myself than pretend to be elated with the mediocre material being fed to me. Obviously my posts are not welcome here right now, sadly. It really, really bums me out that I'm not allowed to not like what I'm seeing and hearing.
No matter what artwork they chose or what song they chose to release, some people were going to be unhappy. At the end of the day, you really have to separate this band from the blink that existed years ago. Everything will pale in comparison to what you hold near and dear from the past. Gotta separate it. I think one of the things I find truly frustrating about the break up in 2005 was that it happened right in the middle of blink's most creative and exciting phase in their career. When they got back together and time had passed, they now suddenly had to live up to a legacy they left behind. They had to "make a blink-182 album." They no longer were just three friends writing music and seeing where it took them. It gave them something to have to live up to and be.
This feels like Mark and Travis and Matt were able to just go in the studio and have fun and make an album. Like in 2003 when Travis said about untitled "let's pretend it's our first album." I think they were able to take that approach this time too - a fresh start, no precedent or mold was set that they had to comply with.
I agree with this good post, and let me be clear - I didn't want to be unhappy. The album artwork was definitely not a good start, then the album name was a real surrender, and the song I wanted (the aggressive fun chase we heard in the non-blink snippet from a few days ago) was not remotely close to what I was hoping for. Everybody else seems to like it, but I swear to you I wasn't waiting to hate on this stuff. I wanted to celebrate with all of you and go nuts just like we were all doing years ago with Up All Night, but it's not working.
You all think I'm somebody who loves to be miserable and hates on everything, but I'm simply very critical, outspoken, and have extremely high standards. That rubs people the wrong way, sure, but it's a drag to have to fight so hard around here to have any perspective. I guess I dug that hole for myself, but just because I don't like this doesn't mean I don't love blink. Past, present, and future. It's just very different, and I'd appreciate it if some of you would have some fucking objectivity once the high wears off.