yodda wrote:I just can't with this guy
I could go on about how the new blink album disguises poor, uninspired songwriting with 'bells and whistles' and swanky production but none of it would get through to you. So simply accept the fact that people have different opinions in music.
I still love some good blink (even two songs on the new record) but I totally understand people who think blink are hack songwriters who unfairly 'hit it big' - I don't necessarily agree, but I can understand their point of view.
I'm actually pretty curious. All I've been hearing is pretty much what you just said, describing it as "uninspired songwriting" with "bells and whistles," or calling it "Five Seconds To Summer" without going into much detail, or calling it a generic pop punk album when they were the ones that pretty much defined that genre, so you're saying that they're sounding like themselves which is actually a step in the right direction since they haven't sounded pop punk in a while. I don't know. Comments like that drive me crazy. How is it bad to sound like a particular genre? That's holistically subjective. You may not like the genre. Fine. But that doesn't make it uninspired. Every rock song is, in a sense, uninspired because it uses guitars, which is why I think "rock" saw this huge shift, where it now signifies indie/synth. But I digress.
The only detail is the lack of guitars (which, if you listen, isn't true, seeing as most of the guitar embellishes are there, they are just not in the forefront, but done so subtlety, one of my absolute favorites being in the bridge of Teenage Satellites, where there's this intense, metal-ish tremolo) and the saturation of "Na Nas" and "Whoas." The way I see it, they let the guitars take a well-deserved rest and replaced it with intense harmonies (best vocal harmonies on any blink album, save for the exceptional outro in Feelin This) and bass work.
If it's the guitars, look at untitled and Neighborhoods. Blink lost "fancy" guitar work long ago. To be honest, blink kind of went over board with it on TOYPAJ. It's fine in a few songs, but when there are these little Tom riffs in every single song, it starts to lose its appeal. It's like they realized how popular the riff was in Dumpweed and were like .... let's try and do that for every single song.
People say "uninspired" and I don't think they know what that means.
And I can't see "inspired" as being "dark"-sounding music. I've seen a lot of people on here associate dark with mature and profound writing, when that analysis is, in and of itself, shallow. Dark is a style, not the definition of meaningful, inspired music. Sure, you can say that the "dark" elements are a divergence away from a more light-sounding album (comparing blink's untitled with their earlier repertoire), therefore making it inspired because it saw an immense shift in sound. But using that logic, you then have to agree that the shift back to "summer time anthems" is, in and of itself, inspired, especially if blink has, since 2003, been in that mindset for so long, especially if it's a form of songwriting they're used to or have been performing organically.
Again, going back to the guitars, if you're going to say that just playing power chords is not a good form of songwriting, may I remind you that this album is not a throwback album but a tribute to "beginnings," cleverly disguised as a tribute to California, which is where blink was founded. It's clear in the song "Kings of the Weekend" when Mark sings "Thank God for punk rock bands." This album is blink's catharsis. After having deviated from their original sound for so long and losing a founding member, they are now looking back, not just at their own beginnings, but looking back at the genre that defined them, punk rock, which was never about intricate music, but straight forward song writing. I love the title of the album being California, but I would have also loved if it were "Thank God For Punk Rock Bands."
I think writing about your past is an incredible form of inspired lyrics, especially when you're in your 40s. That can't be easy to do.
Everyone is always saying how they could go on and on about "it," but then they never do. Go for it. I'd love to hear it. I can be convinced, but I just haven't heard any good arguments yet.
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