Two days ago, Blink-182 released their first album in eight years. The LP, entitled Neighborhoods, is said to bring together the diverse musical tastes of the band's members, who have developed their own unique leanings since the infamous hiatus. Reviews from media outlets, both small and large, have been pouring in. Most critics were intrigued by the premise of a "modern" Blink. Would the band retain any of the low-brow humor that resonated with so many adolescents of the late '90s? Or would this version of Blink take its cues from their somewhat experimental self-titled album of 2003?
Neighborhoods, according to a majority of the reviews released over the last two days, sounds like an uneven mix of both. The Alternative Press put it best by describing Blink's latest effort as an expected struggle:
. . .you can’t help but think that this album had to sound like this in order for the band to be able to move on and grow together again.
Fans should expect the band to have a few missteps after eight years away from one another. It's a new start, and most critics felt that Mark, Tom, and Travis weren't sure how to acknowledge their collective past while trying to do something completely new.
Below, you'll find the basic scores and ratings from various magazines and blogs divided into two sections: Top Critics and Notable Critics. The ratings have been converted into a score on a 0-100 scale. Most of these were derived from 0-5 star ratings or 1-10 point scales.
Although the album has some truly unique high points, it doesn't make up for a slew of inconsistencies and flaws. Fans of Blink-182 will be happy that the band has reunited for a new LP with some undeniably catchy singles, but as a whole it's probably one of the weaker albums in Blink's catalog.
TOP CRITICS: 77% A solid album, but not a great one.
CNN.COM- A largely negative review, but the writer labeled the LP with a B- = 80
ROLLING STONE- A solid effort, but nothing revolutionary: 3/5 stars = 75
SPIN- An earnest attempt at making something new, but ultimately mediocre: 6/10 = 60
NEW YORK MAGAZINE- This is actually more of a profile than a review, but the writer described the LP as "pretty decent": 80
ALTERNATIVE PRESS- A mixed bag of a review: "Ultimately, Neighborhoods is a slightly awkward entry in the band's catalog that shows as much potential as it does flaws": 80
MTV.COM- A bit uneven, and sometimes unnecessarily moody, but it's a solid effort with some notable highpoints: 85
NOTABLE CRITICS: 76% Even some of the stronger singles aren't enough to make up for the album's odd digressions.
CRAVE ONLINE- 5/10 = 50
NME.COM- 7/10 = 70
CONSEQUENCE OF SOUND- 3.5/5 = 80
AV CLUB- B- = 80
SLANT MAGAZINE- 2.5/5 = 65
BG NEWS- B+ = 85
GO WHERE HIPHOP.COM- 4/5 = 85
ABSOLUTE PUNK.NET- 9/10 = 90
CHECK OUT AN EXCELLENT INTERVIEW WITH MARK HOPPUS ON JIM ROME'S RADIO SHOW BY CLICKING ON THE VIDEO LINK TO THE LEFT.