Blink-182 finally! FINALLY! released their newest album, California! First of all, WOW! It is a lot better than I expected it to be. The fact that Tom wanted the band to sound like something they’re not is enough reason to kick him out of the band. Yes, Tom isn’t on the album but Matt Skiba does a great job filling in for him and he doesn’t try to sound like Tom which is even better. I love Toms whiny vocals but I rather Matt sound like Matt. My favorite tracks off this album are “The Only Thing That Matters”, “San Diego”, and “She’s Out of Her Mind”.
“The Only Thing That Matters”- This is my top favorite off this whole album, it actually sounds like original blink! It would have fit perfect alongside their album Take Of Your Pants And Jacket. Matt Skibas cadence on his verse is my favorite part of this whole track other than how it sounds. They did a great job with this track, it sounds like what blink should be sounding like.
“San Diego”- This song is a great song because it has the feel of blink-182’s stay together for the kids. It was revealed in a recent interview that this song is about Tom no longer being in the band, which is sad and good that they wrote about it. Its good that they did it this way instead of bashing him in a song which would be pretty child like. I do enjoy Matt skiba’s vocals singing “san Diegoooo” but I can’t help but wish Tom’s whiny voice was doing it. Sadly, Skiba does a fine job in his role as the new Tom.
“She’s Out of Her Mind”- Another favorite song off the album, I like this because the beginning of the song sounds like their song “Mutt”. This song also has a similar sound to their other song “The Rock Show”. Its a great song to blast and sing at the top of your lungs to, just like a lot of their older stuff. It is another song that is proof that blink-182 is finally back in the right direction.
Blink-182’s new album isn’t over the top amazing, but its great! Its the blink-182 we have all be dying to hear from, not that stadium rock/angels and airwaves cousin we were forced to listen to for the last two albums ( Neighborhoods, Dogs Eating Dogs). This is the Blink-182 we all fell in love listening to growing up. Yes, Tom is out of the band and thats okay for now. Hopefully they can add Tom back into the band and also keep Matt as well because I think he provides a great dynamic for the band. This is a must buy, must listen to album.