Album Review: Blink 182 – California by Amrita Garcha

Blink 182 have returned from the darkness with their newest and seventh studio album called ‘California’. This album is still the same rock feeling and genre but it is the first to include their newest member vocalist/guitarist Matt Skiba from Alkaline Trio, who replaced former member Tom DeLonge. Fans were worried when Tom left the band but the other original members vocalist/bassist Mark Hoppus and drummer Travis Barker calmed down the fans by saying that Matt Skiba can na-na-na-na as well to rival Billie Joe Armstrong – the singer from Green Day.

Album Review: Blink 182 – California

The new album California was released on July 1, 2016 and has already has a hit with the song ‘Bored to Death’. To me most of these songs are quite short with 1 or 2 songs that are about 3 minutes long. The shortest song is ‘Built this Pool’ which is only 16 seconds long. The genres on California are: Pop Punk, Alternative Rock and Punk Rock, which Blink 182 are most famous for. As the title of the album suggests, I think most of these songs are based or inspired by the US state of California.

My favourite song on this album would have to be ‘Rabbit Hole’. The reason why is because this single reminds me of the book and movie Alice in Wonderland. Also this song somehow goes well together with another song on this album ‘Bored to Death’. Even though this is my favourite song I do find ‘Rabbit Hole’ short and repetitive which makes me think that Blink 182 didn’t really know what to write about.

Five years since their last album, Neighborhoods

I think fans were shocked and excited when Blink 182 released California mostly because it was five years since the American band showed the world their last album, Neighborhoods. This is the first Blink 182 album I have heard so I don’t really know how fans felt when Neighborhoods was released. I have a feeling that California will be more popular than other Blink 182 albums but not as much as Enema of the State.

Overall I think that California is a great album to listen to because it has that punk pop feeling that most Blink 182 songs do. However some of the songs could be a bit longer since they were quite short, but overall they still are good to listen to. With their new band member Matt Skiba, I think Blink 182 created this album to show people that they are still alive and not dead.