Sound — 8
A new Blink 182 album and the promise of a new sound. Did they do this? Yep they certainly did. Effects, drum loops and others feature on this record which add to their already distinctive style of power punk. The album is most definitely not like any Blink album released before, it wipes the floor with its predecessors. The sound is better - experimantal and the guitar lines are a million times better than that of Enema of the State or Take off Your Pants and Jacket.
Lyrics — 10
Lyrically the album cannot be faulted. Praise must be given to Blink 182 for producing heart-felt lyrics that touch emotions like never before. They can write a catchy song that is easy to sing-a-long to while adding whatever emotions they deem fit. On the linear notes included with the album Mark, Tom and Travis all comment on the lyrics and write what mood they were trying to set with the songs. Unlike previous albums hilarity is not mentioned once which is a blessing. No stupid songs written about fucking dogs or blowing parents off, it is obvious that the lyrics come straight from the heart.
Overall Impression — 10
This album in my eyes is without a doubt the finest album Blink has offered to date. Nothing is at fault here. The sound is clear, the lyrics are superb and they have achieved new levels of greatness in the album. It's standout tracks are 'Stockholm Syndrome', 'I Miss You', 'Here's Your Letter' and 'Easy Target'. It's easy to slate Blink 182 off as another crap pop punk band but the fact is that this album has proved that they are one of the best, if not the best pop-punk band around. Whether you love them or hate them this album without a doubt is one of the best released this year. If it was stolen or lost I would definitely replace it, it is definately worth buying if you've never heard Blink or liked any of their previous albums.