Dude Ranch review by Blink-182

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  • Released: Jun 17, 1997
  • Sound: 6
  • Lyrics: 6
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 6.7 Neat
  • Users' score: 9.2 (75 votes)
Blink-182: Dude Ranch

Sound — 6
For a guitarist, you'll probably notice that Blinks tone is fatter in this album because Tom used Gibsons for the first (and last) time in this album. He said latter that he preferres the Fender sound and I think most people aggreed with him. The bass tone is strait forward Fender P-Bass, with some nice fills in "Voyeur" and "Josie". The drums are monotone and out of place (in my opinion). Scott was a huge metal fan and you can tell by the way he mercilessly pounds the bass and snare. I think most people agree his lack of depth held back the band for a long time. Another think worth mentioning is that very few studio effects were used in this album (Blink only had a couple weeks to record it). In there subsequent albums there are tons of keyboards and overdubbs. In comparison this album sounds very raw.

Lyrics — 6
Classic blink. Popular topics include being raped by a farmer, kicked out of school for being drunk, and "lacking in the bulge". Short skits in between songs are funny and bizarre. Certain songs, however, foreshadow the darker songs that are now prevailent with Blink. "Emo" and "Lemmings" are good examples. Tom's vocals aren't synthed at all and it shows in songs like "Dick Lips", but Marks are steady in the whole album.

Overall Impression — 8
This is a must have for blink fans even if its not the most quality album. It's total punk pop and full of catchy tunes. Song 3 "Dammit" will forever go down in history as possibly the best and catchiest Blink song ever. While you may have loved blink before they made it, no one can deny that a quality studio, custom guitars, and amazing drummer sexed up the band quite a bit. It doesn't have the flare of enema of the state but something blink fans should have nonetheless.

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