Sound — 7
Dude Ranch is typical Blink's sound of the time this CD was released, simple and catchy as hell. The riffs at the start of songs such as Dammit and Pathetic. Some of the songs from Dude Ranch also have what could be called a solo. Although simple and nothing compared to solos the great guitarists would produce, they are still great and just add to the catchy feel to the album and are guarenteed to stay in your head. Nearly all the songs from Dude Ranch are based around power-chords, giving the songs that typical puncy, "pop-punk" feel. The slow, palm muted chords at the start of Untitled burst into a fast, punky explosion, before returning to the slow chords, and back to the fast riff again, creating one of the best songs off the album. With very few of the songs exceeding 3 minutes, this is quite a short album, with most of its songs having a fast and exciting pace. Over all, I would say this album deserves an 8 for sound. However, there is annoying, yet quit funny, skits at the end of some songs. These are funny at first, but extreamly irratating after a few listens.
Lyrics — 10
This is where Blink 182 shine on all their albums, on this one inparticular. The lyrics on Dude Ranch show signs of Blink starting to mature although the immature, fun-loving side is still alive and kicking. most of the songs on Dude Ranch are about splitting up with girlfriends/partners. This is most clear on songs like Pathetic, Dammit, Untitled and I'm Sorry. Most of the songs take this "topic" from different angles or viewpoints. However, there is much more to this album (lyrically) than just break ups. There is songs about fantasizing over Princess Leia (New Hope), falling out with parents and being bored (Dick Lips), the joys of having a girlfriend (Josie), perving on your neighbour (Voyeur) and generally being a public nusance (Degenerate).
Overall Impression — 9
This is without a doubt my favourite Blink 182 album, and my second favourite album of all (just beaten by Rocket to russia by Ramones). This album shows a great band who were begining to find themselves musically and have reached a peak lyrically. Its highlights are definately Pathetic, Apple Shampoo and Dammit. Although earlier albums cheshire Cat and later albums Enema Of the State and Take Off your pants And Jacket are still brilliant in their own way, I personally prefer Dude Ranch because of its lyrical content. Being in a pop punk (not emo) band myself, I find this album some-what insperational. If only modern pop punk was this good.