Dude Ranch review by Blink-182

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  • Released: Jun 17, 1997
  • Sound: 8
  • Lyrics: 7
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 7.7 Good
  • Users' score: 9.2 (75 votes)
Blink-182: Dude Ranch
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Sound — 8
As Blink 182's first album on a major label, the sound is not bad. The album includes one of the catchiest riffs ever in "Dammit" and also a great instrumental solo in "Enthused." Guitarist Tom Delonge uses both a Fender Strat and a Gibson guitar in this albumn while Bassist Mark Hoppus sticks with the Fender P-Bass. This albums seems rawer then later Blink albums, and this may be due to the small amount of time spent in the studio. Overall, there are too many power chords used, but the band manages to mix them into catchy riffs.

Lyrics — 7
The lyrics in the albums should be considered immature, but so should all of the other Blink albums. You could also say that Blink 182 just love to joke around, and I tend to agree as many of there lyrical subject are comical. This is shown when the Mark sings about his love of Princess Leia, and how me missed her beacuse he was at the Mos Eisley Cantina. As in other albums, Blink 182 sing about their life experiences in songs such as "Apple Shampoo" and "Untitled." Overall, the lyrics are comical, but something that many can realte to.

Overall Impression — 8
As noted above, this album is rawer than other albums. It lacks the studio finish of future Blink albums. The most impressive songs would have to be the catchy "Dammit" and the description of an ideal girlfriend in "Josie." I love the raw, punk elements of the albums that later Blink albums lack, but I hate endless immaturity that the album posseses. This albums would be worth buying again, as it is a great listen.

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    gibsonbrothers
    blinkoneeighty2 wrote: i disagree with "skippy_mongoose" completely 1st of all....travis barker sucks. ya he may be good but a totally punk band with a drummer who appears in rap videos and talks about nothing but his beloved caddies does not mix, i dont see how they are good friends.Scott "mad dog" Raynor might not have been the greatest drummer of all but he was so much cooler. 2nd- AVA rocks i saw them live in phily and the show was amasing. ya +44 should be good too, but AVA i think is better. anyway, this album is their best, then i think flyswatter is good too. LONG LIVE MARK,TOM, AND SCOTT!!!!!
    but travis is a great drummer(better drummer), no arguing about it
    blinkoneeighty2
    true, ya i am not saing hes sucks at drumming(accually i think hes 1 of the best) im just sayin he dont fit in.
    Co&Ca182
    travis is to yo yo yo gangsta...scott was just a true blinker and fit in with mark and tom. and travis is better SKILL wise but scott is just uniqe and is just awsome...
    sprkidjar
    blinkoneeighty2 wrote: i disagree with "skippy_mongoose" completely 1st of all....travis barker sucks. ya he may be good but a totally punk band with a drummer who appears in rap videos and talks about nothing but his beloved caddies does not mix, i dont see how they are good friends.Scott "mad dog" Raynor might not have been the greatest drummer of all but he was so much cooler. 2nd- AVA rocks i saw them live in phily and the show was amasing. ya +44 should be good too, but AVA i think is better. anyway, this album is their best, then i think flyswatter is good too. LONG LIVE MARK,TOM, AND SCOTT!!!!!
    first of all travis is cooler than scott, and he's better than scott, and why is it hard to believe that they were good friends? why, just cuz travis is in rap videos and blink 182 is a poppunk band? that doesnt make any sense