Enema of the State review by Blink-182

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  • Released: Sep 27, 1999
  • Sound: 7
  • Lyrics: 8
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 7.7 Good
  • Users' score: 8.9 (180 votes)
Blink-182: Enema of the State
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Sound — 7
Blink-182 is selfish. They make music that they enjoy and that is certainly to be appricated when you listen to them ("Family Reunion" is a clear indicator of that). Fine, so they are no Rush. There. I said it. However, that being said, they are able to create an atmosphere be fitting of their attitude (off beat and sharp tongued) with out having such technical prowess. In that same vien, it is arguable that most tracks on the record are simply two-minute, three-chord pop-punk songs. I won't debate that with you. But, then again, it's Blink-182. Were you really expecting a 20 minute epic?

Lyrics — 8
"Enema" is one of those records that you can merely look at its title and instantly know what it has in store. The lyrics of Blink-182 have never really been high concept (unless you consider South Park high concept) but they can always leave you with an amused, if not slightly disturbed, grin on your face. The vocals of bassist Mark Hoppus and guitarist Tom Deloung are alternated throughout the album (sometimes mid-song), with neither ever really singing spectacularlly but always addiquitly.

Overall Impression — 8
"Enema", marking in at only a little over half an hour, is an enjoyable, but fast, ride. There is some filler but even that seems to fit the theme of the rest of the record to give it its over-all youthful feeling. This is illustrated, however, not only by its caffinated energy but also the stand-out slow track "Adam's Song", which deals with depression and suicide. "Enema" is not likely to have a lasting impact on the listener, but it does have a wonderfully juvinille spirit that feels like reliving one's teenage years (only with more wit and slightly less profanity).

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