Sound — 8
Blink-182 have gone from snot nosed, bratty pop punks to a more mature sound over the course of the last 17 years, and with their seventh release "Neighborhoods" the boys pick up from where they left off before they split. "Neighborhoods" continues the progression of their sound which started with their self-titled release, ditching the toilet humour entirely. Layered with a more atmospheric sound, the record comes off more as a combination of +44 and AvA, which comes off surprisingly better than expected. It's the Blink-182 that fans know and love, with a little experimentation to spice up the sound here and there. Blink-182 isn't going to win over any new fans, but its a solidly produced album that shines. Oh, and Barker's drumming is fantastic as always.
Lyrics — 7
Following the trend they started with their self-titled release, the group focuses highly on darker themes. Death is a commonly discussed subject; which reflects the conflicts the group had post-break up, as well as near death experiences and the loss of family and friends. Hoppus sounds great, and balances out the more whiney sounding Tom, but together is where they truly shine. On songs like "Up All Night" and "After Midnight" the two trade off lines or verses, creating the best sound on the record. The record marks an even further departure from their roots, which honestly isn't a bad thing at all.
Overall Impression — 8
As previously mentioned, it is most easily compared to their self-titled release, and will likely not disappoint if you were a fan of that album. It's not their best record, but it is still a solid record and is worth a listen. Personal favorites on the album include "Natives", "Ghosts On The Dancefloor" and "After Midnight". "Hearts All Gone" harkens back to "Dude Ranch", which will please fans of their older work. If I lost this album, I would not buy it again because I am poor.