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Album Review

If anyone ever got the feeling that, in spite of its success, blink-182 has strayed much farther from its roots than the band ever expected possible (and possibly ever wanted), one listen to the eponymous disc from the side project of members Travis Barker and Thomas DeLonge would provide even more evidence. Box Car Racer removes the tongue-in-butt-cheek juvenility of the multi-platinum pop stars, and what remains could fit in perfectly alongside any of the emo output on indie labels such as Jade Tree. While blink-182 is known for providing poppy punk, this is as different as Bad Religion is to the band, just in the opposite direction, but the main divergence is lyrics that are retrospective and thoughtful — witness "Watch the World," which could fit on a Dashboard Confessional record, with a libretto that boarders on poetry. This is a far cry from the party-boy ethos DeLonge is best known for, and he wears the emotional depth well, with songs that are just as hooky as from his bread-winning main squeeze. ~ Brian O'Neill, Rovi

Customer Reviews

two thumbs up

This is a wicked album! It's better than all the mainstream junk. It's not what you'd hear everyday and its just good ol fun music that you can listen to with your friends... It's awesome! <3

best album ever

Blink 182 made a side band called box car racer. It contains Tom's awesome blink's self tiltled sound with meaning in his lyric's like angels and airwaves songs. Overall an awesome album, my favorites are the end with you, elevator, All Systems Go and tiny voices. Tom Delonge: Vocals, Rythem Guitar Travis Barker: Drums David Kennedy: Lead Guitar Anthony Celestino: Bass Guitar This album is a must buy. This is better than 90% of blink 182. Mark Hoppus does guest vocals on elevator. This album is worth every cent.

Exceptional album and songwriting!

Anyone who is looking for a departure from Tom Delonge's crude humor in Blink 182 will absolutely love the songwriting and melodic rhythms of Boxcar Racer. The album has a darker, more mature feel that is clearly evident in the distorted guitar riffs and off-beat drumming. The lyrics are more thought-out and the structure of the songs are simply addictive to hear. Moving songs such as 'I Feel So', 'Letters To God', and 'There Is' are definitely some of the most musically-creative songs I've heard. Five stars for this exceptionally moving and dark side-project!

Biography

Formed: 2002 in San Diego, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

Serving as a side project for Blink 182 members Travis Barker and Thomas DeLonge, Boxcar Racer is a return to a more traditional punk sound. Adding guitarist David Kennedy and bassist Anthony Celestino, the group came together between Blink 182 sessions and recorded their eponymous album in the winter of 2001/2002. Cutting much of the pop from their usual sound and showing diverse influences...
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