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Blink-182: Greatest Hits

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Album Review

First rule of greatest-hits albums: start things off with a bang, not a song that takes about a minute to get off the ground, and about 80 seconds before the vocals kick in. "Carousel" may be a chronologically accurate way to begin blink-182's Greatest Hits, yet it gets things off to a slow start — but then again, blink-182 hardly sped out of the gate themselves. It took them a long time to get up to speed — it wasn't until their third album, 1997's Dude Ranch, that they developed a flair for sugary pop hooks, as evidenced by that album's "Dammit," not just their first big hit, but their first memorable song. It was enough to buy them a ticket to the big leagues and their next album, 1999's Enema of the State, turned into a blockbuster, thanks to the crossover Top Ten hit "All the Small Things," an incessantly catchy, irresistible slice of bubblegum-pop that sounded at ease sandwiched between *NSYNC and Britney Spears on Y2K radio. This, as Greatest Hits proves, was both blink-182's blessing and curse: they had the ability to turn out some great pop singles, but when they missed the mark, they sounded lightweight and disposable. This wasn't just true of their defiantly stupid party songs, of which there were many; even such brooding, angst-ridden teenage melodramas as "Adam's Song" seem a little lightweight and transient. Of course, the band was helped neither by its crystal-clear, super-slick production — which was the antithesis of punk — or by the thin, whiny edge of vocalists Mark Hoppus and Tom Delonge — which tended to make even serious themes seem like frivolous adolescent concerns. Over the long run, these two factors tend to undercut whatever snotty charms blink-182 may have had, particularly because their writing tended to be hit or miss, to the extent that even this Greatest Hits is uneven. It may have all their best songs — "Dammit" and "All the Small Things" in particular, plus "Josie," "What's My Age Again?," "The Rock Show," and "Stay Together for the Kids" — but at 17 songs, including the previously unreleased "Not Now" and a cover of the Only Ones' "Another Girl Another Planet" taken from the MTV reality series starring drummer Travis Barker and his Playmate wife, this runs a little long. It may have all their charting singles, but its generous length tends to highlight blink-182's weaknesses instead of their strengths. That said, the group did set the standard for pop-punk's commercialization at the turn of the millennium, and not only were they better than the sound-alikes that followed, they did have some good tunes, all of which are best heard on this intermittently entertaining collection.

Customer Reviews

BEST BAND OF ALL TIME!!!!!

thank god these guys are back they are my all time favorite band i cant wait till the summer thank god!

The Greatest Album Ever Made... blink-182 are back! (why is the genre pop?)

If you have even a little interest in blink-182, this album is perfect. It covers everyone of their releases, taking the best hits from their full career. These are the songs that gave them their popularity and you will enjoy listening to every one of them, namely (if you don't want the whole thing): All the Small Things I Miss You Feeling This What's My Age Again? First Date Adam's Song Dammit The Rock Show This album is great, and you'll listen to it over and over again. BUY IT! And if you like it, get their other albums too. Final word: stop crying about them breaking up... because they're back! January 2009, "We're back. We mean, really back." New album and tour... summer '09.

Not the "Greatest" from blink

I am a die hard blink fan. I've been one for over 10 years. I've heard it all from Mark, Tom, and Travis (and Scott). These are all good songs but more of a list of their singles than their "greatest" work I believe. It's more appealing to the mainstream than the true blink fans. Some pretty good songs that should've been considered: "Pathetic", "Untitled", "Dumpweed", "Mutt", "Going Away to College", "Anthem Part Two", "Reckless Abandon". Just throwing a few out there. Blink is pretty amazing and there was probably just no way they could throw all the greats on one CD.

Biography

Formed: 1993 in Poway, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

The new-school punk trio blink-182 were formed in the suburbs of San Diego, California around guitarist/vocalist Tom DeLonge, bassist/vocalist Mark Hoppus, and drummer Scott Raynor. Originally known as simply Blink, the band debuted in 1993 with a self-released EP, Fly Swatter. After releasing the album Buddha in 1994, the trio signed to Grilled Cheese/Cargo and released Cheshire Cat the following year. The threat of a lawsuit from a similarly named Irish band forced them to change their name to...
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