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"NINE" Blink-182

by Kelly Jones - 89.1 The Point
Tue, Oct 1st 2019 05:00 pm

“NINE” is Blink-182’s newest album. I did not realize the band still produces new music. Blink-182 took a hiatus in 2005 and started releasing albums again in 2011. This is its third album since returning and like a lot of the other pop/punk bands, its new music is very different than what it used to be. 

The first time you listen to the album you might have a hard time believing it is Blink-182, especially if you are a fan of its older songs. The band tried to fuse its orginal sound that made it famous in the 2000s with the modern pop style that many artists follow nowadays. 

That being said, it is not awful work, but it is not memorable. There are two songs in particular that if you blink you will miss them. 

“Generational Divide” is only 49 seconds long but is high in energy; it is an embodiment of punk. It acts as a reminder of the band’s past also while acting as a joke due to the repetitive lyric “is it better/are we better now.” It is as if the band is talking to it’s fanbase and asking if it made the music it used to, would the band “be good again.”

 It is a nostalgic blast to the early 2000s while also exploring how music evolves; if only it was more that 49 seconds long. 

Another short song is “Ransom.” It is  the only other track on the album that sounds similar to the pop/punk we all grew up on  twisted with some modern pop. It is a fun track, but is fairly short compared to the rest of the songs. Like most of the songs on this album, “Ransom” is about being in a relationship.

 Another highlight worth listening to is “Happy Days.” It is another song that tried to fuse new and old styles. Unfortunately, it just does not gel it as well as “Generational Divide” and “Ransom.” It is a fairly good song with a positive message about turning your life around and fighting your inner demons. 

Another good one is “Darkside” which is about sticking with someone no matter how bad they might be for you. Even though the theme is not the greatest, it is very catchy and the chorus is infectious. 

The last good song on the album is “Blame It On My Youth.” The track has a vibrant sound and high energy. The song is simply about having a tough childhood, explaning how the members of the band ended up the way they are.

As for the rest of the album, it’s not memorable. The sound is similar to what a lot of the old pop/punk bands like Green Day, Weezer, Sum 41 and Fall Out Boy have been putting out recently. The band, missing its original sound has become borderline generic compared to what the aforementioned bands have released recently. 

Overall, “NINE” is not too exciting, but the highlights, “Generational Divide,” “Ransom” and “Happy Days” are definitely worth at least a listen.

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