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BAND/AUTHOR:

BLINK-182

(UNITED STATES)

TITLE:
NINE
RELEASE DATE:
2019
LABEL:
COLUMBIA
GENRE:
ROCK
""Nine" is a good collection of contemporary pop songs but, we can regret the somewhat serious and depressive spirit that now nimbs the band."
ADRIANSTORK - 20.11.2019 -
In 2015, Tom DeLonge, the eccentric singer of the band with a screaming voice, was expelled from the family cocoon after some differences of opinion. While Blink-182's future seemed to be darkening, the triangle was once again formed by acquiring the hypotenuse of the punk band Alkaline Trio. Against all odds,''California'' released in 2016 relaunched the neo-trio with titles as sensitive ('Home Is Such A Lonely Place') as they were sophisticated ('Los Angeles'). After having met the hungry expectations of the fans, can Blink-182 persevere when it comes to recording the soberly entitled ''Nine'' (8 studio albums + a demo)?

If  "California'' still had some strong punk references, this is no longer the case on "Nine" - the only exception being "Generational Divide", a song that castigates those who don't understand the band's evolution. Blink-182 new formula has decided to focus on its pop side with songs that look at Imagine Dragons or even Coldplay.

From the outset, the listener will not be totally in unknown territory, the drum strokes of 'The First Time' that inaugurate the album remind us of 'Feeling This'. While Matt Skiba was a little setback on the previous album, he now sings alongside Mark. One begins the song, the other continues on the choruses or another verse and vice versa. The balance of voices is good and reminds us of the complicity with Tom, without suffering any comparison, as Matt is comfortable in his role. The interpretation is generally very uniform, a falsely calm song degenerates into an aggressive explosion, which does not totally convince over time.

Mark suffered Tom's departure an the theme of the break-up is treated in all its aspects: break-up with the family ('Remember How To Forget'), with the past ('Blame It On My Youth'), with his partner ('Pin The Grenade','No Heart To Speak','I Really Wished I Hated You'). In the long run, these kind of lyrics is quite boring. Fortunately, some songs like "Happy Days" try to get out of the spleen, others like "Darkside" seem to go deep into Hell to find the Paradise. Only "Ransom", which reconnects with the group's potachio jokes, brings a slightly lighter note with its ballad in which the choruses explode in a punk fury. 

Blink-182 has lived but that's all. "Nine" is a good collection of contemporary pop songs. If this ninth album gives us the impression that Blink 182 has matured, we can regret the somewhat serious and depressive spirit that nimbs him, but above all the resignation of Californians to no longer want to sound like they once did. Mark needed to take down his inner demons, hopefully this album will be a springboard to a new Blink, more peaceful and more adventurous.

More informations on http://www.blink182.com/

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TRACK LISTING

01. The First Time
02. Happy Days
03. Heaven
04. Darkside
05. Blame It On My Youth
06. Generational Divide
07. Run Away
08. Black Rain
09. I Really Wish I Hated You
10. Pin the Grenade
11. No Heart To Speak Of
12. Ransom
13. On Some Emo Shit
14. Hungover You
15. Remember To Forget Me


LINEUP

Mark Hoppus: Chant / Basse
Matt Skiba: Chant / Guitares
Travis Barker: Batterie


TAGS:
Easy Listening / FM, Melancholic, Punk, Ballads, Deep voice
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