|A3||I Miss You||3:47|
|B3||The Fallen Interlude||2:12|
|C3||All Of This||4:40|
|D1||Here's Your Letter||2:54|
|D2||I'm Lost Without You||6:21|
Audiophile 180 gram black virgin vinyl, pressed at RTI Mastered for vinyl and lacquers created by Kevin Gray, Cohearent Audio Expanded artwork throughout a 12 Page Booklet Thick 24 pt Gatefold jackets with Matte Finish and spot UV Center labels unique to this pressing
Supplied in open plastic sleeve with SRC sticker. Numbering is on silver SRC hand numbered sticker
There comes a time in every punk's life where he or she has to grow up, or at least acknowledge that maturity is just around the corner. Blink-182 put it off for as long as they could, but ten years into their career and two albums after their big breakthrough, 1999's Enema of the State, they decided to make a stab at being grown-ups for their eponymous sixth studio album. As with many self-titled albums, the trio uses this as an attempt to redefine itself, and they have considerably expanded both their sonic template and lyrical outlook on Blink-182. They're still rooted in punk-pop, but even songs that stretch no further than that sound are a little darker, a little restless, reflecting the overall mood of the record. In shorthand, this is the record where Blink-182 delve into post-punk, opting for some appealingly sullen moodiness, off-kilter hooks, lots of sonic textures and even a duet with Robert Smith of The Cure. Since the trio is an inherently catchy group, this is a far cry from neo-post-punk groups like Interpol or even the dynamically hooky Hot Hot Heat, but there is a greater variety of sounds on Blink-182 than on any of the trio's other albums, and the songwriting is similarly adventurous, alternating punchy, impassioned punk-pop with weirder, atmospheric pieces like "Down" and "I'm Lost Without You." If nothing on the album has the immediate impact of "All the Small Things" though the opener, "Feeling This," comes close and if on the whole, Blink-182 isn't as bracing or visceral as Dude Ranch or Enema so be it. There's more to explore on this album than any of their other records. It's an unexpected and welcome maturation from a band that just an album ago seemed permanently stuck in juvenilia.