Blink-182 returns moodier than ever


Daniel Rojas

Blink-182’s ninth album, “NINE,” released on Sept 20. The album is composed of fifteen tracks that talk about dealing with depression and other hardships life may throw at you.

Rachel Laposka, Staff Writer

Blink-182 has been around since 1992 and has been a major influence in the evolution of pop-punk music. The band has become almost infamous due to their use of heavy drums and extreme guitar riffs combined with the classic nasally vocals on their earlier albums like their self-titled album from 2003.

Hoppus fell into a depression and could not seem to find his love for music — this album rekindled that love.”

— Staff Writer Rachel Laposka

With their most recent album “NINE”, however, the sound takes a more contemporary-rock route. Coming back strong from a mini-hiatus, the band’s ninth album has reached number one on the Billboard US Top Rock album chart.

As far as the name of the album goes, it is actually kind of clever. Not only is it to represent the band’s ninth full-length studio album, but nine is also the universal number of love. Love is something that was definitely in mind while writing this album, especially for singer and bassist Mark Hoppus. During the band’s hiatus, Hoppus fell into a depression and could not seem to find his love for music — this album rekindled that love.

Just like classic Blink-182, the instrumentals hype you up, but the dark lyrics bring you back down. After listening to the album a few times, I have discovered that there is not one song on this album that is entirely positive. Every song is about how life sucks and people suck, which is on-brand for Blink-182. 

Aside from the fact that every song has negative connotations, I actually really enjoy the album. The songs themselves are catchy and there is a wide variety of instrumental techniques used. There is, of course, the classic hard rock sound, but some songs like “No Heart To Speak Of” and “I Really Wish I Hated You” have a cross between hip-hop and electronic undertones. 

The most memorable songs on the album for me are  “Happy Days,” “Black Rain,” and “Pin the Grenade.” 

“Happy Days” is a song about leaving all of your frustrations behind and focusing on yourself and what makes you happy. It is about making the most of your situation, no matter how bad it seems.

[I]t is safe to say Blink-182 will continue to be a fan favorite.”

— Staff Writer Rachel Laposka

After taking into consideration what Hoppus had gone through during the hiatus, the message the song sends out is a lot more powerful. The lyrics explain what it is like when nothing feels like it is enough and that no matter what, you can turn a bad week, month, or even year around with just a few happy days.

“Black Rain” stood out to me because of the organ piano at the beginning of the song. It is melodic and sweet-sounding but does a complete 180 when the drums kick in with a subtle guitar riff. The drums are used to build suspense leading up to the chorus, which just flows together so well.

This is my favorite song on the album, no doubt. Mainly because of the instrumentals and the sudden rhythm changes that sent chills down my spine. 

“Pin the Grenade” is just overall a fun song. Sure, the lyrics explain what it is like to love someone that does not return the feelings, but the upbeat instrumentals and catchy bassline almost distract from it. 

While it is not my favorite song on “NINE,” it is a close second. The chorus is what makes me love the song so much, the lyrics flow well with the beat of the song and it is catchy in all the best ways. 

Blink-182 has always challenged the overall standard of pop-punk music by adding their own twist on it. In this case, the band adds electronic samples and hip-hop-esque instrumentals that make me think it is safe to say Blink-182 will continue to be a fan favorite.

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