Dude Ranch, the second album from the infamous trio known as Blink 182, features the sound of punk music at its climax in 1997. Featuring Mark Hoppus (bass, vocals), Tom DeLonge (guitar, vocals) and Scott Raynor (drums), Blink 182 is the ideal punk band. From their goofy lyrics to their fast-paced rhythms, "Dude Ranch" catapulted Blink into a larger core audience, including myself. The first three tracks on this album lure you into the spirit of their music; most notably "Dammit," the first single off the album to hit radio waves successfully, has a simplistic four-chord guitar tune that keeps rocking throughout the entire two minutes, 45 seconds. The guitar-drum rhythms on the first seven tracks tend to sound continuously similar, but the eighth track, "Untitled," provides a well-needed, fresh beat that contains a smooth harmony within the song's verses, and from then on, the following songs on the album feature original rhythms that are both different and interesting.
Other recommended tracks include "Pathetic," "Josie," and the ode to Star Wars, "A New Hope." But who could hate a song about Princess Leia with lyrics like:
"I'd search the moons of Endor / I'd even walk naked through the deserts of
Tatooine…."? Overall, Dude Ranch is a rapid shot of pure enjoyment that will never leave a mosh pit dry.
Other Blink 182 reviews:
Take off your Pants and
Enema of the State (1999)