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CD Reviews:  Blink 182: Take Off Your Pants and Jacket

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Take Off Your Pants and Jacket is Blink 182's fifth album, and this record, like the four prior, looks, smells and plays different, but still holds true to their respected sound. After being highly criticized for their more pop-oriented 1999 release, Enema of the State, Blink's new album comes in to save the day, with harder guitar-drum rhythms and more explicit lyrics. Coming to respect this trio as a cartoon-like band, listeners will have to take the lyrics with a grain of salt, which habitually make fun of the girls they can't have and their past boyhood problems.

The album opens with a nostalgic look back to Enema of the State with "Anthem Part Two," a familiar conclusion to the prior album's "Anthem." "Story of a Lonely Guy" and "Stay Together For the Kids" are rock ballads reminiscent of "Adam's Song," both showing the more emotional side of the group, with sweet harmonies and their trademark lyrics. "Rock Show," the first single to hit MTV, carries the pop sound that elevated "All the Small Things" to the top on the past album, but is still one of the better tracks on the disc.

With its fresh sound, Take Off Your Pants and Jacket is another huge step toward Blink's future success. This album equally distributes both guitarist Tom DeLonge's vocals and bassist Mark Hoppus throughout all the tracks, giving it a very balanced feel. Overall, Take Off Your Pants and Jacket proves that Blink still has what it takes. It is a great album and highly recommended for any audience.

~Jason Zingale

Other Blink 182 reviews:
Enema of the State (1999)
Dude Ranch (1997) : Feedback - Link to Us  - About B-E - FAQ - Advertise with Us

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