It took me a few days to have a full picture of the situation. One thing for sure is that I will always enjoy blink’s songs, even when they’re nothing special. They will always have that catchiness and, even if they don’t blow me away, they do enough to make me listen again though.
Overall I’m enjoying Cali deluxe more than the original one, I won’t waste my breath talking about what I don’t like about the production or the lyrics because it’s something that it has already been turned inside out.
Yes, it was a good thing to put these songs in a deluxe edition of the album because there is continuity with California but I’m pretty sure that these songs aren’t timeless. I will listen to them for the rest of the month, or even more, but, once the of novelty is gone, I don’t know if I’ll keep coming back to them the way I do with the rest of their discography.
But I don’t wanna think about how I’m going to feel next month, I just wanna enjoy the songs as much as I can now.
I like the somber tones and the partial experimentation; I still think that they should have kept Parking Lot and the joke song out of this album because they don't fit at all with the other songs, but some things are just unexcusable: I know, they are our favourite band but how come all the songs start with that same little riff? And why did they think it was right to make the intro to Don’t Mean Anything sound like Adam’s song? Couldn't they come up with anything different?
Having said that, I really love the acoustic version of BTD, Good Old days, Don’t Mean Anything, Long Lost Feeling and Misery’s bridge (even though 3 out of these 5 songs start in the same way and one is adam’s song). The other songs are just enjoyable for now.
We should take blink as they come right now because they’re way past their prime and I’m okay with that, but, on the other hand, it’s distressing because I know they can do better than that. I don’t really know what I’m expecting from blink but at least stronger choruses (because these ones are so predictable), more guitar work, I want Travis to lead the songs once again with his drums, i don’t want him to be left out. As for mark, cali has got his best bass lines since untitled, so I can’t complain, but i’d like more honesty in his lyrics. And I’d like to have the real Matt Skiba on board, not that creepy awkward puppet that stands in the corner now. I still can’t wait to see them this summer with him though, to see how he manages to pull it off.
The deluxe, with all its flaws, was a good step in the right direction (at least it's better than california even if it doesn't have bombs like BTD, Cynical and san Diego).. I just wish they took a year off before going back to the feldy factory, they would come back with better ideas, but who knows what's gonna happen next.