I'm an old school pop punk fan and cum buckets if i put even one finger on my copy of Dude Ranch. But, I quickly found myself loving this record. It's like going to a buffet but instead of food its all the different "colours" of the Blink spectrum. I almost wanna say that it's +/- on par with untitled but this record (imo!) lacks the consistency and flow of the last one. but oh well, i've only had it a day and i think i'll like it more and more as time goes on.
1- GOTDF: Awesome. now THIS is how you kick off a new record. Mark's layered harmonies in the verses made me get a boner that lasted well over 4 hours but my dr.'s office was closed so i just let it go. My only complaint is that the bridge sounds a lil bit..."unfinished" almost like they meant to record another guitar or synth track like the intro to...
2- Natives: GOTDF made me hard and this song was like a friggin' musical fluffer. This is one of the songs that sounds like it coulda been on the tail end of the last record. Straightforward pop punk gold with catchy lyrics and melodies. I only wish Tom would sing over Mark's "go, go" part an octave higher to give the chorus more punch.
3- UAN: I really like this song too. it's like mixing BCR and Blink w/a lil bit of new school Blink progressiveness.
4- AM: I LOVE THIS SONG. This song gives me chills everytime i hear it. this albums answer to "I miss you".
5- SC: I'm not too crazy about the intro. It doesn't grab you by the balls like Obvious or Enthused, the drums should be "busier" and have a steadier beat. But when the guitar riff kicks in then this song begins to really take flight. Listen closely and you'll hear Tom bend the strings, an EXTREMELY rare occurrence in a Blink song. The "ahhh ahhh" part is great and kinda gave me AM-esque chills when i first heard it. The outro's pretty sweet. its really out there and takes the song to a different place.
6/7: holy shit that interlude is SICK!! it sets up the rest of the song perfectly. when the guitar kicks in @ the end its like a punch in the gut, you almost don't expect it but it's awesome. and rest of HAG is a friggin' masterpiece. dude ranch, +44 and bad religion all rolled into one.
8- Wishing Well- WOW!! I remember the opening riff from that modlife video and im really happy in ended up being used for a Blink song. This, imo is another one of the "throwback"-ish tunes and wouldnt sound outta place on Untitled. I'm really digging the chorus and the "da da's" are catchy.
9- kaleidoscope- another highlight. The verses and chorus don't really go well together, they almost sound like 2 different songs but then i went back and listened to it again and i'm starting to "get" what they did. I love the drop D bit in the bridge but I was REALLY HOPING for a heavy octave lead part like they do in the pre chorus or the bridge in Love is Dangerous
10/12/13- I'm not sure about these ones yet, i think they'll grow on me in due time. This is Home is probably the best out of these "growers" but it's just a bit too "skinny" (for lack of better word). It needs more guitars, more "meat". Love is Dangerous is IMO the most AVA sounding track. It's not a BAD song but it sounds a bit rushed and a bit "filler"-ish. The bridge though is really cool. The guitars just need to be louder and more distorted like they are in ATST. Fighting the Gravity is a pretty weird song. it'd be better if it was shorter, it doesn't have enough substance to last the better part of 4 mins.
11- MH 04 18 2011- i love this song! a straightforward pop punk number that echoes the classic Blink sound the most (on this record). i love the chorus. I just wish Tom had contributed more...uh by "more" i of course mean ANYTHING to the song lol.
14- Even if She Falls- another friggin' awesome standout track and the perfect companion to songs like Natives, MH and Wishing Well.