Blink-182

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A good, honest blend of rock and punk.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The only people these guys put down are themselves.

Violence

There's violence in the title song of one cut, but there's nothing really graphic. The song "Go" seems to be a teen's reaction to a man's abuse of his mother--understated and powerful.

Sex

There is sexual innuendo, nothing explicit.

Language

Frequently used 4-letter words are skillfully omitted on the edited CD.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

A few references to drinking.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this gutsy album will resonate with teenage boys -- whether or not their parents like it. There is talk of sex, swear words, and drinking, but nothing too explicit.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

The "clean" version of the BLINK-182 album is skillfully produced -- more so than many edited CDs. Leaving the emotional wallop of the lyrics while eliminating only the four-letter words, this version doesn't leave the impression that there are holes in the songs. It's satisfying and substantial. It's also emotionally honest, so some content may disturb parents of teenagers. The sentiment offered in "Feeling This" ("I wanna take off her clothes...show me the way to the bed...we're taking this way too slow") is nothing more nor less than the way teen boys really do feel. The imagery of "this sick strange darkness comes creeping on so haunting every time and as I stared I counted webs from all the spiders catching things and eating their insides" comes off as an irresistible blend of dark angst-filled poetry and dead-frog-in-your-pocket ickiness.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

The performances by Blink-182 plus the production are terrific throughout, with a more polished, professional sound than on previous Blink-182 CDs. Parents may want to talk to their kids about some of the lyrics, but the bottom line is that this imaginative, energetic, and honest album is well worth the trouble.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about some of the themes on this album, such as having sex or an abusive relationship.

Music details

Artist:Blink-182
Release date:November 18, 2003
Label:Geffen Records
Genre:Punk Rock
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:Yes

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Kid, 11 years old March 1, 2009
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Ahahaha.

Common Sense, you never cease to amuse me. First, Poltergeist as 12 and up. Then, the Jonas Brothers as recommended music for 9-11 year olds. Now, Blink-182 as 14 and up? I'm 11, and this is one of my favorite albums. Yes, I get the *ahem* subliminal messages. Yes, I don't really have a problem with the swear words. Enema of the State is worse for young kids than this. Go review THAT.
Teen, 13 years old Written byResidentEvilPotter January 7, 2012
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12
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I Miss You!

I absolutely love I Miss You on this album. Amazing band, amazing songs. Huge fan, a must buy!
Parent of a 12 year old Written by301TheAmazingSo... March 22, 2011
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A pretty good album.

First of all, I love Blink-182. I purchased their first album Cheshire Cat when it came out in 1994. I also loved Dude Ranch. On Enema Of The State, they went a more pop-punk sound, but it was still very good. Take Off Your Pants And Jacket was their best album, other then Dude Ranch. However, this album is very different from the other ones. On the first four albums, "Adam's Song" and "Stay Together For The Kids" were the most emotional songs. Other then that, it was mostly joking around. But here, most of the songs are mature. It's a change in style, but it's still a good album. Great for kids who like alternative rock/pop-punk.

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