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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.


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.


There is sexual innuendo, nothing explicit.


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

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.

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 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?


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

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

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Adult Written byForknose April 9, 2008

The Most Nifty Appearance of blink-182 since they were a minor label band.

Well this album was very good. The musicians have become much more talented then last time. My favorite songs are Easy Target, Go, and Stockholm Syndrome. Those songs showed the maturity of the band in the plus side. The down side was no crude humour to laugh to. The other downer was that Tom Delonge sang way too much (he isn't as good of a singer as Mark Hoppus is). They swore only 5 times though, so that was pretty good. Overall though, this is their best CD since Buddha.
Parent of a 8 year old Written byDesperate Dude February 12, 2011
They sneek the F word in occassionally - so if you have this on your I tunes library then anyone who connect up is exposed.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Adult Written byPink Floyd33 April 9, 2008

I liked this album alot

i got this album and my son loved it too who cares if it cusses like once or twice its great


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