Blink-182

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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A good, honest blend of rock and punk.
Parents recommend

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 9 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

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
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A few references to drinking.

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
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... Continue reading
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.
Teen, 17 years old Written byitisme April 9, 2008

not bad

First of all, I have the edited copy of this CD, and their isn't really much that had to be edited, which is a good thing. What is edited isn't all th... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bydarkrose233 February 7, 2011

Great Band, Great CD

This band is amazing. They're one of my favorites, if not my absolute favorite. And this CD really shows how much they have matured from their previous alb... Continue reading

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?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

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

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