A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that "clean" versions of Blink-182 albums are surprisingly well-produced and skillfully edited, and a viable option for families uncomfortable with occasionally explicit lyrics.
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What's the story?
Although they've sold over 16 million records, it's hard to believe it's already time for a BLINK-182 GREATEST HITS CD, but here it is -- an appealing collection of songs from the punk-pop trio's five earlier releases that nicely covers the band's nearly 10-year history. Breaking no new ground, the album offers a predictable selection of 17 hits performed with Blink-182's usual teen-angst honesty over sugary musical hooks. Although a British version of this CD offers two new tracks, the USA release does not. This is a fine sampler for new fans, and will be a must-have for die-hard obsessives.
Is it any good?
Content will be no surprise for anyone familiar with the group; a sprinkling of expletives and some sexual innuendo, along with a couple of drug and drinking references, tinged with a familiarly teenaged aura of depression. Milder than most explicit CDs, some of the content may still be disturbing to some families, but Blink-182 offers the rare bonus of clean versions that are edited skillfully enough to actually be listenable.