First Listens: Blink-182's Neighborhoods

Any energy-based band returning to the fray after eight years — especially one whose calling card was its immaturity — will be a nervous prospect. Yet here is Blink-182, out today with Neighborhoods. Let's see how it goes.

Stream the album on Blink-182's website here.

Ghost on the Dance Floor

Synth strings. That's all I'm scared of? They're layered over a familiar guitar and drum blatter and thank god Tom DeLonge still only knows how to sing one song. The catchy one. And his backup harmonies have improved. Travis Barker can be trusted to do what he wants in the background and make everything sound more important than it is. A strong start for a death song by a life band — it goes “I saw your ghost tonight/ It fucking hurt like hell.”

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