Blink-182 - Enema of the State (Cover Artwork)

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Blink-182: Enema of the State

Enema of the State (1999)

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3.5
Well, here at punknews.org, we've got two reviews of "Take Off Your Pants and Jacket," and a review for "Dude Ranch." What needs to be added? Not only "Cheshire Cat" and "Buddha," but the infamous "Enema of the State," which most "real" punks refer to as complete trash. I disagree. Yes, it is t...

Well, here at punknews.org, we've got two reviews of "Take Off Your Pants and Jacket," and a review for "Dude Ranch." What needs to be added? Not only "Cheshire Cat" and "Buddha," but the infamous "Enema of the State," which most "real" punks refer to as complete trash.

I disagree. Yes, it is the worst blink-182 album to date, but that doesn't mean it isn't pretty good.

The CD starts of great with "Dumpweed." I don't see how anyone can call this not punk. It's punk. Same goes for "Don't Leave Me," and "The Party Song" (if this song isn't punk, then I don't know what is).

There are also lots of fantastic songs which are better categorized as pop-punk: "Aliens Exist," "Going Away to College," "Dysentery Gary," "Mutt," and "Wendy Clear."

And what about those three songs most punks probably hate the most? Well, I find "What's My Age Again?", "All the Small Things," and "Adam's Song" to be the worst songs on the CD (they just happen to be the three radio singles, too), and the least punk of them all. "What's My Age Again?" should have been slightly faster, "All the Small Things" gets old quickly, and "Adam's Song" is boring (but the closest the band gets to emo as possible on this CD).

And of course, the usual immature lyrics are there, as well, with lyrics like "you're mom's a whore," and "those things on their chests," refering to the female anatomy.

So, even though "Enema of the State" is the worst of Blink-182's career, it's still a great album. But pick up "Take Off Your Pants and Jacket," "Cheshire Cat," or something else of theirs before this.