AOTY 2017
California
Blink-182 - California
Critic Score
Based on 11 reviews
2016 Ratings: #699 / 721
User Score
Based on 92 ratings
2016 Ratings: #494
Your Review

CRITIC REVIEWS

80
AllMusic
The guys have grown up and the results are as catchy and enjoyable as anything they ever did in their youthful heyday.
70
Drowned in Sound

California sounds like the work of a band filled with the joy of existence, giving in to every pop indulgence or production trick that could stuff in one more hook before the end.

70
Rolling Stone

At its best, California shows Blink trying new ways to freshen up yesterday's racket.

60
NME
‘California’ is too long, but has the humour, pace, emotion and huge choruses of a classic Blink record. Mission accomplished.
60
Exclaim!

California plays out less like an album and more like a collection of songs; uneven and disjointed, it's hard to take in as one larger whole.

60
Spin
Ultimately, fortysomething Blink may be cursed by their early success and their genre of choice: For pop-punk bands, life is just too short to last long.
55
Pitchfork

If the entire album was stuffed similarly, with sneeze-length quips and short stabs of power chords, California would seem no less anomalous for what it’s trying to be: the pop-punk eminence album, evidence humbly submitted that an aging pack of skater brats hasn’t jumped off the hedonic treadmill just yet and is still young, selectively dumb, and full of commiserating angst.

50
Consequence of Sound
All 16 songs tally up to an experience that isn’t a comeback but isn’t the disaster people predicted.
43
A.V. Club

California is the sound of Blink-182 desperately trying to remain relevant by outsourcing its creativity.

40
The Guardian
There are a few spirited attempts to summon the adolescent irreverence of old, but generally this is a tired – and tiring – work.
40
FasterLouder
The band now primarily sounds like nothing. Not even Blink-182 knows how to make a Blink-182 record anymore.
Aug 17, 2016
EMR
9
Now with auto-tune all over, the party is complete.
Jul 5, 2016
89
Who knew that Tom leaving would cause such a change of sound. Blink 182 has broken the angels and airwaves 2.0 and started to write Blink songs. We I would love to welcome Matt Skiba to Blink 182 to stay!!!
Oct 24, 2017
69
▲ Cynical, Bored To Death, No Future, Home Is Such A Lonely Place, California

▼ Kings Of The Weekend, The Only Thing That Matters
Aug 10, 2017
VinylHound83
81
Cynical - 9/10
Bored to Death - 10/10
She's out of Her Mind - 9/10
Los Angeles - 7/10
Sober - 8/10
Built This Pool - NOT RATED INTERLUDE
No Future - 8/10
Home Is Such a Lonely Place - 10/10
Kings of the Weekend - 8/10
Teenage Satellites - 8/10
Left Alone - 8/10
Rabbit Hole - 10/10
San Diego - 5/10
The Only Thing That Matters - 6/10
California - 7/10
Brohemian Rhapsody - NOT RATED OUTRO

OVERALL RATING: 113 out of 140 = 81%

OVERALL OPINION: I think it was a solid comeback from a partial ... read more
Nov 6, 2016
80
It's not old blink-182 by any means, but it's not bad at all. California may not be the best blink has ever produced, and obviously the addition of Matt Skiba altered their sound a bit, but it's still a decent record. California is a nice return to a younger blink's sound with a twist. I don't see how this is one of the worst albums of 2016 when atrocities such as Simple Plan's "Taking One For The Team" aren't.
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Track List
  1. Cynical
  2. Bored to Death
  3. She's out of Her Mind
  4. Los Angeles
  5. Sober
  6. Built This Pool
  7. No Future
  8. Home Is Such a Lonely Place
  9. Kings of the Weekend
  10. Teenage Satellites
  11. Left Alone
  12. Rabbit Hole
  13. San Diego
  14. The Only Thing That Matters
  15. California
  16. Brohemian Rhapsody
Contributions By
patton, thisisabtlgrnd, ScHooly


Added on: April 28, 2016