California

Blink-182 - California
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Based on 12 reviews
2016 Ratings: #722 / 763
User Score
Based on 144 ratings
2016 Ratings: #667
July 1, 2016 / Release Date
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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.
MinatoArisato
5
Old men making pop-punk for teens. Oh god... In all seriousness, I miss Tom man.

Best Track: Bored to Death
Worst Track: Built This Pool
notbuzzzila
55
AVERAGE

Brohemian Rhapsody is the prequel to Bohemian Trapsody

I understand why some might hate California. I was one of those people when it first released. But looking back...well, it's not the band's WORST album, and it could have been much worse. Skiba is a super talented dude and brought a lot of new ideas to the table here. I just don't think the band were as much of a well-oiled machine on this album as they were in the past, and the album suffered as a result. It's also got a decent ... read more
EMR
9
Now with auto-tune all over, the party is complete.
_zeltrxn17
15
this is bad even by their standards
Songsearcher1
50
You know what? People need to stop hating on Matt Skiba. Sure, his first album with the band was well... you’ll see, but he’s got some great potential in the band, especially if they decide to return to the themes and sound of their self-titled. With that out of the way, yeah, this isn’t an album that you’ll ever need or even want to hear. It’s got a few pretty great pop-punk moments of joy, found mostly in the first few tracks, but it’s got a whole lot of ... read more
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END OF YEAR LISTS

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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
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