• Blink-182 - Dogs Eating Dogs (2012) (6,5/10)

    Genre: Punk / Party Rock
    Label: Self-production
    Playing time: 19:00
    Band homepage: -

    Tracklist:

    1. When I Was Young
    2. Dogs Eating Dogs
    3. Disaster
    4. Boxing Day
    5. Pretty Little Girl

     

    Blink-182 - Dogs Eating Dogs

      

    One year after their solid but not outstanding comeback record “Neighborhoods”, the American Pop Punk legends BLINK-182 offer their fans a small Christmas gift in form of the EP “Dogs Eating Dogs” that includes five brand new tracks. Beyong the simple but very stylish artwork, the band offers five rather soft and mellow tracks that could have also come from the members side projects such as ANGELS & AIRWAVES.

    The opening track “When I Was Young” has some well done COLDPLAY harmonies in the beginning and also offers some harmonic keyboard sounds. The sound effects are also intriguing and the way the drums kick in is also very promising. Sadly, once the song truly kicks off, it turns out to be an innocent Pop Punk track similar to many tracks the band has offered before in its career.

    “Dogs Eating Dogs” is another typical BLINK-182 track. It offers a solid performance by the two vocalists Mark Hoppus and Tom DeLonge while I prefer as usually the first one with his more distinctive and less whiny vocals. The chrous is simple but efficient and offers a vivid and rhythm orientated drumming that is very well performed by Travis Barker who’s without a doubt one of the best drummers of the genre.

    “Disaster” is not that much of a disaster. It has a Pop vibe of the eighties and a few well done sound effects. It reminds me a little bit of the band’s success “Down” from their eponymous release that has come out ten years ago and that is still the best album of the band to me. This song here can’t beat the original and its outro is overlong and boring.

    The next track is “Boxing Day” which is the song that I dislike the most on this EP. It’s one of those Pop Punk ballads with acoustic guitars which is a style I really can’t stand. The band has offered so many great ballads in form of “I’m With You” for example but this one is just ordinary and could also come from RISE AGAINST, SMASH MOUTH and similar bands.

    The closing “Pretty Little Girl” is way better. It has once again some Pop and even New Wave vibes inspired by the music of the eighties. The track reminds me of a mixture of “Always” and “Down” and this release seems in general be inspired by the eponymous record and the last full length release. The song includes a short passage by rapper YELAWOLF. While many fans dislike the part that is a little bit out of rhythm, I like this little surprise because it sounds a little bit unconventional and courageous and makes this song one of the better ones on this release.

    In the end, this EP is definitely for fans only. Those who liked the last two releases of the band and who don’t mind the side project ANGELS & AIRWAVES should give this release a few spins. Those who expect the band to return to their roots might be quite disappointed. Those who expect something similar or better than the last studio record might realize that these five songs aren’t bad at all but rather filler material. The decision to put this kind of music on a small EP instead of a whole record was a clever idea so that you can just take it or leave it. Personally, I would rather wait for the band’s next studio record or listen to their last two full length albums.  

    (Online January 28, 2013)

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