In an interview from earlier this year, Mark Hoppus described NINE as a dark, experimental pop punk record, saying, “If you liken California to Enema of the State, then this album is more like the untitled record where we are trying to experiment more: trying to experiment more, trying different sounds, and trying to expand upon what people think Blink-182 is.”
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Ever since Tom DeLonge quit the band, Alkaline Trio’s Matt Skiba has replaced him as the band’s lead guitarist and singer. On Nine, Skiba gets to hold the reigns a little tighter than before, both in terms of songwriting and as a lead vocalist. Maybe that’s why it’s a darker record.
The past five months have been sprinkled with singles from the album, including “Blame It on My Youth”, “Generational Divide”, “Happy Days”, and “Darkside”. They showed Blink-182 going in a radio-friendly guitar pop direction, but the rest of the album still shows they’ve got some moody material and heavy riffs left in them. Give it a listen below.
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01. The First Time
02. Happy Days
05. Blame It On My Youth
06. Generational Divide
07. Run Away
08. Black Rain
09. I Really Wish I Hated You
10. Pin the Grenade
11. No Heart To Speak Of
13. On Some Emo Shit
14. Hungover You
15. Remember To Forget Me
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