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  • Summary: This is the follow-up to 1999's 'Enema Of The State.' If you like them, then don't worry--they haven't grown up. If you don't like them, well... they haven't grown up.
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. They don't mess around much outside their tessitura - they like to keep everything light, fast and punchy.
  2. Somehow Blink 182 have captured the space created by Green Day.
  3. In toeing the fine line between clever and dumb, they've always worn their "I'm With Stupid" T-shirts with goofy pride. But don't cry for them, as this time they've polished their musical turd to a brilliant sheen.
  4. In fact, on the musical front blink-182 are more reminiscent of the Beach Boys than the Sex Pistols: a very, very fast and tasteless Beach Boys, admittedly, but those massed harmonies and that glossy production are the pop perfectionist's fantasy taken to its logical conclusion.
  5. Overflowing with sparkling riffs and rhythms punched up with the kind of self-deprecating, angst-lite lyrics the boys craft so well.
  6. Yet when they stop arsing around for the sake of it, Blink-182 write some very good pop songs. [Aug 2001, p.124]
  7. The sad fact is that Blink-182 are now indistinguishable from the increasingly tedious 'teenage dirtbag' genre they helped spawn.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 39
  2. Negative: 6 out of 39
  1. Nov 4, 2011
    10
    I love this album. It's blink-182 matured just enough to let in new fans whilst not disrespecting the old ones. Standouts include Story of a Lonely Guy and Stay Together For the Kids. Expand
  2. Nov 6, 2011
    10
    4 words....BEST BLINK-182 ALBUM EVER!!! The fact that people are hateing on this album because of its immaturity is stupid, Blink 182 once took pride in it's immature ways and that's what us kids love,that's what's sets blink-182 apart from others is that they are what they are and they can really relate to kids better, the fast passed sound, cultural references, and tounge in cheek jokes makes this a great album that is the teen culture. Expand
  3. Sep 7, 2012
    9
    Pop!! Hahaha, hilarious guys. This is definately their best album, I mean I thought that enema of th state was good but really 'poppy'. This album is about 15 times better. Expand
  4. Aug 21, 2012
    8
    Not so good as 'Enema Of The State' but this album also rocks! Not this stupid fast punk like in 'Cheshire Cat' - it's pop, punk and rock with awesome lyrics! They can be funny, they can make party and they can make sad songs with much meaning behind them. Some songs like "Roller Coaster", "Reckless Abandon" or "Give Me One Good Reason" could've been kicked off, but okay, that's how they made it and it got great! It makes fun too listen, also if it's a bit disappointing if you expected something as good as Enema. Expand
  5. j30
    Sep 28, 2011
    7
    A nice transition from Enema of the State. There's still the poop jokes that feel like leftovers from its predecessors, but there's some mature work here with (one of my personal favorites) "Stay Together For The Kids." Fans who expect them to keep making records like EOTS and Cheshire Cat, might as well go listen to Weird Al records. Expand
  6. Jan 3, 2011
    3
    'Take Off Your Pants and Jacket' only really has two good songs: The Rock Show and Stay Together For The Kids, and that's because they differ from everything else that Blink 182 have put out. The Rock Show has a catchy chorus and is perfect for concerts. It's their only fun song without being crude. Stay Together For The Kids works as an anthem for kids that have been suffering from their parents arguing or divorce. The rest of the album is forgettable. Sure, some credit could be given to Anthem, Part Two (they couldn't come up with a different name?) for trying to come up with an attempt for youth but the chorus is predictable and instead of trying to make a statement, we are reminded of Tom Delonge's limited vocal range. It's annoying to listen. 'Give me one good reason' seems to not celebrate their fans uniqueness and their daring attitude to go against the norms, but to bash anyone that is different to the Blink 182 fans That track alone destroyed any positives this album had going for it, and placed Blink 182 as one of the most annoying bands in recent rock history. Expand

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