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  • Summary: The ninth full-length studio release for the pop-punk trio features production by John Feldmann, The Futuristics and Tim Pagnotta.
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Happy Days
Hey kid, don't quit your daydream yet I know you feel locked out in the cold Seems like you're lost and alone Hey kid, don't listen to your head It... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. 80
    A spiritual follow up to 2003’s ‘Untitled’, ‘Nine’ sees the trio as confident adventurers. Dealing with the ideas of despair, loneliness and longing, the record doesn’t shy away from the shadows but you’re never far from a dash of hope.
  2. Kerrang!
    Sep 19, 2019
    80
    On Nine it feels like the band are finding a new lease of life in the dark days of 2019. [4 Sep 2019, p.53]
  3. 80
    The album is pretty much a joyride from start to finish, moving through a number of different styles, driven by some of the best damn drumming you’ve ever heard. And everyone involved in writing these songs (yes, including Feldmann) is a talented lyricist who knows how to craft excellent pop songs. So ultimately, it’s a brilliantly fun album if you have the fortitude to look past a lot of very annoying studio effects to listen to what Blink-183 are really saying.
  4. Sep 19, 2019
    70
    While Nine is by no means a dour emo record, it carries enough emotional heft to elevate it as one of blink-182's strongest late-era efforts, one that matures the typical blink sound with its commitment to vulnerability and honesty.
  5. Sep 30, 2019
    52
    It’s surprising how well the new sound works, though the voice of Skiba doesn’t always mesh comfortably with the production. As always, angst and unrequited affections are aplenty, but it all feels far too tame.
  6. 50
    Blink-182’s second album with Matt Skiba is ultimately subpar, weighed down by stereotypical lyrics and cloying choruses. Producers John Feldmann and Tim Pagnotta’s heavy use of compression makes NINE as in-your-face as possible, not giving the songs the necessary breathing room to develop without overproduction.
  7. Sep 19, 2019
    30
    Nine reeks of adolescence — and not in the goofy, humorous way of Blink-182's past, but in a cringe-y attempt at youthful angst. There are no slyly couched bits of wisdom, no life lessons learned between goof-ups and heartbreak, and it's altogether too earnest and self-serious to even be enjoyed as carefree fun. Blink-182 have always been intentionally juvenile, but in growing up and out of punk rock, they've never been more immature.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 41
  2. Negative: 10 out of 41
  1. Sep 20, 2019
    10
    Every song, lyrics and sound is particular and different. The album is really significant. Good job Blink-182.
  2. Sep 20, 2019
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I feel nine is a story about depression, grief and its many stages, blame, failed relationships, pain, and suffering. It doesnt have a happy ending but it's so sad that it is beautiful and makes me happy that it is so sad. You cant have sorrow this deep without the contrast of intense joy.


    Starting with the first time...


    It's a great starter for a great album.

    I really enjoy the feelings it inspires like it is the first time getting high or falling in love it kind of sends you back to that long lost, ever allusive, nostalgic feeling. I really like that it's the album opener cause it sets you up for a wild roller coaster of emotions. The contextual story of the album.

    I treat nine like a story. It starts out at the beginning of a terrible road of manic depressive bi polar disorder. Or just human emotion in general. This song, "The first time" is when we first start to realize that life isnt always going to be the same way it was when we were young. We are getting older and reality is coming like a meteor to kill the dinosuars. Only the dinosaurs in this analogy is joy. The amazing Joy of youth will never be obtained again and we are struggling to hold onto that feeling but we can sense that there ain't nothing like the first time. We become more hollow searching for that first time feeling. After this song comes "happy days" were we have fallen deeper down the rabbit hole. Weve fallen deeper into darkness and depression. We feel like we have hit rock bottom and are in the bottom of a pit of negativity and self doubt. The first time is long gone and now if we ever want to get back to Happy days we have to climb out ourselves and make the decision that we will work for that happiness. Sometimes it's a choice. WE WANNA FEEL HAPPY DAYS, but as the clock ticks, they become more scarce. Depressed people can become very manic. They go through phases were they are set on climbing back to hapiness and attack their life goals very hard and go all out with motivation only to fly too close to the sun and crash back into the pit even harder than before.

    Heaven then takes us back into that pit where we realize that even though we try to be good and make t he most of life. we fall back into our old ways, and if it isnt us it's those around us. For some it gets so bad that they lash out in violence. These devastating acts of violence like mass shootings make us feel like we have no control over this world and that people are stuck in their ways. Chaos or evil prevails, despite our efforts to obtain Happy days. Heaven shows us the pessimistic outlook on humanity. It shows us the world won't change or it doesnt want to.

    This puts us into a state of not giving a **** about the consequences of our actions because we feel the world is hopeless. We just want lust and love and excitement. We dont care what anyone says about us. We dont care what anyone does. We dont care about morality anymore because the world is ****ing hopeless anyways. Were going to the darkside baby.

    Then comes biomy which is quite literally blaming the previous generations for how weve become. Nines version of Anthem part 2 "If were ****ed up your to blame" however even in this ****ed up state we feel happy about some aspects of our life. Even though we were left alone in front of a t.v. to be raised on re runs and riddilin. Despite the fact no one ever gave a **** We found our own hapiness and highs and even though it may be ****ed up it's still ours and it's beautiful and its cant be killed. Despite the flaws of our youth and the imperfections, it's still a work of art to us, but some see it as a waste.

    And that's the Generational divide! Many of the youth's parents give them life-line after life-line and keep bailing them out when they swear they will be better than the last time. It's a vicious cycle of love clashing with the division of ideas amongst the older generation and the newer generation. The younger generation tries to make it better but is it better? Or has the damage all ready been done and it's too little too late?

    Then we lash out and run away because of this divide. We try to escape in any way possible. We want to separate ourselves and get away, but at the same time love and perhaps dependance or just the craving for homeostasis wants us to not get away for good, just give us some space and well come home again. At the same time tragedy all around us has created depression making it more and more difficult to believe in anything at all. Hope is being flooded by thick black rain. Despite our efforts to swim and find happy days the black rain wont ever stop pouring Good work blink. You made me weep, but it was therapeutic
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  3. Sep 20, 2019
    9
    Blink 182 has released a dark, pop rock album for the ages. Driven by it's sweltering synths, slow burning guitar, addictive choruses and MattBlink 182 has released a dark, pop rock album for the ages. Driven by it's sweltering synths, slow burning guitar, addictive choruses and Matt Skiba's impressive screamy vocals. This album has the blink like catchiness and pop punk sensibilities to grab hardcore fans and the poppy production to please the mainstream market.

    Blink's last effort was a step down from 2011's Neighborhoods. Travis Barker's usually laser deadly drumming was almost brought down by the lackluster production and overall safeness if the album. Nine is a huge step up in that regard. This album feels as if it's a modern take on 2003's Untitled with the same experimentation found on tracks like No Heart To Speak Of and Heaven but with more crisp production and scattered 808s. Travis's drumming is typical Travis, which is a HUGE complement. The latin and hip hop inspired grooves are fresh and his fills are as quick as usual. Matt Skiba truly found his place on this album however. His vocals are some of the best vocals I've ever heard from him tied with the Alkaline Trio song Radio. The emo screams are just perfect to my ears. The riffs are catchy and simple, very blink like.

    Mark's not the best singer, but he still does good on the album. His melodies and simple but effective lyrics tug at all the right heartstrings.

    Overall, this album is my favorite so far for 2019. I really like this album with it's impressive vocals and diverse instrumentation. Every song is enjoyable for me, some more than others. For me, this is a 9/10, rivaling classic blink with the quality.
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  4. Sep 26, 2019
    8
    Delivering all of the catchy melodies and tongue-in-cheek self-deprecation that Blink fans could hope for in a brand-new, candy-striped andDelivering all of the catchy melodies and tongue-in-cheek self-deprecation that Blink fans could hope for in a brand-new, candy-striped and electronica-tinged package, the album is also helped immensely by the improved vocal interplay between Mark Hoppus and Matt Skiba, as well as the latter's inhabiting the role left by his iconic predecessor far more confidently and comfortably.

    Choice Cuts: "Happy Days", "Darkside", "I Really Wish I Hated You"
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  5. Sep 30, 2019
    6
    8-ая студийная пластинка поп-панк коллектива из Калифорнии. Такое чувство, что ребята старались угодить всем, одновременно оставаясь на волне8-ая студийная пластинка поп-панк коллектива из Калифорнии. Такое чувство, что ребята старались угодить всем, одновременно оставаясь на волне современных поп-течений, стараясь окончательно не утратить свою уникальность. Компромиссы обычно не приводят к чему-то значительному – довольно средненькая работа от тех, у которых ждали большего.

    Лучшие песни:
    Happy Days
    Blame It On My Youth
    Darkside
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  6. Sep 27, 2019
    4
    I knew this album was going to be horrible, but my morbid curiosity got to the better of me. 'Nine' is a pop-punk mess, and this is comingI knew this album was going to be horrible, but my morbid curiosity got to the better of me. 'Nine' is a pop-punk mess, and this is coming from a person who enjoys the genre and band more than most.
    The album is musically quite boring. Blink continues on the over-produced (although maybe not to the same extent) as 'California', pop-punk formula, and somehow manages to worsen it. The vocals are, usually, quite average. I wouldn't say that they're all too horrific, and the two vocalists do bounce off each other in a decent way. The vocal effects can go die in a hole, though.
    For a pop-punk album, there's a great shortage of riffs too. The guitar-moments are your standard fare for the genre. They're serviceable, by the slightest margin. But added to the boredom-fest that this album usually is, and they just add to the mess. Props to that surprise solo on "On Some Emo **** because that was quite good. The drumming, on a brighter note, is as phenomenal as Barker usually brings to the table (he's such an underrated drummer) but I find the drums aren't as punchy as I want them. Still, great stuff in that regard.
    The lyrics aren't a surprise, either. While I won't act like there aren't some good moments of writing, the same-old Blink love song is so generic and done-to-death that it just gets aggravating.
    But it's not all bad. I think some songs, while still quite generic, bring some nice energy to them, such as "Pin the Grenade". The album does get slightly better in the second half, and while I wouldn't come back to a single song on the album, I wouldn't want to pull my hair after listening to them, as I do with others.
    Overall, blink-182's latest release is what you expect. A quite boring and bland pop-punk album, with some **** singles (they're the worst songs on here) and a general lack of fun. Worst album by them, easily, and the worst one I've heard from this year.
    Favourites: Pin the Grenade
    Least Favourites: Really Wish I Hated You, Blame It on My Youth, Happy Days
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  7. Sep 23, 2019
    0
    One of the worst albums of the past 10 years. What were they thinking... Lady Gaga hits harder than they do now. LMAO.
    Ignore the 10's on
    One of the worst albums of the past 10 years. What were they thinking... Lady Gaga hits harder than they do now. LMAO.
    Ignore the 10's on here.. they must be Kanye fans.
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