Enema of the state - blink-182
How do I begin to talk about my favourite album of all time? An album that shaped me into who I am today and arguably the biggest pop punk record ever?
Opening track "Dumpweed" ignites with that killer Tom Delonge riff and possibly the most recognisable opening to an album ever.
As soon as the album starts it doesn't let up, with fast paced, punk rock perfection in the likes of the first Hoppus led track on the album "Don't leave me" and the sceptical "Aliens exist". It's hard to talk about this album and not mention the huge impact it had on the music scene. Bringing pop punk fully into the mainstream, singles "All the small things" and "What's my age again?" Turned the band into household names and are still some the most easily recognisable songs of the 90's. Whereas songs like "Adams song" showed an unexpected and unknown serious side to the band. Further proving them as brilliant song writers.
The album is the textbook on suburban teenage angst. Songs like "Mutt", "The party song" and "Dysentery Gary" deal with love and being the 'different kid' in a way only blink can portray. Whereas songs like "Going away to college" show the sweeter, more poetic side of the band.
No matter what I write about this album I will never do it the justice I feel it deserves. Every time I put it on, I'm transported back to being 14 in my small hometown just trying to figure everything out. This album made me notice music a lot more and opened my eyes to a whole new way of life. Its crazy to think where i'd be if i never heard this record. This is, in my opinion, truly blink at their pop punk best. The relateabilty of this record still resonates with me today, and I'm sure it's the same for millions of others. - Sam
Stand out track (s) - All of it.