blink-182 – blink-182 – Limited Double Pink Colored Vinyl, Reissue, 2017

Limited double pink colored vinyl LP pressing. blink-182’s eponymous fifth studio album was released in 2003 following the group’s hiatus and involvement in various side projects such as Box Car Racer and Transplants. Recorded with longtime producer Jerry Finn, the album marks a departure from their earlier work, with experimental elements creeping into their usual pop-punk sound, inspired by both fatherhood and their work away from the group. The songwriting is both more personal and explores darker terrain, touching upon the realities of maturity and hardships. The track, “All Of This,” features vocals by Robert Smith of The Cure, one of Mark Hoppus’ musical idols and an obvious inspiration throughout the record. The album spawned four singles, including “I Miss You,” which hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Modern Rock Tracks chart and album opener “Feeling This” which climbed to No. 2. The album debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 and has sold over 7.5 million copies worldwide to date. Blink 182 would serve as the group’s last studio release for nearly a decade.