Older, possibly wiser and presumably more fully clothed, the torchbearers of the early-'00s pop-punk boom have returned with their knack for tunesmithery intact. The second single from Blink-182's sixth LP, Neighborhoods – the first was the sweeping "Up All Night" – is a melancholy confession about partying too hard: "We'll stagger home after midnight/Sleep on and on in the stairwell/We'll fall apart on the weekend." The midtempo ballad is a bit on the stolid side; it doesn't have the sparkle and fizz of the best Blink. But the sound is comfortingly familiar: the guitar crunch, the tuneful sneer of Mark Hoppus and Tom DeLonge's vocals, and Travis Barker's whip-cracking snare hits. Aughts nostalgia starts right here.
Listen to "After Midnight":
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