The lineup of Mark Hoppus, Tom DeLonge, and Travis Barker is undeniably Blink-182's most recognizable and iconic. That being said, the trio's work is not entirely infallible.
Following the group's initial breakup in 2005, two major splinter acts emerged. DeLonge went on to form Angels & Airwaves, while Hoppus and Barker started +44.
It's clear that each member fully embraced their new adopted musical styles, as when Blink-182 reunited to record their sixth studio album, 'Neighborhoods', the final product felt less like a long-awaited Blink reunion and more like an Angels & Airwaves/+44 collab.
The sounds of the two respective splinter groups are terrific on their own, but don't exactly mix. What's more is that in 'Neighborhoods', it felt as though the two styles were fighting against each other, as opposed to trying to cooperate.
Objectively, 'Neighborhoods' is a decent album. The flow is solid and the group's overall musical talent does shine through, resulting in great tracks like 'Up All Night' and 'MH 4.18.11'.
As a Blink-182 album, however, 'Neighborhoods' really lacks a clear identity. It's also the band's shortest album track-wise and the deluxe edition didn't add a whole lot. In turn, it's arguably Blink's weakest outing to date.