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Blink-182’s Secret Seriousness

The brattiness has dimmed. Their influence is wide. Their new album is very, very catchy.
Source: Mario Anzuoni / Reuters

Nine, the new album from Blink-182, a band forever associated with adolescence even though the members’ mean age is now 44, arrives haloed in that great teenage emotion: embarrassment.

This summer they kicked off a tour with Lil Wayne, and the hope that it would hit upon a yummy PB&J combo of potty-mouthed-and-past-their-prime performers from different genres was immediately dashed by the . Ticket sales flagged, and the late-breaking announcement that the bandseemed like a bid to lure the masses. It didn’t work well enough: Wayne once he saw how empty their arenas were. “The crowd was among the small things,” went the excellent subhead on the Minneapolis .

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