Blink 182 - Take Off Your Pants and Jacket 
Music Disc Reviews Audio CD
Written by Brian Kahn   
Tuesday, 12 June 2001

Blink 182
Take Off Your Pants and Jacket
format: CD
label: MCA Records
release year: 2001
performance: 7
sound 6
reviewed by: Brian Kahn

Take Off Your Pants And Jacket is the San Diego-based punk-pop trio Blink 182's fifth studio album. This latest release continues in the tradition of the band’s past efforts – it is the well-produced adolescent punk rock that we all expect from Blink. The album is replete with profanity and other reminders that the band’s target audience is well under drinking age.

Like most Blink 182 albums, the song topics revolve around the angst of teen life. The lyrics are mainly sexual in nature, discussing the women the singers want and those who have spurned them. The first single from the album is a poppy tune called "The Rock Show," which is about meeting a girl at the Warped Tour and falling for her (even though it is hard to imagine Blink 182 at a Warped Tour event). This track demonstrates a true Blink 182 talent, a catchy pop track with some harder punk riffs.

The lyrics on this latest release have a broader range than prior albums, from the prepubescent "Happy Holidays" to more serious and insightful lyrics in "Stay Together For the Kids" and "Story of a Lonely Guy." Fans will be happy to know that the trademark Blink 182 sound can be found in all the tracks despite the content of the lyrics.

Take Off Your Pants and Jacket carries on the tradition set by past Blink 182 albums and moves forward with their trademark punk-pop sound. As I grow older, I find that I have to be in a certain mood to listen to prepubescent or even adolescent punk-pop, but when I am ready for that kind of groove, Blink 182 and their latest work, Take Off You Pants and Jacket, makes it happen.

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