Jeff, I think you mentioned that you couldn't stand Blink 182 (or maybe it was someone else) because they were too pop. I got their newest CD last night, and they have almost totally changed their sound. THere's still a couple songs that are clearly typical Blink songs, but the majority of the CD is unlike anything they have ever done before. The liner notes mention them being influenced by a band named Failure a lot, but I haven't heard of that band. They definitely owe a lot of their new sound to The Cure, and actually Robert Smith sings on one of the songs. The only punk band I can think of to compare the sound to would be Fugazi, but this isn't really that hard. They even use acoustic guitars on a couple songs (including my favorite song on the CD, "Miss You"). Mark Hoppus's voice has always been the stronger one between him and Tom DeLonge, but it really out shines Tom's on this one. There are a few songs where DeLonge's voice works, though. Still, as I've said about every Blink album, the drummer, Travis Barker, is the best musician in this band. Whether you like this style of music or not, you have to respect the guy just for the fact that he keeps coming out with great new drum patterns when he could just do the same old thing and collect a check either way. Also, I read somewhere that he still gives drum lessons when he's not touring, which I think is really cool. Overall, this album isn't reinventing the rock album or anything (the way, say, The White Stripes' "Elephant" did j/k, Jeff!), but it's very very good and original music from a group that nobody ever expected to be this original. I'd give it 4 stars out of 5.