Your eyes did not deceive you. News of an album’s potential re-release just cracked our top 10. California was one of the most anticipated albums of the last decade, and for everything going against it, it exceeded my expectations in almost every way. It marked the long-awaited return of a band many had thought were lost for good.
When news of California getting a re-release with bonus tracks broke last year, I looked forward to the idea of hearing a couple tracks that would have been lost in b-side purgatory but didn’t give it much thought beyond that. However, over the last couple of weeks Blink-182 have come out to say that while some b-sides are definitely in the mix, they’re also actively writing new material as well. It’s turned what would essentially be an almost forgettable re-release into something else entirely, offering one of last year’s best albums in a completely new light as a double-album.
California delivered on the promises the band made going into it. With their recent comments that the new songs for the deluxe edition being better than what was one the original release, there’s more than enough reason to be excited.
by Kyle Schultz