Detailing scars and recounting stories, the grown-up takes of groups beloved incite a special appreciation that can withstand time itself. Though some attempts are more noble than others, discographic departure from a band's notorious sound speaks to larger facts of life.
Like emotional scrapbooks shared with the world, "mature" albums can be a pivotal point of artistic expression. Representing how events endured help musicians mature, they're endlessly therapeutic for members and fans alike.
Things resonate for a reason, and when creative inspiration hits you--it's real. Nothing shapes a person more than the undeniably fleeting nature of time, but music and other art forms have always been powerful ways we help each other overcome.
Exploring with age, you come to realize how truly timeless good music is. Memories grow entwined with certain bands, songs and albums, crafting a legacy which speaks on for generations.
Although I was young in their peak of prime, Blink-182 has always held a place in my heart.
Reformed and revitalized after a 4-year hiatus, Blink released their 6th studio album, "Neighborhoods," in 2011. Despite getting mixed reviews, the comeback record showed how far a few decades of experience brought three dearly unpolished San Diegan boys.
Fusing their power-pop-potty-punk roots with later-found atmospheric jade, the highly anticipated album speaks to the bizarrely interesting, yet unavoidable oscillation of ordeal throughout life. From birth to breaking, disaster to death, and all else thrown your way in between, coping is often a matter of finding ways to sing along.
Cliché as it is, Nietzsche knows:
"What doesn't kill you makes you stronger"
So does getting older mean preferring the token "mature" albums? As wise billboards plastered all over Los Angeles recently said:
"Nowhere to grow but up," which couldn't be more true.