blink-182, ‘Neighborhoods’ (DGC/Interscope)
“Hold on — the worst is yet to come,” sing the man-children of blink-182, and you gotta give ‘em credit for flipping the usual reunion-album rhetoric. Indeed, the lean, ten-track Neighborhoods feels surprisingly — and refreshingly — low-key. Yet the band once used their SoCal nonchalance as cover for some deceptively profound observations on the complexity of adolescence. Here, though, watery, joke-free confessionals like “This Is Home” and “After Midnight” sound comparatively adrift, stranded between the touching self-examination of 2003’s blink-182 and the examination of self-touching with which they made their name.