The completion of Blink-182's sixth studio album, and their first since the bands reformation in 2009, has been delayed several times with the original release date set for April 2011.
The delay of the LP was so unexpected that in February 2011, guitarist Tom DeLonge stated that the album would be out in time for the group's planned European tour that July, and that they would "not tour if there is no new record”. That April, however, the band announced the postponement of the tour due to delays in completing the album, stating "We hoped we would have some new songs to play rather than do another 'greatest hits tour'".
The new LP has been released in two separate editions, one with a standard 10 tracks and a deluxe edition with 13 tracks on it. But the band's co-frontman Mark Hoppus has said that he believes the 13-track edition is the record as "it should be heard" and that no song has been added just for the sake of it.
Speaking to NME, the bassist responded to a question about the difference between the two editions by saying: "Even the bonus tracks on this album to me feel like they're part of the record. The deluxe edition is the record as it should be heard. I don't feel like we had ten songs that were good and three songs that we threw on as some kind of lame B-side bonus thing. That's why we re-sequenced the record using those additional songs, because to us they're very much part of the record."
Asked why the band hadn't just released a 13-track album, the bassist responded by saying that it was "standard practice" for bands to offer up two editions of their new album. Hoppus also spoke about the making of the album, revealing that there were five songs that didn't make the cut for the LP.
"We probably had 20 songs total, there are about 5 songs that we started working on that didn't make the cut for one reason or another."
The album was formally released yesterday (September 26) and can be heard in full by heading to http://neighborhoods.blink182.com