To be released Tuesday, March 19, alongside New Found Glory’s entry — but arguably making a better case for being an “icon” than the aforementioned band — Blink 182’s Icon collection is another 11-track installment in the Universal Music series collecting the biggest tracks from the biggest names in music. But the band’s predictable entry features singles from 1997’s Dude Ranch to 2004’s self-titled effort.

It is that time span that may hurt it most. From the awkward opening of Icon with “All The Small Things” to early fan-favorites like “Dammit” to newer tracks like “Feeling This,” one track doesn’t always play well against the next, and fans of one may hate several others, as per the band’s divisive change in direction late in its initial run — i.e. fans of Dude Ranch may not dig the self-titled tracks.

Furthermore, much like the New Found Glory release, the packaging is stripped to the essentials, and so the retrospective offers nothing exciting aesthetically. While the price is low for the collection, it still falls short of making a case for its existence in an era in which all of these tracks are available digitally at low prices. Ultimately, this Icon entry is something both hardcore and casual fans can afford to skip for their collections. (Bill Jones)

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