Angels & Airwaves – We Don’t Need To Whisper

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Angels & Airwaves

We Don't Need To Whisper - Geffen Records

I fucking love Blink-182. I will always say that proudly and with all my heart. They changed my life and were my gateway band into this wonderful genre. And no matter how many people want to deny that simple fact, they can’t. Almost everybody involved in this scene has a somewhat soft spot for the trio of poppunkers from San Diego – and that become most evident at the announcement of their breakup. The scene was relatively quiet, the insults stopped flying, and everyone took a step back to stop and consider what the band did in their lives, be it to them or someone they know. It was then that the true effect the band had on their fans became apparent.

But that was a year and a half ago. The world has changed dramatically, people have moved on, and out of the ashes of Blink-182 has come two brand new bands. The more silent and dormant project of Plus-44, which features Mark and Travis and has released only one track; along with the much more ambitious and pompous Angels & Airwaves that features Tom spear heading the effort (with the help of Atom from The Offspring, David from Box Car Racer and Ryan from The Distillers). They’ve released more than just the one song, but have instead come out with their debut full length, which almost lives up to DeLonge’s unattainable hype.

We Don’t Need To Whisper picks up where Blink-182 left off, which makes it clear that it was DeLonge who spear headed the writing efforts on the band’s final release with Mark who kept him grounded. It is atmospheric, adventurous, and more ambitious than the former band ever came close to accomplishing, but it’s still has the new Blink182 feel to it. It is still Tom’s vocals, and no matter how hard he tries to escape it, they will also be Blink182’s vocals.

Musically though, he no longer limits himself to three minute songs, but instead pushes forward for bigger, longer songs; which is both the rise and fall of We Don’t Need to Whisper. It is easy to see what he was going for with this, and the album is full of good, solid songs. Sadly, at times, those songs are swamped amongst overproduction and two minute long introductions. Valkyrie Missile is the perfect example of this. The two minute long intro, while good, should be it’s own separate track so that the listener has the ability to skip over it and get into the meat of the album and core of the song; because as it is, it’s just too long and would probably be boring live.

Nevertheless, the album is still good and will go on to sale millions. While it’s sometimes hard to take this master of poop jokes seriously, you can still feel the emotion behind all the songs and the sincerity behind what he’s doing. And even though he shouts out “It hurts” over and over around reminiscent to Blink182‘s single Down the lyrics of love and war are good throughout the album. The only way the album could’ve been better was if he hadn’t hyped it up so much into something no human being could possibly create, still, he came close to his claims.