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Album Review

How do you know that former blink-182 leader Tom DeLonge intends for his post-blink project Angels and Airwaves to be taken seriously? Because throughout their debut album, We Don't Need to Whisper, he relies on sounds and textures borrowed from 1988, the era when college rock was filled with atmospheric sonics and earnest politics. Specifically, he layers delayed guitars ripped from U2 over soundscapes equally inspired by the Cure, New Order, Peter Gabriel, and The Unforgettable Fire, all in an attempt to fashion a modern-day protest record. The result might be less than successful, but it is interesting, particularly in how DeLonge's desire to be taken seriously has led him to use the serious music of his adolescence as a signifier that he's serious now.

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Whispers Heard Loud & Clear

There are many reviews that you have to take with a grain of salt because the person reviewing is usually biased considerably in favour of the artist. I am here to change all that. When you see a review from Lloyd Braun, you will know that the music itself is the only priority...With that said, this is a good album, not great, but Tom DeLonge & company deserve credit for their inspired music. Tom has a very good ability to make you feel a particular lyric simply through the instrument of his voice. It has gotten much stronger since his early days in Blink, but let us not confuse the issue, the music here is the selling point. The album is high in production value, but it has the kind of layered textures that can catch you and hold you in a trance. There are some misses, but the album contains a contender for best single of 2006 in "The Adventure", while other standout tracks include "Do It For Me Now" and "Good Day". All in all, Tom has emphatically pronounced that indeed, he does not need to whisper. Actual rating would be 7.4/10 if it was allowed. Lloyd

Simple Brilliance

I am completely blown away. I pick up this album because The Adventure is amazing, start listening to Valkyrie Missile and drift off. I haven't heard anything this good in this style in a very long time. This is the explosive collision of punk rock and early 80's U2. It is so wonderful to hear with a sound unlike anything I've heard in recent years. It is so grandiose and spectacular that all you're missing is a laser light show to fully appreciate how amazing this is. There is no question. Buy this album. Valkyrie Missile: An opening comparable to Where The Streets Have No Name. 5* Distraction: The percussion in the beginning is phenominal. 5* Do It For Me Now: Great song. 5* The Adventure: "I can't live, I can't breath unless you do this with me." Who knew Tom Delonge would be singing something beautiful like that? Spectacular song. 5* A Little's Enough: I could actually see this as a really great blink song. 5* The War: Great song. Makes me think of my grandfather. 5* The Gift: It's alright. Belittled by the other tracks somewhat. 4* It Hurts: Again, a great opening riff. 5* Good Day: Great love song. 5* Start The Machine: An amazing percussion beginning. 5* I can't say enough about this record. It is some of the best music I have ever heard in the new millenium and hopefully, Tom won't change how his bext result turns out. My advice, let the music speak for itself. You won't regret it for a second.

Good cd and an amazing effort

Tom Delonge produced this CD himself, to send a message and to do something musically after Blink-182. He shows a side of himself most people have never seen before, and he shows that he has a lot of heart and soul. This is his most determined work of art that he has ever presented to the public, and it pays off. Angels and Airwaves have a pretty good line-up altogether, with a very good drummer in the line up by the name of Atom Willard. Unfortunately though, while there was a lot of hype leading to this CD, there is a bit of an empty feeling I get when I listen to this. I do not think there is enough depth in all the songs that are on this album. That aside, this is a very good cd with a lot of good melodies that he has portrayed since the start of Blink-182. It is very well produced by Tom Delonge, and although sugarcoated a bit, this album has a lot of music in it. The songs I've caught on to the most are Valkyrie Missile, The Adventure (their hit single), and It Hurts. The Gift is also a pretty good song. That list will surely change though as I listen to the cd throughout time, which is why I suggest you just get the whole album.


Formed: 2005 in San Diego, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

With the hiatus of pop-punk superstars blink-182 in full effect by the fall of 2005, singer/guitarist Tom DeLonge revealed the formation of his new band -- one he'd already been working with for six months -- called Angels & Airwaves. Much hype ensued after the announcement. In interviews with outlets like, DeLonge proclaimed that his new music would borrow elements from bands like U2 and Pink Floyd and, ultimately, be something of a revolution to change the face of rock & roll forever. Rounding...
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