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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. [This edition of We Don't Need to Whisper includes bonus tracks.]

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We Don't Need To Whisper - View from a small Island

This album is pure Tom Delonge doing what he wants. His maturity with age has made him come to realise that there is more to human perceptions that he treated with almost ridicule for such a long time with Blink-182. He now realises that humanity is not to be ridiculed, but to be encouraged to appreciate the beauty that both it and its surroundings are abundant in. Delonge's voice has been enhanced to the max, to sound like a ghost of beauty coming through the fog of modern day rock. Make no mistake, this is rock, but this is Romantic Rock. The expressive, dark dynamic of emo has been morphed into an outburst of beauty without the fear of showing it. To the Blink-182 fan, Delonge hasn't completely abandoned his principles. The haunting vocals and powerful bridges that we saw in their final self-titled album have been applied and improved upon here. The guitar and the drum are no longer treated like noise-makers, more of a brush for the romantic picture Angels & Airwaves are trying to create. If you enjoyed the preview releases, you will not be disappointed. Critics may see the album as stunningly similar throughout, but they will be without refined musical knowledge. Those with true musical appreciation will appreciate the effort and variety that has been toiled over for this album's publication. Such is the deep, echoing sound that it is hard to see how this may be produced effectively live. The 'Do It for Me Now (live)' track makes a fine attempt at dispelling these fears, but this album is not meant to be a stage performance, it is a documentary of beauty. All in all, a fantastic introduction to Delonge's inner soul and if it is to develop better still, long live romantic rock!

Tom Delonge has 'The Gift'

I bought the album as soon as it came out and i cant stop listening to it. It is always the first and last thing i listen to on my ipod. Tom Delonge and the guys have made a quality album that has so many songs i can relate to. The best songs on the album are 'Start The Machine', 'A Little's Enough', 'Do It For Me Now' and of course 'The Adventure'. 'We Don't Need To Whisper' is by far the best album that will come out of 2006, with out a shadow of a doubt. I have seen AVA twice now (Birmingham & Old Trafford Cricket Ground) and each time they have performed to there best. I love it when Tom talks to the crowd and what he says makes you think about life and how you should enjoy it. The only bad comment i can say about the album is that it doesnt have 'There Is' on it. AVA seem to play it all the time so why not put it on the album as a bonus track? If you don't own this album already you are missing out badly so go out and buy it now!!!!! Tom Delonge + Guitar = Legend

We don't need to listen.

i really wanted to love this album, for it to 'rock my world'. but i just can't. make no mistake this album is good. in places. but the meandering pace, half baked songs and pretentious lyrics do the album no favours. tracks like the war, the adventure, and start the machine offer so much hope for a truly outstanding album but it is let down on the whole by self indulgence and a constant delay effect that comes across as the Edge if he'd been playing punk rock for the past decade and then suddenly how to write a memorable song. and the piano on distraction sounds like 'simply having a wonderful christmas time' by paul mccartney. so in all, it's ok. but it's not the revolution delonge promised. if you want a great delonge album that isn't blink 182 then dig out your old box car racer cd, it's much better than this.

Biography

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 MTV.com, 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 &...
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