Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Angels & Airwaves|
We Don't Need to Whisper (Clean)
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
Tom DeLonge knows how he'd like people to listen to We Don't Need to Whisper, the debut album from his new group, Angels and Airwaves. "I really want the room to be dark, with black light or a candle," he says. "People sho... more »
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Tom DeLonge knows how he'd like people to listen to We Don't Need to Whisper, the debut album from his new group, Angels and Airwaves. "I really want the room to be dark, with black light or a candle," he says. "People should have headphones on, and they should be really comfortable, maybe sitting on the floor, leaning against the bed. I spent a year and a half working on this record, trying my hardest to give people a moment of escapism. All I ask is 50 minutes of a lowered heart rate." In just over a decade with Blink-182, DeLonge went from the San Diego suburbs to the top of the world. The band sold over 20 million records worldwide, won a wide assortment of MTV awards, and sold out arenas everywhere from London to Tokyo. So in early 2005, with Blink-182 on a break, DeLonge came to a crossroads. Rather than do a solo album or another version of his well-reviewed side project, Box Car Racer, DeLonge decided to start a new band. He recruited Box Car Racer guitarist David Kennedy, bassist Ryan Sinn (formerly of the Distillers), and drum god Atom Willard (previously of Rocket from the Crypt and the Offspring). The quartet headed into the studio?where they would try anything to find a new sound or a new song. The name Angels and Airwaves popped into DeLonge's head while he was driving. He wasn't certain about the name at first, but then he realized that "Angels and Airwaves" abbreviated as "AAA"?and that if he inverted the middle A, it spelled AVA, which is also the name of Tom?s daughter. "This is the next half of Tom DeLonge's life. If you liked anything that I did in the past, this is very much the next step." "The magic of Blink-182 was that the three of us came together to create this amazing band," he says. "But now there's no holds barred. I get to be me completely with a new group of talented musicians. We are on a different intensity level with this record, and it's something that we can't wait to share with the rest of the world.
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lipgloss_and_letdown | Singapore | 05/23/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It was a sad day for many kids when blink broke up. Especially for those that were born in the late 80's, and blink were the first real pop-punk band they fell in love with during those troubled times during the transition from backstreet/nsync to pop-punk. Nearlly 7 years after their break through record, 'Enema of The State', Tom Delonge released the highly anticipated 'Angels & Airwaves'.
This record definetly is something amazing. It definetly is a step up from blink's last record and really does live up to the hype. Remember the last track on the blink untitled record? How it just caputured your mind just due to its sheer length and the textures of the song when theres just so much going on? That is every song on this record is like.
Just from the title of this record, and the artwork, it sets the mood straight away. The songs are a rollercoaster of emotions, many of which, are thought provoking. A lot of the lyrics display a lot of paranoia, and through that, a lot of questions are being asked about the world. This is what really got to me about the record. The sheer deepness of lyrics questions society, fear and even the topic of Church and God.
Angels&Airwaves will leave you singing, but it will also leave you thinking of the world around you. Tom's right, we don't need to whisper."
All that delay, Tom!
Swimming Rabbit | 11/05/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Shoot me, but gosh, this album would be great if only someone else was singing. It's like Tom is in the wrong band or something...a band who's in love with late 80s The Edge-mega-delay. His voice just so, so does not fit the music...that iconic voice that unfortunately popularized the weirdly affected American faux semi-British singing accent belongs with the music he used to make. But I do appreciate the angst/feeling in Tom's voice even if I will never like it, as do I appreciate him branching out and making some great songs for those of us who are *not* Blink fans at all. I love the unabashedly retro feel of the whole record--all that late 80s The Edge-mega-delay (I mean, really! It's like the guitar player played each chord once, pumped up the delay, and looped it while he had dinner). The opening track is lovely, and "The Adventure" is a song that will be around for ages. They alone are worth buying the album for, although almost all the tracks are quite good."
1/3 of blink stays simple, but matures
M. Bixler | nashville | 12/21/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"this isnt blink 182 - so those expecting it to be the reunion of the trio can forget it. in fact the only thing even reminescent of blink is some of the concepts behind the songs (relationships, dream sequences), and tom's voice. the blind reviewers who say "it sucks because it isnt blink 182 and it's too slow" havent read the title on top of the cd cover and looked at the band lineup. it isnt - and doesnt try to be - blink 182. instead AVA have crafted a melodic but simple album with a couple great tunes. it is quite catchy in it's non-complexity and oddly enough very radio friendly. i am still trying to figure out why it has the "explicit content" warning on it. tom's voice hasnt really changed other than backing off on the agression - it seems a bit drone-y and monotone sometimes (do it for me now) and the echo/reverb sounds the exact same on it from song to song - as though it was all done in a single effort one afternoon without any adjustments to the sound board. the stripped down bit worked for blink 182 and its f'em attitude. but i get the feeling AVA wants to be something more than that - more "serious" perhaps - and while the vocals are consistent, they also might be the weakest part of the music. at the same time, some of the catchiest parts of the music are the intros (the war, distraction, the adventure) and the choruses (start the machine). edge-like guitar riffs and "dreamy" vocal qualities are the only u2 influences i catch - the spirit of the music is not like u2. it's a cd worthy of a listen."