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Plus 44

Plus 44: When Your Heart Stops BeatingWhen Your Heart Stops Beating (2006)
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I never considered myself a huge fan of Blink-182 and didn't really care for their side projects, so I didn't really know what to expect when checking out the two post-Blink-182 bands. After being treated to a tiresome and uninteresting debut by Angels and Airwaves, it was hard to collect real thoug.
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I never considered myself a huge fan of Blink-182 and didn't really care for their side projects, so I didn't really know what to expect when checking out the two post-Blink-182 bands. After being treated to a tiresome and uninteresting debut by Angels and Airwaves, it was hard to collect real thought on what would come of the debut from the other post-Blink band, +44. With +44 originally announced as an electronic-based project, I never paid attention while Carol Heller left the band and they enlisted Shane Gallagher and Craig Fairbaugh to complete the band's lineup. Maybe it was the way it was supposed to be, but I hadn't a clue to what the album would sound like; in the end I was completely stunned by the mammoth debut known as When Your Heart Stops Beating.

The album kicks off with with an extremely energetic approach in "Lycanthrope," an almost Blink-182-sounding tune. "Baby, Come On" shows the imprints of the band's earlier state, as the song utilizes electronic drums and synth in the verses leading into an extremely catchy chorus that once again will sit well with fans of Blink-182. It also only takes two songs before a few similarities between this and Motion City Soundtrack's Commit This to Memory become apparent -- maybe Mark Hoppus took notes when producing the Minneapolis nerds' sophomore album. Songs like "Little Death" and "Lillian" showcase the softer side of the band, both musically and lyrically as each features lush instrumentation and Hoppus's most personal lyrics to date.

"155" has the band drawing influences from the Cure and even slides in a few handclaps, while "Cliff Diving" could have been a Blink-182 B-side. "Weatherman" and "No, It Isn't" are both darker and depressing songs that dwell on the breakup of Blink-182 and fall-out between the band and Tom DeLonge, while "Make You Smile" features Hoppus and Heller exchanging lines over a rather bare song structure, showing the softest side that +44 has to offer.

When Your Heart Stops Beating is now arguably the best album to result from the Blink-182 hiatus/breakup/whatever. While there are a few similarities to Blink-182, +44 stand out on their own with their ability to craft both energetic and catchy pop-punk songs and melodic, atmospheric ballads. Mark Hoppus finds himself on top of his game here, with some of his best singing and lyrics yet, while Travis Barker still proves he is one hell of a drummer. When Your Heart Stops Beating is sometimes a catchy and fun release that is exceedingly upbeat, but occasionally transforms into a dark and eerie, personal album, which allows the listener to take in the band in both varieties and discover just how talented these guys are.

 

 
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meitang (October 24, 2010)

JULIstone is a China Stone Manufacturer which supply Granite Tile,Paving Stone, Granite Paving, Polished Granite ,may be you can choose something.

C-Men (June 29, 2008)

i love 44! it's way better than angels & airwaves! when your heart stops beating is a fantastic album! i can't wait for the next one!

vaness (October 12, 2007)

I 100% love 44 and i agree that angels and airwaves was a bit boring but i guess i am more into them than you are but this album from 44 is better than angels and airwaves one we don't need to whisper.

travisbarker (August 17, 2007)

44 are the best band ever and Travis Barker is the best drummer in the world.

travisbarker (August 17, 2007)

44 are the best band ever and Travis Barker is the best drummer in the world.

punkdude89 (April 11, 2007)

dude.......can't say blink is the same thing than plus 44.......first of all, i think blink's break up was a stupid mistake........they should be together.....playing great music and hanging aroun......i'm not saying plus 44 is bad.....but it was better when blink was on stage

calderk (April 6, 2007)

I have to say i loved blink 182 and would take them back over 44 but at least one good thing came out of the break up. I love this album!!

historypeats (December 16, 2006)

It took a couple of listens, but I ended up liking this a hell of a lot more than I thought I would. And "Make You Smile" is one of the best songs on there, even if the lyrics are repeated too frequently. It's too bad Heller left the band - if that was the direction they were moving in, I would have liked to have heard more.

marvalbertlikesbiting (December 4, 2006)

short and sweet review...its got some good songs (the first 3, some towards the end), but i feel like overall its not that great. the middle seems pretty lame to me.

Anonymous (November 28, 2006)

We all know it's not blink. I don't really understand those whos expected fast and real punk songs as dude ranch. that age is gone. BUT. when ava has gone out i didn't really like it. around that time plus44's "no it isn't" had been taken to the internet and i thought it was great. (now they changed a lot in that song, i think the earlier was better). So when my friend's ava mania was the higher, i said to him: ok, wait for 44. And now he thinks 44 is much better. I've said.:D
So guys. don't wait for real punk songs. i like 44 because they matched high techniques with a little punk. and mark's voice is the best than ever been. they did a great album. and tom did an album like blink's last. KR.

Anonymous (November 25, 2006)

i have both of thew albums and quite frankly i think both of them are a waste of money.yeah 44's is better than angels and airwaves but they are both as bad as each other so get over the whole 44's is better than AVA' and vise versa cuz they both suck....

Anonymous (November 25, 2006)

Ok seriously, i have actually bothered to sit here with my friend and read most of the reviews on the album and read about how much people HATE angels & airwaves, how it bores them to sleep and whatever, and that Plus 44's album is ok - better than AVA's - but didn't fully do it for them. But can you guys just stop dissing each other's bands. The WYHSB album in my opinion is great, I like the way they can lyrically change all their songs - Cliffdiving is a classic - and how they can also express their feelings about the B182 break up without getting tooo nasty (mind the line 'this isnt just goodbye, this is i can't stand you'). And then the Angels and Airwaves album is just beautiful, it might be repetitive, but it's very touching and something a lot of people just want to hear when they're down and depressed. Either way both bands put A LOT of effort into their albums, so I think that's what we should really respect them for.

t-bags (November 23, 2006)

i was really excited for this album since last june and when i heard the songs when your heart stops beating and no it isnt and lycanthrope i thought this cd was gonna be killer. instead, it turned out thos 3 songs were my fav. the other songs on the album were ok and good, but just didnt do it for me. like weatherman, it shows how much marks obssesed with the cure. and it sucks to say this b/c marks my idol, hes one of the funniest crazyest dudes out there, and the dissapointing part is that he didnt show some of that in the cd. and mark said the cd was all his feelings about the past year, but most of them are love songs like make you smile, which the whole song just has repeating lyrics. i dont mean to diss 44 but theres the truth ppl. and by the way 44 kicks angels & airwaves ass by a long shot. ive tried listening to them and i nearly fell asleep. all their songs are about god and have really long boring repeating parts like in the adventure, "i cannot live i cant breathe unless you do this with me", which repeats about what 7 times until it says the chorus again for alot of times again. all in all, i think 44s upcoming albums will be alot better, but with AVA theirs will only get more boring and worse. thank you and good nite.

KL (November 23, 2006)

plus 44 is better than tom's band

everythingsux (November 21, 2006)

i think its catchy
and dont whine about it not being blink, their songs are all the same what the hell

Anonymous (November 19, 2006)

For all of you who are complaining and saying how Blink was better and bah blah, save it. We all know it's not Blink. It's not supposed to be. As good as Blink was, it's over. leave it alone. If they got back together now they'd be worse than their last cd, we all know it. Blink has ended it's own legacy, where everyone thought AvA would continue it, they obviously failed. ( 44)'s worst songs on their album beat out AvA's best. Hands down.

Anonymous (November 19, 2006)

ok well as far as whjich is better, 44 or AvA i definately have to go with 44. i saw AvA at their first concert ever and it was supposed to be amazing or w/e but it sucked. it sounded like trance gone terribly wrong. The entire time i wasn't sure if they had switched songs or if it really was one terribly, tediously long song. I picked up the new 44 album the day it came out, with much excitement over songs like When Your Heart Stops Beating, and i honestly must say that i expected more fast songs, but thinking of what mark has just come through slow and strong seems to fit now. as to their next album, im sure theyll evolve, but im happy with them now.

Anonymous (November 19, 2006)

where as i dont mind the album. it was pretty disappointing.

the review is pretty bad to...."mammoth cd"??? give me some of what your smoking.

Anonymous (November 17, 2006)

"44 > boxcar racer > the last blink album > Angels and Airwaves"

sooooooo this is the best of the worst.....

GreenVandal (November 17, 2006)

Yes. Middle aged men exchanging jabs over how emo the other one is is not somehitng to make fun of.

GreenVandal (November 17, 2006)

Yes. Middle aged men exchanging kabs over how emo the other one is is not somehitng to make fun of.

fritobandito (November 16, 2006)

It's funny how you guys are all making fun of the "Let's slit our wrists and burn down something beautiful," line, as if it weren't a sarcastic jab at how emo Tom DeLonge is. I mean sure, make fun of shit if you have to, but at least do it in a way that doesn't render you as completely ignorant.

FINALLY. I've been waiting for this comment since my last comment about that quote. glad SOMEONE seems to have gotten it, at least partially.

Anonymous (November 16, 2006)

angels and airwaves suck xxx cock

Anonymous (November 16, 2006)

I've always been a huge Blink fan. When I first heard the original demo for 44's "No It Isn't" (with the chick singing) I thought it was total crap. However, when I heard that Mark and Travis dropped the chick and enlisted Craig Leg from The Forgotten (one of my favourite bands), I had to check out 44 again to hear what I thought was going to be a tougher sounding version of Blink. THE ALBUM IS OKAY - not amazing, but nowhere near as bad as Angels & Airwaves. If you're into the fast, snotty Blink circa 1994 - 2001 then you will like "Lycanthrope", "When Your Heart Stops Beating", "Cliffdiving", and the new version of "No It Isn't". There's 4 other totally mediocre songs, and 4 total shit songs that prove Tom DeLonge isn't the only insane ex-member of Blink. I think BOTH Mark and Tom need to realize they have talent in writing fast, vulgar, melodic punk - NOT wannabe Cure crap.

But I still find it strange watching Craig on stuff like Meet The Barkers and Letterman when like 4 years ago he played after my little local band at the standard local dive rock bar.

Anonymous (November 16, 2006)

toledo...you so crazy

rkl (November 16, 2006)

Posted by theonetruebill on 2006-11-14 00:07:33

My really long Riot Fest review didn't get posted :(

im kind of surprised that no one posted a review for voodoofest. i would, but the only band i saw was social d, because i was selling pipes

Anonymous (November 16, 2006)

44 are boring, they're to afraid to let themsleves loose barring 2 tracks, they seem strained.

brodave_17 (November 16, 2006)

just got the album yesterday...for the most part I like it

Anonymous (November 16, 2006)

Nowhere near as good as Angels & Airwaves.

Anonymous (November 16, 2006)

Guy posting below me appears to be dead-on accurate.

Joseph (November 16, 2006)

It's funny how you guys are all making fun of the "Let's slit our wrists and burn down something beautiful," line, as if it weren't a sarcastic jab at how emo Tom DeLonge is. I mean sure, make fun of shit if you have to, but at least do it in a way that doesn't render you as completely ignorant.

swank (November 16, 2006)

44 > boxcar racer > the last blink album > Angels and Airwaves

jamespastepunk (November 15, 2006)

What descendents song did they play?

Anonymous (November 15, 2006)

mark hasn't put out a good cd in 9 and a half years... this just keeps the streak going.

Anonymous (November 15, 2006)

Got the new 44 yesterday--

--and I'm just super surprised about how good about 75% of this album is! The songcraft picked up a lot from where "Blink 182" S/T left off.

If this is the natural progression of Blink 182 without Tom, well I'm actually glad about it--since I didn't bother buying the last 2 Blink 182 albums.

Truly, a promising yield and end result of the Blink catharsis.

Cruz Bustamante
LIeutenant Governor
State of California

nocigar (November 15, 2006)

yeah i know, i guess i was bein a hypocrite..sorry about that.

Anonymous (November 15, 2006)

Someone should seriously start a count of how many times nocigar pops up in Blink 182-related news posts and defends them.

Seriously buddy, it's getting out of hand. For someone criticizing others for 'sitting behind their computer screens' and making "dumbass comments," you're not doing much better.

fritobandito (November 15, 2006)

I'm totally for this dickhead slitting his wrists and destroying something beautiful or whatever stupid ass shit he is talking about.

this comment is EXACTLY why it's one of my favorite lyrics on the entire album. it's like 1 in 100 people actually get the irony in the context of what the song's about, and it amuses me to no end. heh.

nocigar (November 15, 2006)

this shit sucks beyond description. the fact that middle aged men make this shit and still have 12 inch mohawks is mindblowing.

what the hell do you do with your life? I mean, besides sit behind your computer screen , make dumbass comments, then masturbate to them

Anonymous (November 15, 2006)

cd is pretty good. a little bland at times. blink 182 is better. dude ranch and enema of the state are way better than plus 44, but it is pretty good. it lacks really fast punk songs, but the slower ones are pretty good.

Anonymous (November 15, 2006)

this shit sucks beyond description. the fact that middle aged men make this shit and still have 12 inch mohawks is mindblowing.

Anonymous (November 15, 2006)

It's OK, sounds like latest blink-182, but a little bit less good than their previous CD, as it has happened with each blink album since Dude Ranch. Half of the songs are quite boring.

JayTee (November 15, 2006)

I listened to the whole thing on the way to work today. If iTunes ever has a 10 cent song bin, most of these belong in it. I tried to like it, it's really just underwhelming and really no better than Angels and Airwaves, I don't care if Tom is the "dick" and Mark is the "he's still cool" one. Both bands are disgustingly sub-par.

punkyrae (November 15, 2006)

i got the debut cd yesterday, its pretty good... i wasnt sure how it would turn out. all in all they're pretty good

Anonymous (November 15, 2006)

I went to thier show last night in ny, ther werent bad at all. Travis played with one arm and used the broken arm to smoke while he was playing..Descendents cover was pretty good also..

GreenVandal (November 15, 2006)

Now thats some coverart!

I'm totally for this dickhead slitting his wrists and destroying something beautiful or whatever stupid ass shit he is talking about. Maybe he could make a reality show about it and Travis Barker could totally be standing in every shot showing off his sweet tats. Sickness!

crazytoledo (November 15, 2006)

Since everyone is talking about random things here, I guess I will too.

I get to see the Bond movie today. Hopefully it doesn't suck.

colin (November 15, 2006)

skaboom, i'm rarely sober. i mean, right now i am, it's only 9:30 though and i just ate breakfast. soon enough.

Anonymous (November 15, 2006)

To quote many on here, a few really good songs to go with a few " filler" type, but these guys dont claim to be reinventing the wheel like ava, it is what it is, a pop punk album and for the record? 155 is the nifty song on here-oldpunker-

skaboom (November 15, 2006)

Paul - the interlude was included so that the album would be exactly 44 minutes long.

colin - do you ever post when you're sober?

colin (November 15, 2006)

haha paul i LOVE that song "shut up" hahahah. but yeah the uh

"let's slit our wrists and burn down something beautiful"

hey mark stop listening to victory records dude. we all did.

davebrave4 (November 15, 2006)

I keep seeing posts about 44 being Mark's new band. What about Travis? Believe it or not, drummers are band members, too. Just because he doesn't sing or write lyrics doesn't make him less talented than Mark and Tom (quite the opposite!)

Anonymous (November 15, 2006)

"well to back up my previous comments about crazytoledo being deaf:

1. the lyrics on this are worse than piss poor. like, dude ranch had decent lyrics for being a pop punk record and that was 10 years ago. it seems like in 10 years mark has only learned to write worse. there is a lot of cringeworthy stuff on here.

2. they obviously don't care about the album packaging, which is too bad.

3. this thing lacks any sort of emotive feeling. this is mark's all "pissed off at tom, back in rock" album and it sounds like britney spears.

4. the weird addition of female vocals on a couple songs, all towards the end, gives the album a very disjointed feeling that is like "well we liked these as demos, and even though they don't all fit... it's better than havingi to write new material after the girl leaves, so let's put them on there."

5. most of the guitar work sounds like dudes trying to be blink 182.

all that being said, it's about 20 times better than the heaping pile of shit that is angels and airwaves. this is radio rock at it's most mediocre, and i was really hoping mark would experiment into something more daring than blink - not something safer"

I completely agree colin, although I think maybe you're being a bit harsh. I too think Mark's lyrics have gone downhill since dude ranch, but the stuff on this album is better than 'take off your pants and jacket'. nothing is more cringe worthy than 'stay together for the kids' or that song about running away...'shut the fuck up she said' you know that one. terrible.

and I agree its disjointed, the second half sounds very thrown together. I mean shit, that interlude...any local band w/ some home recording equipmment has made more interesting musical interludes than that. on a 12 track album no less. filler. and the songs towards the end just go no where, especially that song w/ the chick that sounds like a postal service ripoff. totally out of place.

and finally, the album artwork is the reason people download instead of buying cd's. give me a fucking reason to buy the cd assholes! liner notes about the recording process, your inspiration for the songs, or even just funny fat mike musings like in the old nofx albums. or some cool art or photos. something!

Paul

Anonymous (November 15, 2006)

Oops, looks like I mis-quoted the review there, but I think my overall point still stands (I'm SURE I've read that on at least a dozen reviews on this site though).

Anonymous (November 15, 2006)

Am I the only one who loses interest in a review the second it mentions "lush soundscapes"?

I mean that as more of a comment on the music rather than the review itself.

HeresLookinAtYou (November 15, 2006)

meh

SilentStorms (November 15, 2006)

Cave In's "Until Your Heart Stops" (released in 1998) was a better album both then and now. Plus these guys pretty much ripped the title off. I don't hate this band, but goddammit they're not that good. Crazytoledo you have one messed up rating scale. But then again you like what you like, and I can respect that. I just don't agree.

Anonymous (November 15, 2006)

Mark can't write an albums worth of hooks and it shows. They should have took the few good songs and just put out an EP.

nellson13 (November 14, 2006)

honestly, everyone keeps saying "oh, it's nothing like blink!!!" "this doesn't even remind me of blink!" wonder why, you dumbasses. that would be because it isn't blink. This is a new band, and i personally like the way that mark and travis and those two other guys are taking it. change is needed sometimes, and sadly, it's not looking like tom's coming back anytime soon, so people need to get used to the fact that 44 is a solid band and they're going to be around for awhile

Anonymous (November 14, 2006)

not going to lie, this shit is fucking infectious

Anonymous (November 14, 2006)

here's the difference. i used to buy all the blink albums the day they came out, begining with Dude Ranch. I did not rush out to buy this today. I wish I had something to be excited about, but I feel let down. I like others miss the fast punk songs mark used to write. I will probably eventually get this, also ava does blow. the end

feeeding5000 (November 14, 2006)

The 80's were bad for mainstream music; underground/indie music reached a level of awesometacularity that none have ever grasped since. OK...Duran Duran...Motley Crue...Don Johnson's musical career -- all bad. Minor Threat, Venom, and XTC -- all good.

jacknife737 (November 14, 2006)

Great album, dispite its 80s influence.

Come on people, we all know how bad that decade was for music.

freaky003 (November 14, 2006)

Just got the CD. So far so great, I really like it. It's mellow, but whatever I'm a sucker for Blink.. minus that pretentious AVA bullshit. Either way at least this album is honest.

Also, about the cover art, it's not so bad. It opens up into a big plus sign which I've never seen done so props for that and I suppose you could use the back-side as a unique poster.

-freaky003

feeeding5000 (November 14, 2006)

You all know what I'm going to say, so I'm not even going to bother. Just assume I said something knee-jerk anarcho-punk, yell at me for it, and then we can all move on. 'Kay?

Anonymous (November 14, 2006)

ashes/dying, because it implies false metal-ness

-Ken

Anonymous (November 14, 2006)

Topic of discussion: What is worse, band names that end with a random number, or band names that contain the words "ashes" or "dying"?

cadooFUCKYOU (November 14, 2006)

ill but the cd so i can use the album art as toilet paper

TraumaSponge (November 14, 2006)

No one wrote a review of the new Evens album?

boba_fett (November 14, 2006)

i dig it. ill stand by that 8. for an album in the pop-punk genre, this is good.

if you liked motion city soundtrack, which i do, then you'll like this.

if you're looking for blink, you wont find it. simple.

and yes, this is a lot better then ava. i always preffered marks songs over toms though.

Anonymous (November 14, 2006)

It's always reviews like these that get the Blink fans to post, like weevils crawling out of the woodwork of a house. Not trying to diss on the fans, but the way some people are saying that this is not as good as 182, makes me think that we have set a fairly low bar, and this album did not pass it.

I understand the comparison, since it is a Blink 182 side project, but I'm just saying that when you are putting Blink 182 on a pedestal to judge this album, there are probably way better pop-punk albums out there to listen to.

GlassPipeMurder (November 14, 2006)

wentzequalsdeath's comment about 10 spaces down was golden.

Anonymous (November 14, 2006)

the review's okay but the score's too generous

the new brand new CD I could see with eight stars

but this, no. it's not so much opinion as...gah. you're 17 so shit like this still excites you upon first listen but I guarentee within the month you won't be listening to it anymore.

inflating scores gives the rest of the reviewers on this site a bad rep when they really don't deserve it.

sumblinkkid (November 14, 2006)

ive heard about half of this album i think its decent, i also think it basically sounds like blink 182s last album

benz (November 14, 2006)

waaay better than Angels and Airwaves. But it's not revolutionary or anything.
-benz

Anonymous (November 14, 2006)

punk reviews please?

Anonymous (November 14, 2006)

its ok but definetly forgettable

Anonymous (November 14, 2006)

Dude Ranch, Enema, Cheshire, are so much better than this album. A little fast pased Blink stlye punk rock would be refreshing. This plus 44 album is not that great. also, cliff diving the supposed (blink style song) sucks. it is slow, and boring. newer blink was O.K. but no where near as good as old Blink. I had really really high hoped for this one. damn.

Anonymous (November 14, 2006)

What happened to Mark writing good fast punk songs like Dude ranch era. Those dude ranch songs are still good ten years later, and this plus 44 stuff is boring and bland.

Anonymous (November 14, 2006)

HAHA he called the band nerds!!!

somegirl (November 14, 2006)

I didn't read the review yet but I already know 8 is too high.

Anonymous (November 14, 2006)

to the post below, what was the crowd like @ 9:30-oldpunker

Anonymous (November 14, 2006)

i saw them in DC last night, they put on a fun show. I got the CD... mine is green though instead of blue, do they have different colors to get for the cover?

Anonymous (November 14, 2006)

Colin, I'm totally with you in wishing that Mark would have experimented more. It sounds like he just wants this be be Blink-182. At least Tom experimented a little bit more. It's just too bad that all of his experimenting ended up being U2 rip-offs.

Anonymous (November 14, 2006)

Have not heard it yet, but will give it a try, score is for me giving it a try-oldpunker-

colin (November 14, 2006)

well to back up my previous comments about crazytoledo being deaf:

1. the lyrics on this are worse than piss poor. like, dude ranch had decent lyrics for being a pop punk record and that was 10 years ago. it seems like in 10 years mark has only learned to write worse. there is a lot of cringeworthy stuff on here.

2. they obviously don't care about the album packaging, which is too bad.

3. this thing lacks any sort of emotive feeling. this is mark's all "pissed off at tom, back in rock" album and it sounds like britney spears.

4. the weird addition of female vocals on a couple songs, all towards the end, gives the album a very disjointed feeling that is like "well we liked these as demos, and even though they don't all fit... it's better than havingi to write new material after the girl leaves, so let's put them on there."

5. most of the guitar work sounds like dudes trying to be blink 182.

all that being said, it's about 20 times better than the heaping pile of shit that is angels and airwaves. this is radio rock at it's most mediocre, and i was really hoping mark would experiment into something more daring than blink - not something safer.

wallofyouth (November 14, 2006)

the cover art looks like the design team from the last blink album broke up but 2 of the guys stuck around and made a record cover that looks sorta like the old one but just isn't very good. bearing in mind that the last one wasn't good either.

Anonymous (November 14, 2006)

much better than angels and airwaves. its closer to blinks style, and mark has always been the better vocalist/lyricist and songwriter. and travis can drum circles around atom willard (willard is good though). its catchier, has more variety and is just better in all aspects. that song w/ the girl though, sounds like a potal service ripoff. you know that duet song on give up. yea. and i agree w/ the MCS comparison, and thats a good thing since I love MCS. Hoppus's time producing them definitely influenced what he was working on. better than the blink s/t as well as AVA. but overall, I'll still take 'enema of the state' or 'jacket' or 'dude ranch' over this. or maybe its just because i was a teenager when those came out and now i'm 26.

Paul

Anonymous (November 14, 2006)

all i have to say is tom is a pompus asshole and became an emo bitch! if you wanna hear tom whine into the mirco, like he is having his first orgasm, then listen to angels and airwaves! i personally haven't heard 44 yet but i am sure it is way better!

crazytoledo (November 14, 2006)

It felt weird cranking Blink 182 in my car. Especially since I haven't really listened to any of their songs since like junior high / freshmen year and that was on the radio when someone else was driving. Now I got my license and was jamming Blink 182 it was kinda strange. But anyway, some of those songs are extremly catchy and fun songs to listen to.

tenwestchaser (November 14, 2006)

"I think, Mark & Travis and Tom need to just kiss and make up because they really only made fun music together."

How about they don't. Remember that steaming sack of shit they put out as a self titled album? Umm....no thanks, I really don't want another sad excuse from a band who used to be good. From what I've heard so far, I'll just stick with 44. Angels And Airwaves suck.

crazytoledo (November 14, 2006)

b. i can take all the criticism people dish out. i just usually argue back.

So do I. That's one thing that is a major advantage of a review posted on a website compared to a review in a magazine. The reader can state their opinion, and the reviewer can respond to it. The only problem with this interaction is a lot of people post pointless comments like 'you suck,' 'this band sucks,' or my personal favorites 'if you dont like this band you're gay' and 'if you don't like them, don't post negative comments here.'

Anonymous (November 14, 2006)

I post annonymously because I forgot my username and password. But I did post the "unprofessional" comment. My name is Luke if you hate anonymity (spelling?). I think it takes credibility away from your own reviews when you post comments like those. It's fine to argue, but make some points, not just exclamations. I actually agree with you on the 5/10, though.

Marko630 (November 14, 2006)

i really wanted this to be good
so obviosly when i listened to the entire album i was dissapointed. still wayyy better then AVA. best song lycanthrope. i wish this album was good. so long blink 182

colin (November 14, 2006)

It looks really unprofessional when the reviewer who can't take criticism, himself, posts the above quote to another reviewer on the same site.
I didn't even like the record near as much as crazytoledo, but, GODDAMN!!! That was really unproffesional.


a. i was really drunk. not an excuse, just a reason.

b. i can take all the criticism people dish out. i just usually argue back.

c. when i start writing for a music magazine, i'll worry about professionalism. as for now, this is an internet website. i didn't disguise my comment by posting anonymously, i did it under my username.

d. anyone who posts here can be another reviewer. it's a submission-based website.

and to crazytoledo: yeah 6/10 when i first heard it. after listening for a couple weeks i'd say it's no more than 5.

vjonnyv (November 14, 2006)

I'll get it later today.

crazytoledo (November 14, 2006)

I remember Colin originally saying this on the album:

mediocre at best

some of the music is interesting, some is just boring

6/10.


Hmm, so I obviously liked it more, but your comment made it come off like you really hated this album.

TheKidsCanEatABagOfDicks (November 14, 2006)

Ok disc but over all it was a little underwhelming.

PatThetic (November 14, 2006)

This cd sucks

Weezley (November 14, 2006)

Pretty excited to get this cd. From what I've heard on it i like it alot.

brodave_17 (November 14, 2006)

"It looks really unprofessional when the reviewer who can't take criticism, himself, posts the above quote to another reviewer on the same site.
I didn't even like the record near as much as crazytoledo, but, GODDAMN!!! That was really unproffesional."

i didnt know that us fools on this site is professionals...glad to see that you're back maverick

Anonymous (November 14, 2006)

Not the greatest record I've heard but it's an enjoyable listen for what it is. First track I heard was actually "Make You Smile" and I thought the band was a Postal Service rip off :P.

Anonymous (November 14, 2006)

"are you fuckng SERIOUS?!

8/10?!?

are you goddamn deaf!?

jesus fucking christ"

It looks really unprofessional when the reviewer who can't take criticism, himself, posts the above quote to another reviewer on the same site.
I didn't even like the record near as much as crazytoledo, but, GODDAMN!!! That was really unproffesional.

Anonymous (November 14, 2006)

I really enjoyed the album. Make You Smile, Baby Come On, No It Isn't, and Chapter XIII are probably my favorites. If you even slightly enjoyed the older Blink releases, you should at least check it out.

maverick (November 14, 2006)

SuperRad nailed it right on the head. Seconded.

-Scott

upthepunx13 (November 14, 2006)

the best post 182 project iv heard but still not great. too many fillers. never was a big fan of blnk either though.

SuperRad (November 14, 2006)

4 stars is too much. This is ok, but I wanted more. A lot of filler and a few really cool songs.

Anonymous (November 14, 2006)

Good review. I disagree though.
See, I think both the 44 and Angels & Airwaves albums have some good songs on them. However, neither record has any flavor or lasting power. Despite the good songs on each, ultimately, they are both boring records; records that no matter how many times I listen to them, I keep hitting the "next-track" button, because I want something more.
I think, Mark & Travis and Tom need to just kiss and make up because they really only made fun music together.

m-oo (November 14, 2006)

Nice review. I'd give it a 7.

p.s 44 is so not punk...yada yada

Anonymous (November 14, 2006)

pretty good album. some great tracks, some mediocre ones and a couple bad ones.
-cuapunkradio

mcgregor107 (November 14, 2006)

wow.. i think i've gotta check this out now.. credibility on the line!

Anonymous (November 14, 2006)

In all honesty, it's not as bad as I thought it would be, but I doubt I will spend money on it. Definitely better than Angels and Airwaves though.

almostpunkenough (November 14, 2006)

there's a few killer songs on here. just too hit or miss.

Jimbojones (November 14, 2006)

Meh, it's not the worst thing i've ever heard. It'll be forgetable, thats for sure, But it's better then i expected.

- James

Anonymous (November 14, 2006)

Good review, good album. Haters gonna hate.

kvzuky (November 14, 2006)

crazytoledo should be banned from reviewing albums

Anonymous (November 14, 2006)

better than ava: yes. Better than blink : NO. I miss good ole fast punk songs Mark used to write, why can't he incorporate some of those on this album?? Mark wrote the coolest songs on Dude Ranch, I was hoping for a couple new gems on this album.

Anonymous (November 14, 2006)

Not a bad album if you were ever a blink fan.

Anonymous (November 14, 2006)

angels and airwaves is ten times better. fucken 44 suck ass man WOW. fucken travis barker even sounds liek shit on this and hes the drum god

branden (November 14, 2006)

im w/ skaboob on this one, even though i dont really like either band

Vincent_M (November 14, 2006)

"are you fuckng SERIOUS?!

8/10?!?

are you goddamn deaf!?

jesus fucking christ"

Well, to be fair, it's not as good as Atreyu's 'A Death Grip On Yesterday.'

Anonymous (November 14, 2006)

Meh, I'm happy for Mark Hoppus.

fritobandito (November 14, 2006)

I've been listening to this album quite a bit. I really and truly enjoy it a lot, which surprises me. It's catchy as all hell, and, obviously, a fucking shit-ton better than that Angels & Airwaves bullshit was. Mark and Travis seemed to be content to stick to what they know and do well, and what they know and do well is catchy ass pop songs.

I was kind of hoping for more Barker-like cymbal action, but besides that, I really like this album a lot. This and the new Brand New are going to be the best shit on the radio next year.

colin (November 14, 2006)

are you fuckng SERIOUS?!

8/10?!?

are you goddamn deaf!?

jesus fucking christ

Anchors (November 14, 2006)

The title track is the best thing on here, but there's some really, really solid songs on here. Leaps and bounds ahead of A&A.

Anonymous (November 14, 2006)

man what sweet album art. i hope the music matches it.

nocigar (November 14, 2006)

I liked this, "Lycanthrope", "155", and "Little Death" have been on my playlist for a while now, just catchy.

BrendanKelly (November 14, 2006)

it's not good

Anonymous (November 14, 2006)

my really long internet penis didn't get sucked.

Anonymous (November 14, 2006)

Good review Toledo, though that first paragraph could use a little tweaking. Haven't heard this album, but will probably check it out now.

Anonymous (November 14, 2006)

8 stars for this? wow... low standards

GlassPipeMurder (November 14, 2006)

the first half is decent, but the second half is terribly weak.

MrStylson (November 14, 2006)

This album surprised me. I expected it to at least be better than "we don't need to whisper" but I figured it'd also be pretty forgettable. It was generally my understanding that Delonge could write some great melodies, and Hoppus would focus them. It appears I underestimated Mark's abilities at writing.

"155", "No It Isn't", "Chapter XIII", and the title track are my top songs from it.

score is for the album and not thinking that you're Jesus.

sickboi (November 14, 2006)

My really long Riot Fest review didn't get posted :(

That's because the Fest hangover hasn't worn off yet. BEAST COAST, FUCK YOU! :)

skaboom (November 14, 2006)

I will get enormous amounts of shit for this, but I actually like Angels & Airwaves better. Like, a lot better.

saint_nick (November 14, 2006)

this album is good but it needs tom delonge. old tom, not new jesus freak tom.

GlassPipeMurder (November 14, 2006)

disappointing considering the lineup.
8 for this and 2 for Aiden? i'd say they are equally mediocre.

theonetruebill (November 14, 2006)

My really long Riot Fest review didn't get posted :(

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