Angels and Airwaves
We Don't Need to Whisper


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by loserblake USER (1 Reviews)
November 8th, 2011 | 25 replies | 2,946 views


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "We Don't Need To Whisper" was quite different from anything that his previous band, blink-182, had done. While many blink fans were disappointed, and some even rejected it completely, the album is unarguably special. Packed with lots of emotion, ambition

1 of 9 thought this review was well written

I first heard 'We Don't Need To Whisper' on June 11th, 2006. The first song "Valkyrie Missile" opened up the album with heavy synth. The first thing I thought to myself was "This is going to be a lot different from blink". I was correct. As the song built up and finally "exploded" into the verse, it immediately brought a strange sensation from deep within my heart. Since then, the only word I've been able to use to describe it is 'magical'. Having received a burned copy of the album, I was surprised that, when I actually bought a copy, the artwork was the same spacey imagery that I had imagined in my head.
"Valkyrie" ends with the statement "We're Angels & Airwaves" which, for me, was fitting for the feeling that I had that this was something special. As the anthemic "Distraction" comes in, the 'magical' feeling does not fade. In fact is maintains it's strength right into "Do It For Me Now" which returns to a darker atmosphere, similar to the opening track. Many people say that the whole album sounds the same... well of course it does. Granted, none of the songs stray much from the spacey-synth sound, but that's what makes the album great. It's one that is meant to be heard in it's entirety, almost as if it is one 50 minute song. If your mind is open, you will hear that each song has it's own special melody and "sound" to it. Every single song has a catchy hook to it, and not at the cost of great songs structure or lyrical depth.
"Do It For Me Now" fades into "The Adventure", and the album takes off into what I like to think of as... Well, an adventure. With pounding drums and a very distinctive guitar riff, the song is perfected with a catchy hook and an almost chilling outro. Some would say it is the highlight of the album, though I was initially more interested in the song that follows: "A Little's Enough".
I like to think of this track as a kind of interlude to the album, as if to highlight an important key concept to the album. The song has a strong melancholic undertone, with a sense (whether truly honest or not) that DeLonge "cares". "Love" has proven to be a very important aspect to AVA.
"The War" brings back the anthemic feel, and I'm not sure if that has anything to do with the fact that they're both about war. Either way, the song brings something special to the album... something powerful, and the sense of "magic" is amplified. The song ends with chanting, and leads into "The Gift", which brings back that spacey feel, and brings to my mind images of twinkling stars. It slows back down to a pace similar to "A Little's Enough", and isn't exactly a highlight of the album, but fits well.
Now, this is where I start to criticize a bit... the following track "It Hurts" sounds like a blink-182 song that was revamped to sound like AVA. It is a good song in itself, but does not fit the album well and would probably ruin the album if it wasn't so catchy and didn't have such a cool bridge/outro.
"Good Day" starts off with somewhat creepy whispers that state the name of the album, which is almost kind of clever. The song brings sense that the album is about to end, yet is relaxing and almost uplifting.
The bridge comes along with DeLonge singing 'da-da's in what almost seems like a variation of the chorus (also clever, in a musical way). The song ends with more 'da-da's into the albums closing track "Start the Machine", which has what I want to describe as an almost hip-hop beat, as well as a distinct intro on what I believe to be a xylophone (PLEASE correct me if I'm wrong, I want to know what the hell that is).
The song closes the album on the line "If love's a word that you say, just say it. I will listen", thus ending the album on a positive note, and leaves any listener with a good taste in music with a thirst for MORE.


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balcaen
November 8th 2011



3183 Comments


i read your review, i have other things to say but first and foremostly, USE SEPARATE PARAGRAPHS

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
November 8th 2011



49770 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

do

this

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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
November 8th 2011



49770 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

also tab



thatoneguy726
November 8th 2011



1630 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

yuck

WashboardSuds
November 8th 2011



4981 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

man I dislike this band

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JWT155
November 8th 2011



9205 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Fag.

SatelliteYears
November 8th 2011



190 Comments


Not a good review.

iFghtffyrdmns
November 9th 2011



7047 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I first heard 'We Don't Need To Whisper' on June 11th, 2006

Captivating! Exhilarating! Fantastic!!!

10/10 pos/pos m/ m/ m/

JWT155
November 9th 2011



9205 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Uh no you didn't...

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
November 9th 2011



23798 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I know I just recently said this in a Genesis thread but this bar graph is even more boner-inducing. Just look at it, it's fucking perfectly symmetrical. Semen everywhere, exiting my penis in a perfect parabola.

I read like half this review. Pretty bad man, sorry.

Sanders
November 9th 2011



2341 Comments


Packed with lots of emotion, ambition

Capablanca
November 9th 2011



204 Comments


Charts are like a perfect Gaussian distribution. It just needs a couple of 1's more.

letsgofishing
November 9th 2011



900 Comments


"The first thing I thought to myself was "This is going to be a lot different from blink". I was correct"

Well congratulations.

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MO
November 9th 2011



18218 Comments


"0 of 7 thought this review was well written"

ouch

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ThePac
November 9th 2011



219 Comments


'The bridge comes along with DeLonge singing 'da-da's in what almost seems like a variation of the chorus (also clever, in a musical way). The song ends with more 'da-da's into the albums closing track "Start the Machine", which has what I want to describe as an almost hip-hop beat, as well as a distinct intro on what I believe to be a xylophone (PLEASE correct me if I'm wrong, I want to know what the hell that is).'

where the fuck do i begin

Mewcopa0
November 9th 2011



1798 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

a horrible review for a horrible band's horrible side project.

Inveigh
November 9th 2011



24791 Comments


wait a second my name is blake...

THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE

Inveigh
November 9th 2011



24791 Comments


phew i feel a lot better now

North0House2
November 10th 2011



5808 Comments


Delete this review, Do It For me Now.

Oh ho ho, I am punny.

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loserblake
November 11th 2011



4 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Is there any way I can edit this? There are some things I'd like to change.
The fact that I didn't divide this into separate paragraphs is REALLY getting to me at this point. Also, the summary at the top was longer... I guess this site doesn't tell you that you've gone over the character limit.
Now for my critics... Looking back, I don't even think this is well written. There are lots of grammatical and structural errors in this review, which pisses me off. Sadly, I was on my second cup of coffee when I typed this up, so I wasn't exactly thinking straight.
HOWEVER, I would not change much of the actual content. Granted, I am very obviously a big blink/AVA fan, and this review is very biased. But that's just what you're going to get from me. I don't know much about writing reviews, so all this REALLY is is my opinion on this record. I think the entire thing is great, and it's hard for me to break it down and try to explain why. It's just my personal taste in music. So anyone who disagrees (there are a lot) can suck it. ;)



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