We Don't Need to Whisper Angels and Airwaves' Tom DeLonge spent most of his 20s earning millions as a surrogate teen in blink-182 — the pop-punk trio that reveled in… We Don't Need to Whisper Angels and Airwaves' Tom DeLonge spent most of his 20s earning millions as a surrogate teen in blink-182 — the pop-punk trio that reveled in… 2006-05-23 Angels and Airwaves Rock
Music Review

We Don't Need to Whisper (2006)

EW's GRADE
B-

Details Release Date: May 23, 2006; Lead Performance: Angels and Airwaves; Genre: Rock

Angels and Airwaves' Tom DeLonge spent most of his 20s earning millions as a surrogate teen in blink-182 — the pop-punk trio that reveled in its bratty faux adolescence. Now that blink's on hiatus, he's free to explore the influences — the Cure, War-era U2, Pink Floyd — that the band began to move toward on its almost-all-grown-up 2003 self-titled CD. If only DeLonge's nasal vocals on We Don't Need to Whisper were more suited to the Robert Smith romanticism of tracks like ''It Hurts''; unfortunately, he often sounds like a high school kid working the drive-through mic at Del Taco.

Originally posted May 19, 2006 Published in issue #878 May 26, 2006 Order article reprints
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