We Don't Have to Whisper



Blink-182 alum strikes out on his (yawn) own.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The whole album feels pretty anti-social; these guys sound cynical and depressed.


Some death and gun imagery; war metaphors.


Some mild innuendo, including talk of kissing and "laying here with me."


"F--k" and a couple of milder swear words: s--t. hell.

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Some references to drinking.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that there's a Parental Advisory on this CD, and we're still trying to figure out why. Lyrics are a lot tamer than the category usually implies, although there's one "F" word. There's some violent imagery and a general feeling of depression and hopelessness.

What's the story?

Former Blink-182 member Tom DeLonge's press release tells us that he would like people to listen to WE DON'T NEED TO WHISPER in a dark room, with black light and candles. "All I ask is 50 minutes of a lowered heart rate," he's quoted as saying.But listening to WE DON'T NEED TO WHISPER in a darkened room, lowered heart rate or not, seems like the formula for one big long nap -- but missing the great bedtime story. The songs are so melodically similar that it's hard to distinguish one from another. On the other hand, some wartime death-and-destruction imagery, a gun and a death metaphor or two, and a "hell" or "bulls--t" here and there don't exactly support the "lowered heart rate" ambiance.

Is it any good?


To summarize Angels & Airwaves' debut CD: Ten intense, badly written, monotonous songs. Whiny lead vocals. Overly synthesized instrumental tracks in a mushy mix. A handful of swear words (we're still trying to figure out why the Parental Advisory rating). The band does provide an instant or two of distraction, but for the most part, plodding songwriting plagues this project from beginning to end.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what happens when an artist strikes out on his or her own after being part of a well-known group. What sorts of pressures does the artist face? What are the advantages? Do you prefer Angels & Airwaves to Blink-182?

Music details

Artist:Angels & Airwaves
Release date:May 23, 2006
Label:Geffen Records
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:Yes

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Teen, 17 years old Written byTwombs34 April 9, 2008


First and foremost whatever "mature" adult gave the content rating for the album needs to do some more research on the CD before the criticize it. The "F word" and hell are nowhere in the lyrics. And a reference to drinking? Tom mentions drinking twice in the cd (AND ONE OF THEM WAS A REFERENCE). And war? Tom preaches about the dark side of war. Popular poets in your childrens liturature books make references to death and suicide. Does this mean you should "guide" your teen not to read the Bible, Watch war based news, or expierence poetry?
Kid, 11 years old February 8, 2014

This is why I got grounded once...

I got grounded once for listening to this album.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Teen, 17 years old Written byHennex December 27, 2011

Reviewer is ignorant, wrong.

The first sign that whoever wrote this is an idiot: The album is called "We Don't Need to Whisper", not "We Don't Have to Whisper". One of the main lines in one song is "I think I like today. I think it's good." That's pretty depressing, right? The song is called Good Day. Depression and Hopelessness? That's absolutely false. So many uplifting themes. The war imagery? It isn't violent, it's just a perspective on the war inside people's heads. But a lot of it focuses on finding inner peace. The reviewer was clearly ignorant of all themes on this album. Even the title.
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