We Don't Have to Whisper

Common Sense Media says

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.

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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
AGENot rated for age


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?
Adult Written byChris McCorkle April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age

Great side project!

If you ever listened to the last Blink 182 album, you would not be anywhere near surprised by Tom Delonge's latest creation: Angels and Airwaves. First, great concept. Very captivating (for my taste), very hopeful, and very deep. Second, excellent sound. Each and every note is placed perfectly and each song is a beautiful melody all on its own, but upon finishing the album, you'd think it was all a medley. Very positive and hopeful- not depressing overall. Thirdly, but sadly, the lyrics are so, so fuzzy. What the heck is he talking about? There is such a strong image and idea communicated by the album art and parts of the music video for "The Adventure," but there seems to be no flow in lyrical content from song to song. One song you hear "I wake up and I'm alive" to "It hurts, it hurts, it hurts" to "I'll be your distraction" to "A little more love" to "You know I won't say sorry..." What does this have to do with space, apparent world war, and the future with a retro twist? Why is Tom walking around in a field with a leather jacket on? No reason. And it's because of this poorly executed lyrical assault of confusion that this album is not having the effect on its audience Angels and Airwaves aimed for.
Teen, 14 years old Written bymatt_m April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age


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