We Don't Have to Whisper

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Blink-182 alum strikes out on his (yawn) own.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 13 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

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.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some references to drinking.

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byChris McCorkle April 9, 2008

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, g... Continue reading
Adult Written bywhovian85 April 9, 2008

It's ok

I only heard bits and pieces of this but I don't think sounds that bad. Actually it sort of sounds sort of like the 80's stuff I listen to. It's... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old February 8, 2014

This is why I got grounded once...

I got grounded once for listening to this album.
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"... Continue reading

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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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