When Your Heart Stops Beating

When Your Heart Stops Beating

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Of the two groups that appeared from the ashes of blink-182's 2005 implosion -- the Tom DeLonge-headed Angels and Airwaves and Mark Hoppus/Travis Barker-helmed +44 -- it's refreshing to see that at least one of them (i.e., the latter) realized that moving on from the past didn't necessarily mean turning your

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Of the two groups that appeared from the ashes of blink-182's 2005 implosion -- the Tom DeLonge-headed Angels and Airwaves and Mark Hoppus/Travis Barker-helmed +44 -- it's refreshing to see that at least one of them (i.e., the latter) realized that moving on from the past didn't necessarily mean turning your back on it. On their debut, When Your Heart Stops Beating, +44 has managed to balance out upbeat rockers and somber introspections to create a record that is thoughtful and composed, yet fun, and almost like the album blink could have made had they stuck together. This is alternative rock derived from guys with pop-punk pasts, but it's much more reserved than expected, meaty hooks and cheeky exuberance not oozing out of every corner. Its sober and meditative qualities aren't completely surprising -- after all, the blink breakup didn't leave ex-members unscathed -- but +44's infectious and stomping first single, "When Your Heart Stops Beating," is a bit misleading since nothing here is quite as immediate as that song. Toned down doesn't mean tedious, however, and the album gets better with each listen. +44's initial focus was on electronics, and though that ultimately took a backseat to guitar-driven rock, it's still present as an undercurrent throughout. This coupled with the clean and tight playing of guitarists Craig Fairbaugh and Shane Gallagher, whose contributions are key to the band's effectiveness, gives +44 a distinct sound away from both blink-182's punk recklessness and Angels and Airwaves' forced grandeur. Bitterness creeps into many songs -- this is definitely a post-band-breakup album -- and tracks like "No, It Isn't" are blatant stabs at Hoppus and Barker's now-strained relationship with DeLonge ("Please understand, this isn't just goodbye, this is I can't stand you"). But not every song is overtly focused on that drama, evidenced in cuts like the summery "Cliffdiving" and the especially lovely electro-piano-based "Make You Smile," which features Carol Heller (briefly a member of +44 in its initial phase). Somber tracks like "Weatherman" and "Little Death" are some of the moodiest songs Hoppus has ever sung, but nothing here feels forced, so it's easy to forgive him when things don't always hit the mark. Plus, he does a much more convincing job fronting a new project than DeLonge; his vocals meld nicely with the sonic structure of +44 to allow the band its own identity instead of just conjuring images of skateboards and Hurley shirts at every turn. Even with its flaws, When Your Heart Stops Beating possesses a surprising vulnerability, which gives the album an understated strength and makes it such an enjoyable listen. This is light-years away from the pretension of Angels and Airwaves, and an unexpected treat from a band that really sounds like it has a future together.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/14/2006
Label:
Interscope Records
UPC:
0602517079588
catalogNumber:
000775402
Rank:
31575

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Performance Credits

+44   Primary Artist
Mark Hoppus   Bass Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Travis Barker   Drums,Keyboards,Group Member
Craig Fairbaugh   Group Member
Shane Gallagher   Group Member
Kevin Bivona   Keyboards
Chris Holmes   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Irving Azoff   Management
Jerry Finn   Producer
Mark Hoppus   Producer,Audio Production
Travis Barker   Producer,Audio Production
Daniel Jensen   Drum Technician
Eric Hellman   Management
Kevin Bivona   Programming
Jonathan Kalter   Management
Chris Siglin   Artwork
Chris Holmes   Programming,Engineer

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When Your Heart Stops Beating 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After hearing this cd once and twice like if it was needed, it was obvious that this cd lacked harmony, and melody. Some songs are good but as a whole it leaves so much to ask for. Sorry Mark but for me the next band in the horizon is AVA. The reviewer on top who underrated AVA must not have time to fully understand the meaning of the songs as well as their music. Sorry but the same can't be said here. Better Luck next time Mark, Travis. Travis is good as was with The Transplants.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ok so Tom went to create Angels & Airwaves, and Mark and Travis landed here. These new bands have 2 competely different sounds, and I think it is impossible to accurately compare them. I do disagree to a certain extent with the official reviewer of the CD who obviously does not share the passion for AVA's genre of music. But I can see where he's coming from. That aside, +44 sounds like a promising start to a great band. I cannot help but think of Blink when I hear them though which is okay but Blink is over, and I believe they should try a little to find a sound more "all-their-own" if you will. But by all means, this is an excellent album, and I would recommend it to any Blink fan. But please don't compare +44 and Angels & Airwaves because they have two completely different sounds.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Let me start off this review by saying that this is really what I had imagined how Blink-182 would sound like in their follow up album to their self-titled ablum of 2003. +44 as most of you well know is composed of two former blink members(Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker), and composed of two other members Shane Gallagher and Craig Fairbaugh. The songs are all pretty catchy and easy to dance to, but there are also some sad and slower songs. All in all, +44 is the best band to come out of the Blink-182 split, and their debut CD is a testament to their past and I hope to hear something new from these guys soon.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i love this band and the previous bands asotiated with them
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is not a disc I would have picked up, The album art is, frankly, crap. A buddy picked it up while we were in Nashville and spun it while we were driving around. WOW. There are very few albums that I fall in love with immediately (Eagles-Hotel California. Willie Nelson-Red Headed Stranger, GnR-Appetite for Destruction, Pantera-Vulgar Display of Power, Third Eye Blind-debut and a few others" this is one of those discs. Guess I should remember the old saying about judging a book by its cover. Of course everyone wants to compare this to Angles and Airways. All I will say on the subject is the true talent in Blink was/is Travis Barker, and Mark Hpus did well to continue on with him. AVA has left me cold, +44 is in heavy rotation in my home/car/ipod. what higher praise can I give than that?
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is the kind of album that you'll never get tired of. you'll never get tired of the songs. i listen to them every single day over and over again. some of the songs are kind of like blink-182 and some are really different which we all love. +44 are geniuses and i can't wait to hear their next record!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I can't wait this is going to be the best band!
Guest More than 1 year ago
the (+44) album is a must-have, especially for blink fans!! while the breakup of blink-182 (the most influencial band of my LIFE) was wayy harsh, im accepting and supporting all 3 members as they go their seperate way and musically experiment. sorry tom delonge, i LOVE you, but AVA was a definite diasaster. droning and slow songs...?? no. it didnt work on me, atleast... but (+44)'s sound is just awsome. mark went all out on wrting great, deep lyrics, some of the best stuff he's ever written. ofcourse travis did awesome on drums once again. all teh songs are catchy, fun, melodic, relatable~ everything u can expect from former blink members... hey atleast they didnt go space cadet like a certain someone haha!! but seriously, a great album, worth the BUY and the listen. probably close to what the "next" blink album wouldve sounded like if it wouldve happened. support (+44) go buy it now!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really like this one. It looks like too many people haven't but it's worth the price of the cd and makes great driving music. Don't expect Blink and it's nothing like Angels and Airwaves, and it's great because it's none of those things.