Features
Reviews
Must Hear Music
Reviews Archives
Archives
Bargain Basement
Downloads
Music DVD
Upstart
Pipsqueaks
 
 
 
Features
Reviews
Archives
Send Us Mail
Contact Us
 
 

+44
When Your Heart Stops Beating
Interscope Records
www.plusfortyfour.com


Adulthood doesn't wear well on Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker. Back when they wore their immaturity as a badge, they put porn stars and cows on their Blink-182 album covers and sang goofy punk songs about aliens and attention deficit disorders. Of course, even then they sang angry songs of breakup and loneliness, but you could skip over them to the song about an obsession with Princess Leia.

No such luck with +44, the new project for two-thirds of Blink-182. The main differences with the new band are a new, depressing seriousness and some electronic programming. Though Barker keeps bragging about the new band being completely different from Blink-182, this is akin to Ben Gibbard claiming The Postal Service is a huge departure from Death Cab For Cutie. Replacing guitars with computers isn't a new band. It's a computer project.

Fans who stuck with Blink-182 to the end despite clashing egos and mediocre balladry will likely appreciate +44. Hoppus still writes familiar, catchy pop-punk hooks and driving bass lines. But he's not goofing off anymore. The album opens "I wake up at the end of a long, dark lonely year/ It's bringing out the worst in me." It doesn't let up much from there, with a sad song cycle about depressed, drunk girls, death and breakups.

The heaviest electronica comes in the middle of the album, most notably in the minute-long "Interlude," which had some additional programming help from superproducer Dan "The Automator" Nakamura.

Carol Heller of Get The Girl was reportedly the original vocalist, and her voice remains on one track, the pretty mid-tempo duet "Make You Smile." She was otherwise replaced by two guitarists with that old pop-punk sound. Maybe if they had stuck with her, we would be hearing a radically different project. As it stands, the songs remain the same.

-Steve Graham

Track Listing
1. Lycanthrope
2. Baby Come On
3. When Your Heart Stops Beating
4. Little Death
5. 155
6. Lillian
7. Cliff Diving
8. Interlude
9. Weatherman
10. No, It Isn't
11. Make You Smile
12. Chapter 13

Check out more reviews

Talk Back
e-mail the chief

Like this article?
e-mail it to a friend!

 


Mike Doughty



Pink Floyd

-------


South By Southwest 2014
David DeVoe

South By Southwest 2013
David DeVoe

Red Hook Music Festival
George Dow

SXSW 2012
David DeVoe

Our Favorite Records 2011
Hybrid Staff

AWOLNation
Rachel Fredrickson

Kanrocksas
Rachel Fredrickson

Warped Tour 2011
Rachel Fredrickson

Eddie Spaghetti
Melissa Skrbic-Huss

Murder By Death
Mike DeLeo


Mike Doughty
Boulder, CO

Epilogues
Denver, CO

Imagine Dragons
Denver, CO

Sebadoh
Cambridge, MA

Young Magic
Denver, CO

Warped Tour 2012
Denver, CO

Thrice
Denver, CO

Mike Doughty
Denver, CO

MuteMath
Kansas City, MO

Other Lives
Lawrence, KS

Los Campesinos
Boston, MA

The Civil Wars
Lawrence, KS

Ha Ha Tonka
Lawrence, KS

Thrice
Lawrence, KS


 
hybridmagazine.com is updated daily except when it isn't.
New film reviews are posted every week like faulty clockwork.
Wanna write for hybrid? Send us an e-mail.
© 1996-2009 [noun] digital media. All rights reserved worldwide. All content on hybridmagazine.com and levelheadedmusic.com is the intellectual property of Hybrid Magazine and its respective creators. No part of hybridmagazine.com or levelheadedmusic.com may be reproduced in any format without expressed written permission. For complete masthead and physical mailing address, Click Here.