When Your Heart Stops Beating (Interscope) 13/11/2006
Wow, this is a spin-off from two members of the now defunct Blink 182
(Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker), and it sounds absolutely NOTHING like
their former band. Except for the guitars, the drums, the vocals, the
tunes and the production. Oh and the bass.
Seriously though, I shouldnt put them down for not pulling on
their big trousers; after all, Blink 182 were well known
for not taking themselves too seriously and that was part of the appeal
of the band to all their fans. And lets be honest, they were never
a particularly offensive band, despite their alarming penchant for public
There are some very catchy tunes here, not least Baby Come On,
the title track and the infinitely likeable early eighties keyboard
wizardry of 155, the best track on the album by some distance.
Anyway, whilst neither Blink 182 nor +44 are likely to ever dent a hole
in my personal Top 1000 Artists list, theyre equally
unlikely to make me want to ram the stereo up the nearest emo-punks