Posted by: will | May 5, 2007

Plus 44…

Plus 44 “When Your Heart Stops Beating” (Interscope)


In looking over some of the 2006 albums I failed to review I found that I had never given Plus 44’s debut the special treatment. The fact that I took the time to review Angels and Airwaves and not Plus 44 bugged the crap out of me. So, I felt I had to rectify the situation. For those not in the know, Plus 44 is a new band from 2/3 of Blink-182…vocalist/guitarist Mark Hoppus and drummer Travis Barker to be exact.

If you don’t know by now, I love(d) Blink so look away if you feel differently. If you were disappointed with Angels and Airwaves (and who wasn’t by the way?) and were looking for something a little more akin to Blink, well, you should find a lot to love about Plus 44. The voice of Hoppus adds a certain sense of familiarity to Plus 44. Not only that, Plus 44 are much akin to latter-era Blink. Plus 44 are not trying to change the face of music like Angels and Airwaves, they just want to write some good pop songs. What Blink fan can not appreciate that? That’s not to say that Plus 44 is a Blink copycat though. Plus 44 are more mature at their core. The songs are infectious, yet still introspective. The band delves into electronics a good bit. There are more somber and reflective tracks on When Your Heart Stops Beating. There is even the addition of female vocals on a track which works remarkably well. Surprisingly, with each new listen, I realize that When Your Heart Stops Beating is a rousing success.

The band would have been well-advised to push back the release date for this album to the spring of 2007. This album is such a spring treat and it’s a shame it was released in the middle of November last year. When Your Heart Stops Beating certainly will not change any lives. However, I have a feeling this album will see more and more spins as the weather continues to get warmer. And for the record, Plus 44 > Angels and Airwaves.

RIYL: Blink, Blink, Blink


Plus 44 – Lycanthrope (mp3)

Plus 44 – Little Death (mp3)

Plus 44 – When Your Heart Stops Beating (video)



  1. […] made a crappy new band with a crappy name, but I didn’t know that Mark and Travis had started their own, slightly better, band. This song is okay, the band is okay. It’s just like sort of when the Beatles broke up […]

  2. they’ll have you suicidal suicida. Karolyn Leanne.

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