Spin - p.823 stars out of 5
-- "'The Adventure' is at once seductively sleek and intriguingly complex."
Alternative Press - p.202
"Musically, there's no real gimmick; just lush instrumentation, chunky arena-rock riffing and some of the best anthems U2 forgot to include on THE JOSHUA TREE."
Kerrang (Magazine) - p.63
"[A] bold and brilliant debut...[With] some stunning moments of perfection. 'The Adventure' is a euphoric, soaring anthem..."
Personnel: Roger Joseph Manning, Jr. (keyboards); Danny Lohner (programming).
Audio Mixer: Tom Lord-Alge.
How do you know that former blink-182 leader Tom DeLonge intends for his post-blink project Angels and Airwaves to be taken seriously? Because throughout their debut album, We Don't Need to Whisper, he relies on sounds and textures borrowed from 1988, the era when college rock was filled with atmospheric sonics and earnest politics. Specifically, he layers delayed guitars ripped from U2 over soundscapes equally inspired by the Cure, New Order, Peter Gabriel, and The Unforgettable Fire, all in an attempt to fashion a modern-day protest record. The result might be less than successful, but it is interesting, particularly in how DeLonge's desire to be taken seriously has led him to use the serious music of his adolescence as a signifier that he's serious now. [This edition of We Don't Need to Whisper includes a bonus track.] ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine