When Your Heart Stops Beating review by +44

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  • Released: Nov 14, 2006
  • Sound: 7
  • Lyrics: 8
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 7.7 Good
  • Users' score: 8.8 (457 votes)
+44: When Your Heart Stops Beating

Sound — 7
This band has a wide range of sound that varies between songs. Some songs sound unadvanced, like your typical pop-punk band (Blink 182), while others have more of an electronic or '80s feel. The overall CD definately has a dark, saddening feel to it, with songs such as "Weatherman", "No It Isn't", and "Lillian", but there's also some brighter songs on the album; examples include "Cliff Diving", "Make You Smile", and "155". The songs on the album seem to drag you in. You listen to the whole song, you don't listen to part of one song then skip on to the next. The variety of sounds, instruments, and moods of the songs on the album make it enjoyable to listen to.

Lyrics — 8
With 13 years of practice, Mark Hoppus's lyrics have never been better. The lyrics tend to have a lasting impression on you, some of them you'll never forget. They go perfectly with the music; the band writes the musical aspect of their songs before writing the lyrics. The better songs on the album lyrically are "Weatherman" ("Let me slip away, I'm barely holding on"), "Chapter XIII" ("I'm scraped and sober but there's no one listening"), and "Lillian" ("Your heart is a grave to be perfectly honest, your mouth is a smoking gun").

Overall Impression — 8
This album is definately worth a listen; if you listen once, you'll most likely end up listening to it many, many times. The highlights of the album include the catchy, dynamic "Little Death", the first single "When Your Heart Stops Beating", and the 80's-esque, catchy track "155". You'll enjoy listening to it, although some of the songs do not have lasting value, and may seem boring or repetetive after many listens. Overall, it's a great first effort for the band, a great advancement from Blink 182, and a great listen.

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