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    +44: When Your Heart Stops Beating

    +44: When Your Heart Stops Beating

    After blink-182’s Tom DeLonge’s new band, Angels & Airwaves, was so successful earlier this year, there’s no doubt that Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker’s new band will do just as well. After all, both bands sound so similar to their old band that it would be easy to mistake +44 for blink-182.

    Although Hoppus and Barker added two new members, Shane Gallagher and Craig Fairbaugh, the same whiny and overlapping vocals of blink-182 are still intact on their first album, When Your Heart Stops Beating. So is the hard rock sound that comes from their regular use of the usual electronics, guitar, bass and drums.

    The new release has a different kind of energy that is more laid-back than past hits of blink-182, such as the relentless and blaring hits “”Josie”” and “”The Rock Show.””

    Maybe such high energy is only released when all three members are together.

    +44’s debut release should probably have commercial success with various catchy singles blink-182 fans should appreciate, such as “”Cliff Diving,”” “”When Your Heart Stops Beating”” and “”155.””

    With two of the three members of blink-182, this album has the potential of gaining serious mainstream popularity, similar to that of Tom DeLonge’s Angels & Airwaves.

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