When Your Heart Stops Beating

Album Review of When Your Heart Stops Beating by (+44).

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When Your Heart Stops Beating

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When Your Heart Stops Beating by (+44)

Release Date: Nov 14, 2006
Record label: Interscope
Genre(s): Rock, Alternative

70 Music Critic Score
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When Your Heart Stops Beating - Fairly Good, Based on 1 Critics

AllMusic - 70
Based on rating 7/10
70

Of the two groups that appeared from the ashes of blink-182's 2005 implosion -- the Tom DeLonge-headed Angels and Airwaves and Mark Hoppus/Travis Barker-helmed +44 -- it's refreshing to see that at least one of them (i.e., the latter) realized that moving on from the past didn't necessarily mean turning your back on it. On their debut, When Your Heart Stops Beating, +44 has managed to balance out upbeat rockers and somber introspections to create a record that is thoughtful and composed, yet fun, and almost like the album blink could have made had they stuck together. This is alternative rock derived from guys with pop-punk pasts, but it's much more reserved than expected, meaty hooks and cheeky exuberance not oozing out of every corner.

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