Angels and Airwaves
Stomping The Phantom Brake Pedal


4.0
excellent

Review

by tmagistrelli USER (18 Reviews)
February 14th, 2013 | 30 replies | 5,564 views


Release Date: 01/08/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Finally.

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

Ever since the project of Angels and Airwaves started in 2006, the group has set some lofty expectations that many fans have been wishing they would obtain. When the group formed, lead singer Tom Delonge said that this would be the "best music we have heard in decades." And there were times when that claim has completely missed the mark such as 2nd effort I-Empire. However there were also times when that claim has actually come close to fruition, such as Love Part II, which instrumentally was a masterpiece. Critics have come to either love or hate Tom Delonge's "I've Gone to mars and back" vocal execution. However many could argue that these vocals are the Achilles Heel of the sound the band has always aimed for. So with their newest EP Stomping The Phantom Brake Pedal which is a split work, these new tracks find the super group finally reaching the heights they have set for themselves. These are followed by remixes of fan favorite tracks which unfortunately deter from the quality work that precedes it.

Reviewing this work based on tracks would be unfair to the group. You feel the band had the full intention of this work being listened to in succession. The band finally does the bold thing throughout this release, and pulls the plug on Delonge's microphone (in exception of the last 90 seconds of "The Diary where he is phased out with phaser and vocoder) and just plays for three tracks lasting roughly 15 minutes. With this being done, the band finally achieves the sound the they have sought for with an sonic exposition through space (at least in your mind) without distraction. Master percussionist Ilan Rubin has one of the finest performances of his career through the drums that become the full beating heart of the music. Synthesizers for once are also expertly placed, mainly on "New Blood". For the first time in the career of the band the synthesizers are not used for lackadaisical effects. You actually feel the music, and the synthesizers add the flair necessary. For once you finally feel like the band is taking you to new heights, rather than just floating around waiting to be taken off the Earth.

This superb feeling is ruined by some oddball remixes thrown in the last 5 tracks of the EP. These remakes of some of their best songs such as "Surrender" and "Saturday Love" basically throw the originals of these tracks on a higher pedestal. They're pretty pointless, and quite frankly, not warranted on this otherwise spectacular release.

The group finally did something here. They reached the sound here they have always aimed for. It may be the complete realization of the groups (Tom Delonge's?) ambition. It also may be that they finally listened to their critiques. However, if this work continues on future releases, dare I say we will continue be taken to the stars. Which in the end, is what Tom and Company ultimately aim for.

”Breathe, Looking at the air flow, taking in a ray of light, stretching across the long coast.”



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tmagistrelli
February 14th 2013



714 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

always, critiques are welcome, and probably necessary. if you were one of the first views please refresh and view again. I made some changes to the grammar errors

foxxxythnksustnk
February 14th 2013



2132 Comments


so wait this is mostly instrumental or

foxxxythnksustnk
February 14th 2013



2132 Comments


so wait this is mostly instrumental or

tmagistrelli
February 14th 2013



714 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yep, fully. in exception to the last 2 minutes or so of the first track.

tmagistrelli
February 14th 2013



714 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CScerFFUp3Y

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
February 14th 2013



19466 Comments


nice job your reviews are getting better this was pretty easy to read. pos

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tmagistrelli
February 14th 2013



714 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks atari, always on my pop-punk, or hybrid reviews. hahahah

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
February 14th 2013



19466 Comments


no problem i like AVA and yellowcard so that's prolly why

Mookid
February 14th 2013



1294 Comments


Wow, this sounds great. Awesome review too, I loved We Don't Need to Whisper with a passion, so this will peak my interest for sure.



tmagistrelli
February 14th 2013



714 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i was nearly deterred because people TRASHED it on itunes, but decided to buy it after i listened to the link above. It's like a love part II without vocals, in some instances

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
February 14th 2013



19466 Comments


lol why would you listen to to what people say on itunes those people have awful taste which is apparent when you look at the top albums on itunes on any given day.

tmagistrelli
February 14th 2013



714 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

that is very true, but im a firm believer in buying any song through itunes. so i saw it as i was about to buy it. hahahah

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
February 14th 2013



19466 Comments


diary rules. it's weird that love part 2 is your favorite AVA though that's my least favorite album by them.

tmagistrelli
February 14th 2013



714 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i thought it was the most instrument to synthesizer advanced. the songs are the most cliche and poppy though but it stuck. we dont... was great after that they kinda fell off for me until love2

Crawl
February 14th 2013



1557 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

YES

tmagistrelli
February 14th 2013



714 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

crawl we agree on something

"good review but I hate your tastes"

that was you right? hahaha

Crawl
February 14th 2013



1557 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Yeah because I hate your taste. Anyway, Reels are sweet

Calc
February 14th 2013



12024 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

am i cool cuz i rated this first?

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nononsense
February 14th 2013



3325 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hell Yeah!

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
February 14th 2013



19466 Comments


could care less about the remixes but the other tracks are cool



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