Angels and Airwaves
I-Empire


5.0
classic

Review

by modlife USER (1 Reviews)
November 9th, 2007 | 19 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A lot of critics will pan this album, but DeLonge and Co have just put out a classic, that will have the same critics reaching for their erasers in just a few months.

The thing I enjoy most about Angels & Airwaves is the sheer amount of disgust, horror and scorn that greets their every quote, interview and new album.

Sure the band have their fans, a few of those are even "professional" music critics, but they really do rub a lot of people up the wrong way!

I bought We Don't Need To Whisper last year having only heard The Adventure. At first listen, it was disappointing.

Although the songs were well structured, and had cinematic intros, a lot of them sounded the same, and some songs went on far too long in the outros, that I would just turn them off after the bridge.

"Whisper" is very downbeat and relaxed compared to DeLonge's previous material. The melodies in a lot of the verses of those songs were boring and tuneless, although most of the the choruses were big and powerful.

After I while, I gave that album another chance and it has become a favourite of mine... the album as a whole flows like a story and the soundscapes and lyrics are beautiful.

Listening to I-Empire, from the very outset it is clear the band have given the music a kick up the backside.

Call To Arms carries on with the long introductions of the first record, but here teh intro is less synth and harder with military style drumming, and when the verse kicks in, DeLonge's machine gun melody takes you on a euphoric rollercoaster ride until this song builds to a scintillating climax, the band finally achieve (what they had always threatened but failed to do in the past) - hit you with a chorus so damn big it will lift you off the ground.

Everything's Magic, Sirens and Rite Of Spring see DeLonge return to his pop-punk past, these songs are stripped down, have catchy, well-rounded melodies that DeLonge sings with ease. New addition Matt Wachter adds some quality bass-playing to the whole thing, most evident on these songs, and much missing from the first record.

Lifeline and Breathe are well crafted ballads, if not brilliant rip-offs of U2's With Or Without You and Springsteen's The Rising. Even on these stripped down tunes, the big production is apparent and welcome, as the band carv out a patented pop/rock/alternative/space punk sound in the current climate of indistinguishable whiny indie bands.

Secret Crowds is the best song on the album - a huge tune with a monster singalong chorus - "Let me feel you, carry you higher, Watch our words spread hope like fire."

This song stands out for its harder sound where David Kennedy is let loose with a Box Car Racer type riff, and drummer Atom Willard shows some remarkable percussion, unheard on the first record.

Secret Crowds deserves its place in big stadiums alongside the electronic U2-esque anthems Love Like Rockets where DeLonge asks "Do you feel alive?", True Love and Heaven. Theses songs are the best examples of the truly uplifting theme of the album.

Angels & Airwaves will always draw mixed reactions. Some people shudder at the thought of stadium rock, and some people see poppy, everydude choruses as contrived.

DeLonge is playing to his strengths on this album. His strengths have always been simple lyrics and catchy as hell hooks.

Where he tried to out-write, out-sing and out-play himself on We Don't Need To Whisper, he returns with the same sound, only less complicated, more honest, and with a band that are as tight as his emo trousers.

These guys look like a band now, they might be a crazy band, a cheesy "All you need is love" band, a band who've watched too much Star Wars... but there's no one else like them. More power to them!


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Comments:Add a Comment 
Willie
Moderator
November 9th 2007


20216 Comments

Album Rating: 3.2

Another Angels and Airwaves review and another Avenged Sevenfold review... right in a row! And this one says the album is a 5. I need to go buy a lottery ticket, today has to be a lucky day!

Oh yeah, and welcome to the site... there are a lot of albums without reviews here... just saying ;)

Reign_In_Blood_89
November 9th 2007


298 Comments


pretty good review......shitty album.

ninjuice
November 9th 2007


6760 Comments


Excellent first review.

McP3000
November 9th 2007


4121 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

A 5? Ballsy.

dub sean
November 9th 2007


1011 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

thank you iai



PARAGRAPHS LYKE NOW PLZ

Fort23
November 9th 2007


3774 Comments


yea paragraphs. other than that the reviews pretty good.

jrowa001
November 9th 2007


8752 Comments


no way is this a 5. i havent listened to it all yet, just a few songs. my local newspaper gave this album a 10/10 because it is one of the most emotionally charged and beautiful albums they have ever heard. lol, thats pathetic. but from the songs ive heard this cant be more than a 2 for me

NOTINTHEFACE
November 10th 2007


2142 Comments


This band is even worse than Blink 182, a feat I had thought previously impossible. Delonge pretty much just ruins everything about music.

AtavanHalen
November 10th 2007


17919 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Not a bad job at all! Glad someone feels the same way.

LightningJ
November 11th 2007


120 Comments


Yeah, I agree with how many people have pointed our that you need to write more full, complete paragraphs. Just stick to how they say you should write paragraphs in Engilsh class for now, and then branch off and expand from there, 'kay?

KaNeYCaNeS
November 12th 2007


4 Comments


I quite like some of the songs, after just listing to the album i think it is well deserving of it least a 7 or so. I enjoyed it

moose182
November 12th 2007


2 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Nice man! I've come to love this album too. The drumming and vocals have definitely improved. Hope this is going to make them more well known too.

bobafe6604
March 4th 2008


67 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

a 5!!??!! are you out of your mind son? Tom Delonge doesn't deserve yours or anyone elses gratitude

DeathGrinder
October 19th 2008


153 Comments


^QFT

PanasonicYouth
October 19th 2008


7413 Comments


Why does the cover remind me of Star Wars?
O.o Just throwing that out there.
Also, album sucks.

AmericnZero02
October 19th 2008


3844 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

^AVA actually got the guy who did all of the original star wars movie posters to do the album art for this record.

bastard
October 19th 2008


3432 Comments


It's like Star Wars gone gay.

AtavanHalen
October 19th 2008


17919 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

lulz

bobafe6604
February 17th 2010


67 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

way to be a dumbass



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