Angels and Airwaves
Chasing Shadows



by Blake498 USER (2 Reviews)
April 6th, 2016 | 7 replies

Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: As a well-crafted and logical progression from 2014's Dreamwalker, Chasing Shadows gives listeners a good idea of whats to come.

In what is my first review ever, I've decided to give a quick-handed look at Chasing Shadows, a new EP from Angels and Airwaves, aka Tom DeLonge and Ilan Rubin. Tom DeLonge and his original band blink-182 has been an extremely important part of my music life since I first starting listening to them at the end of my senior year in high school. I've loved everything in their catalogue, from Cheshire Cat to Dogs Eating Dogs, as each era of Blink has been able to satisfy the many emotions I've felt as a teenager and young adult.

Although AVA is only 1/3rd the blink-182 lineup, the genius of the music in its ability to captivate my often hard to describe feelings has more or less carried over, no matter what album Tom has put out with this band. Since AVA's Dreamwalker release in late 2014 however, the band has strayed from its stadium space rock of previous records in favor of a more eighties-esque alternative rock with modern influences. In many ways it was a vast departure from their original sound and while it was a welcome change, it was the sort of album that needed to grow on a listener. With every repeat, the songs got catchier and the beautifully fine details of the songs with its synths and interwoven guitars all the more crisp.

Since then, every release has had that groovy feel to it. However, with this EP it seems that Angels and Airwaves has finally settled into their new sound while still retaining the best elements of their past releases. The beauty of Tom's craft is his ability to write a really catchy but simple guitar riff, sometimes even a rehash of his previous works, but in such a way that it feels fresh. This EP has no lack of Tom's signature riffs, deliciously written in the same vein as songs like The Last Flight of Apollo from Love Pt. 1 or even Golden Showers in the Golden State from his solo album back in April of last year.

This release is lyrically reminiscent of Dreamwalker, the zeitgeist of a once boy-for-a-living turned man who now at 40 has had to make a few very important decisions about the direction he wants his life to go in. But just as listeners heard in We Don't Need to Whisper and I-Empire, Tom believes in where he is going. So in that case, in Chasing Shadows Tom sends the message once again "I am on my way, unstoppable/Pure at heart, a king infallible/Great big ***in' time, so powerful, I".

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QuinnObropta (3.5)
"Chasing Shadows" is not a flawless album, but you can't help but smile like an idiot more than a fe...

MoonAtomic451 (4.5)
Chasing Shadows is an excellent EP from Angels and Airwaves, featuring songs that may one day be con...

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April 6th 2016


Album Rating: 3.5

Make sure that you put quotes around song or albums, and "Dreamwalker" is "The Dream Walker."

A side note, try and use people's full or last names when referring to them as a sign of respect.

May 9th 2016


Album Rating: 4.5

Some of Tom's best work yet. It's like he finally found his sound.

August 16th 2016


Never been really into AaA, but I just checked out Overload and I think I liked it, better than new blink anyway. Nice review.

August 12th 2017


Album Rating: 3.5

Needs more Overload.

May 19th 2018


Album Rating: 4.0

yea this is so sick and easily the best thing tom has done since the self titled

October 8th 2018


Album Rating: 4.0

I almost forgot how amazing this was. If the new album is going to be anywhere near as good as this or The Dream Walker I didn't mind the wait.

I might bump this up

October 8th 2018


Album Rating: 4.0

toms posted a few clips and the one i can remember rn sounds kind of like call to arms meets ghost on the dance floor so yea

cant believe im excited to hear an ava album

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