Release Date: May 23, 2006
Reviewed by Andy Seabright
For those who have been living under a rock the past year let me quickly bring you up to speed on what exactly Angels & Airwaves is. The story begins in 2005 when Blink-182 announced they would be going on an “indefinite hiatus”. Guitarist/Vocalist Tom Delonge began work on the aforementioned projected. Sometime later an album was released and the first single “The Adventure” gained consistent radio and video play. Now that we’re on the same level, I will now put Angels & Airwaves new album under a microscope and pick at it with a pair of tweezers.
At first my thought on this before even listening to it was, “Oh great, another piece of garbage from those Blink-182 idiots.” Box Car Racer, The Transplants; to me it was all the same. But it all honestly, I think this record isn’t bad at all. The music itself is very mature and well written. At first I hated the vocals, because in my opinion Tom Delonge couldn’t create a pitch even if he was on a Special Olympics softball team. But after awhile, I get to the point where it really doesn’t bother me.
Overall the lyrics are pretty good, and writing is not bad. The whole thing is pretty much a grand piece of work. This is an album I wouldn’t mind adding to my collection, but I wouldn’t buy it any time soon. Someone would probably have to buy it for me. But I would definitely recommend it. Angels & Airwaves definitely have promise and I think things have only begun for them.