By Ryan Martin–
Last month, I wrote a review on Blink 182’s new album, “Neighborhoods,” criticizing it for sounding too similar to that of lead singer Tom DeLonge’s side project Angels & Airwaves. I now am writing a review on the new Angels & Airwaves album. However this time, I am praising it for sounding like their older material.
Angels & Airwaves has not in any way abandoned their space rock roots on this album and the songs are similar to that of older Airwaves material. For example, the chorus of the song “Dry Your Eyes” contains almost the exact same melody from “Everything’s Magic,” a single off of their sophomore album “I-Empire.” This specific track even contains a riff at the beginning that sounds similar to that of Blink 182’s “Violence”.Angels & Airwaves’ “Love Part II” was released on Nov. 8, 2011 as a sequel to last year’s album, “Love.” This is their fourth album in six years together as a band. Throughout these six years, not much has changed as far as style goes. Not many bands can say that they’ve kept the same consistent sound throughout their time together. Angels & Airwaves is not one of those bands. Ever since the start, they’ve been an alternative, space rock influenced band and the material heard on “Love Part II” is no exception. Airwaves fans will not be disappointed in listening to this album. If you’ve been a fan since their beginnings in 2005, then this album is perfect for you.
There are many other tracks on the album that stuck out to me, one of them being the first single “Anxiety” which takes on somewhat of an arena rock sound in comparison to much of the rest of the album.
The album opens with a track titled “Saturday Love” which sounds a lot like the typical opening for your average Angels & Airwaves album. It starts out slow, but gradually progresses into a more upbeat song.
Over all, the album was great. I strongly praise the band for actually sticking to their original roots and not making any drastic changes to their style. Every band goes through some changes, very few are truly loyal to their original sound. I would give this album 4 out of 5 stars.
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