After the reunion of Blink-182, many thought Tom DeLongeâ€™s brainchild, Angels and Airwaves, would be no more. But on Sunday, Valentineâ€™s Day, DeLonge showed just how much he loves his fans.
Angels & Airwaves released its third studio album, â€œLove,â€ in a somewhat Radiohead like fashion: through the Internet, with not much publicity and free of charge. In fact, if fans wanted, they could donate any amount and receive a bonus track to the album.
However, just because the album could be obtained free of any monetary value, doesnâ€™t mean it is not worth checking out.
From the first track, listeners will be able to tell that the album is extremely well produced with a nearly three-minute-long orchestration of synthesizers, piano and guitar building up to the second track, â€œThe Flight of Apollo.â€
â€œHallucinations,â€ one of the more notable tracks, continues with the masterful production heard throughout the album. The song has a whirling extra-terrestrial sounds and slowly transitions into the power chord pop-punk that brought Blink-182 fame. It is a combination of everything the genre used to be, and everywhere it is going.
â€œSoul Survivor (Ã–2012)â€ will hit a good note with Blink fans, as it is reminiscent of their song â€œI Miss You,â€ with just a bit more punch behind the guitar orchestration. And, of course, itâ€™s not short of synthesizers layering on the track.
Regardless of how close Angles and Airwaves is to being the next Blink-182 rip-off, and DeLonge has every right to be that, there is something almost soothing about â€œLove.â€
The album for the most part is filled with clever melodies and song construction that, if DeLonge had thought of earlier, could have prevented the break up of Blink-182.
Either way, the airwaves should be blessed with these angels for quite sometime.
Music reviewer Ian Mahan can be reached at verve @collegian.com.