Published on November 19th, 2011 | by Ryan0
Angels and Airwaves – Love: Part Two
Beneath the Space Age motifs and prog rock jams, frontman Tom Delonge’s lyrics in Angels & Airwaves have always been about human experiences: good and bad, macro and micro. However, the dichotomy between 6+ minute tracks filled with static and radio chatter and the earnestness in Delonge’s writing and delivery have led to records that felt slightly inconsistent. Despite some excellent tracks, the first three albums by the band have been difficult to fully recommend. This has changed with Love: Part Two.
The record still starts off sounding like a trailer for a new Halo game but is quickly reigned in with the pounding album opener Saturday Love.” Thankfully, Love: Part Two manages to keep that level of desperation, sincerity, and energy throughout the entirety of the album. My Heroine (It’s Not Over)” is a lovely mid-tempo song of longing that is both inviting and relate-able, while the troubled-relationship anthem Dry Your Eyes” captures the same infectious pop-punk feel as the band’s 2007 minor hit Everything’s Magic.”
With tighter, more focused production and less of the ambiance and drone of previous releases, Love: Part Two allows Delonge’s unabashedly positive songwriting to shine. This is not only Angels & Airwaves most accessible record to date, but also their most consistent, and finally, one that is easy to fully recommend.