Sound — 7
The sound is original. The material is very different from Blink 182, so if fans of them are looking for something Blink-like, they might be a little disappointed. The music gives a The Killers kinda feel. The guitars sound very Edge-like (guitarist from U2). So much controversy surrounds this album. What are the tracks? Who's playing in the band? I saw someone post up that the bassist from Iron Maiden was playing in it? Steve Harris? What Tom has presented us with here is original material and it shows he can make a decent album on his own. kudos to him. He said that this was going to be the greatest rock and roll revolution. Hmm I think its quite a bit shy of that.
Lyrics — 8
The lyrics are about the recent american invasion of iraq. Tom has drawn a lot of inspiration from how his brother had to go to the war. Another inspiration is the Blink 182 break up. The song Valkyrie Missiles (title track) is supposed to be about how something beautiful can come from something destroyed (Angels And Airwaves coming out of the ashes of Blink 182). Tom voice is a one of a kind. Passionate. Good skills.
Overall Impression — 3
Tom boasted the album would be over an hour. In the end only 1 track was over 1 minute. There are 10 tracks. You do the math. If there was something I could describe this album with is that it is overrated. I saw people so hyped up about this. Some people went so far as to write: "you guys are my favourite band." They haven't even heard the album yet. Others heard a 7 second preview of a song. They created an audio file of that 7 seconds just so they could hear it some more. 7 seconds! One track on the album (Start the Machine) is played on a toy piano Tom bought at a toy store. If he makes music using a toy piano and expects us to treat him like a professional, then I think that anyone that can play a toy piano is a rock star. if this album were stolen I would not buy another one. however there are a few good tracks, but one listen was enough for me. For those of you that will become a 'fan' of this band, think before you act. Just because these guys are going to get a lot of airplay and all your friends at school will listen to them, doesn't mean you should jump on the bandwagon. Blink 182 was an awesome band. If you liked them, it does not mean you should automatically like these guys just because one former member is in it.