Sound — 9
The sound (guitar) reminds me heavily of a mix of Tom's old band Blink 182 and The Edge from U2, if you go to Angels and Airwaves Website, www.angelsandairwaves.com, you get some more background. They really surprised me, even though I still miss Blink 182. This will have to do if I want to listen to Tom. Some songs like The Adventure, use special effects, very unlike Blink 182, and I think that Mark and Tom singing together is what made Blink 182 such a good band because Tom need Mark low voice to contrast with his high voice. I think We Don't Need To Whisper is worth borrowing from a friend at least.
Lyrics — 9
The lyrics are so different from Blink 182, that I didn't even recognize Tom the first time I listened to them, A&A use uplifting lyrics, which are so different from the hilarious lyrics used in Blink (First Date, Man Overboard, Feeling This), they are catchy and okay, again, it's not as good as Blink 182 but they're not bad either.
Overall Impression — 8
I think A&A got way too much hype, I mean they have a movie coming out and their first album came out what, maybe three days ago. I mean they're a good band and all, but I worry that with all this publicity they'll sell out really fast (overplayed on the radio, huge concerts). Tom tried to take his life in a complete 180 degree turn, and the first time I watched the video of The Adventure I thought to myself "Wow, who is the singer in this new band, I've never seen him before," it took me a week or so to realize that it was Tom.