Sound — 10
Angels And Airwaves is way different than Blink 182's pop punk sound. This album's sound is now synth rock, similar to The Killers and U2. Tom takes the position of lead guitar and starts playing single notes more than his usual power chords. Palm muting in this album is a lot better than older Blink CDs. Tom and David even start using effect pedals. An example of this is the song, It Hurts. The sound of this album may not be pop-punk or any other type of music, but nevertheless, it still sounds awesome.
Lyrics — 9
Gone are the days when Tom wants to write songs about f--king a dog in the ass. The lyrics in this album are mature. These lyrics are inspired by how Tom felt when his brother had to go to war and the Blink 182 breakup. Tom still writes about love as he always does. All of the lyrics in this album are good, but I really, really, hate the parts where Tom or Ryan repeat a line in a song a lot. Examples of this are when Tom in the Adventure says "I cannot live, I cannot breathe unless you do this with me," about 10 times, the part in It Hurts with Ryan or Tom saying "It hurts, it hurts," a couple of times. But even those don't interfere with the overall impression of the lyrics.
Overall Impression — 10
As stated earlier, this album sounds similar to The Killers and U2. The intro for It Hurts even sounds a little like the one for the Killers' Mr. Brightside. My favorite songs of this album are Do It For Me Now, The Adventure, The War (has great guitar riffs), It Hurts, and Good Day. The latter being my least favorite due to the very annoying part where Tom says, "Do dada dodo dadada." I love everything about this album except for the parts where Tom DeLonge repeats the lyrics so much times. I absolutely hate those parts! Overall it was a great album and worth every bit of my dad's $10. If I lost it, I would definitly buy another one (the explicit version if I lost my old album).