Sound — 8
When I first heard that Tom Delonge had quit Blink 182, I was so disheartened for a long time. But then I heard that he was going to release an album of his own, I was jumping up and down until my brain went numb. But I think I jumped up and down too much for this album. Don't get me wrong. I love this album. But it didn't have much affect on me as a person. Sure the lyrics were powerful, and contained a lot of meaning, but some of the vocals didn't flow as well as I would've liked.
Lyrics — 10
The lyrics are perhaps the best thing in the whole album, other than some wicked guitars, destroying drums, and killer bass. Tom Delonge talks a lot about true love, and the pain that some people live through everyday. Tom said that in a way that made you want to change how you live, other than sobbing while you're listening to the album. His vocals in this album is addicting. Some hits such as "The Adventure", and "The War" include some of the best vocals I have heard from him ever since his previous album with Blink 182.
Overall Impression — 8
I was pretty dissapointed that I didn't love this album as much as Blink 182 (self-titled), but I got to hear more of Tom's voice, which was really the best part about the album. I would recommend this album to anyone who likes U2, or The Police, as I have heard from many people on UG who think that AVA is very similar to those bands. If I lost this album, I would probably go buy another one, since I love Tom so much. But if they come out with another AVA album soon, I hope that it will sound more like Blink-182.