Sound — 10
Firstly, the sound is different from anything any of the members have attemted before in any of their previous bands, and its amazing. Many of the songs on the album have epic guitar riffs and synth build ups. I don't think anyone could have seen this coming after the break up of Blink 182 I think all the build up to this album was due, Its such a masterpiece.
Lyrics — 9
My overall impression of the lyrics are that they are truly brilliant, songs such as "It Hurts" and "The War" have angrier lyrics whereas songs such as "The Adventure" and Valkyrie Missile" are very inspirational. The lyrics to the last verse in "Start the Machine" stick out to me and portray what AVA is all about, and the music backing that verse completes the album brilliantly. Toms is obviously not the greatest singer in the buisness, but he has such an individual voice, it goes with the individuality of the music perfectly.
Overall Impression — 10
My overall impression is that this is an amazing album, and you'd be missing something in your life if you didn't listen to it, whether you enjoy it or not. 01.Valkyrie Missle: an amzing build up that really sets the tone for the rest of the album, with a brilliant ending "Who do we think we are/we're Angels and Airwaves" 02.Distraction: another epic build up that at first seems quite odd, this is one of the best songs on the album as the lyrics and music completely suit eachother and it has a brilliant concept 03.Do It For Me Now: I remember when I first heard the album and this was the first song that really stuck out, the slick guitar riff and Toms vocals in this are amazing. 04.The Adventure epic build up that ends in what I believe is the greatest riff ever written. The lyrics to this song are amazing and inspirational. Definately the best song on the album 05.A Littles Enough this is a great song,it seems to evolve from one song to another, which is showing Toms blink roots. Probably the catchiest chorus of the album. 06.The War: a real "stand out song" compared to the rest of the album, its got a good heavy intro backed by meanful, anti-war lyrics. 07.The Gift: not my favourite song off the album, brilliant none the less, the chorus is beautiful and the bridge takes you to a different place 08.It Hurts: a good song, definately one of my favourites, Tom definately gets the point through that "You're best friend/Is not you're girlfriend", another "stand out song" from the rest of the album 09.Good Day: this is probably the worst song on the album but thats not to say its bad. Its actually really good and has good lyrics in the verse but looses it in the chorus. 10.Start the Machine: what a song. The bass fits the song perfectly and the Toy piano was a genious addition to the song. The final verse is probably the greatest bit of music ever composed And if I lost this I would buy it again as soon as I could.