I-Empire - Angels and Airwaves
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  • Summary: The sophomore album for the group led by the former singer/guitarist of Blink-182 and Box Car Racer, Tom DeLonge.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 13
  2. Negative: 2 out of 13
  1. I-Empire is a sweeping conceptual piece with a message as big as its sound and just a bit more enigmatic.
  2. For all its cathartic lyrics, I-Empire is actually packed with dazzling, fast-moving songs, like 'Everything's Magic' and 'Sirens,' that bring together U2's widescreen guitar flights with tuneful, straightforward punk melodies.
  3. 'Magic' isn't the sole highlight: 'Sirens,' an earnest new-wave throwback, may even encourage DeLonge's sternest critics to sing along.
  4. Between the bloated song lengths and repetitive arrangements, What Angels & Airwaves really need for LP3 is an editor. [Dec 2007, p.184]
  5. 50
    I-Empire still makes you wonder what constituency DeLonge hopes to attract with such an anti-fun platform. [Dec 2007, p.112]
  6. I-Empire is so in thrall to Edge's guitar sound circa 1984 it could almost be the work of a /u2 tribute band. [Dec 2007, p.112]
  7. 30
    This album, the second from Angels and Airwaves, is thick with U2-aping major-chord bluster and well-meaning meaninglessness.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 40 out of 48
  2. Negative: 7 out of 48
  1. OmriE
    May 10, 2008
    You can sence this albums marks the true nature of angels, The epicness and overall effects make this band sound unique.
  2. SamB.
    Nov 9, 2007
    Sweeping epic tracks that carry an equally large and important message. Epic is only one word that can describe such a fantastic album.
  3. MarkF.
    Dec 5, 2007
    I cannot understand the mixed reviews for this album, but I guess this is why music is so personal. I absolutely love this. It's the first album out of over 1600 that I've collected over 40 years where every track rates 5/5 in my book. I think it's amazing and uplifting. Expand
  4. ZacharyM.
    Nov 7, 2007
    It is what it is, and you have to take it for what it is. If you were a fan on blink in high school or jr. high and you still have a place in your heart for its former members, by all means, you should listen to these songs. Sure, it isn't groundbreaking, sure it's a bit derivative...but at the end of the day, you have to take into account what you are listening to - it's Tom Delonge for chrissake. We all know he doesn't take himself all that seriously, and all the hype is just part of the fun. It's no Radiohead, it's no Okkervil River...it just is what it is, and it has to be listened to and reviewed in that context. Expand
  5. TWS2
    May 19, 2008
    I was shocked by how appealing this album is. Derivative, pretentious, overlong: yes. Ambitious, cohesive and HOOKY AS HELL - YES, YES, YES. I'm playing it all the time. If there was still such a thing as pop radio, this album would be all over it. It's more than a guilty pleasure -- it's guilty bliss !! Expand
  6. HaleeW.
    Nov 7, 2007
    I can't decide which is better -- I-Empire or We Don't Need To Whisper. I do believe the songs are more deep and personalized on the new album, however. it's definitely worth the listen. Expand
  7. JohnC
    Nov 14, 2007
    Nothing can save this album from being a horrible mess of a work. Overwrought with ideas and themes without any coherence, Tom DeLonge should have stayed out of the music scene after the fall of Blink-182. Expand

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