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I-Empire
     

I-Empire

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by Angels & Airwaves
 

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If Tom DeLonge is anything, he's a man of conviction. He holds onto his beliefs long after other men would abandon them, cherishing them with the obstinate fervor of a teenager even though he's long past adolescence. Others would have buckled at the lukewarm, occasionally mocking reception of his post-blink-182 project Angels & Airwaves and

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If Tom DeLonge is anything, he's a man of conviction. He holds onto his beliefs long after other men would abandon them, cherishing them with the obstinate fervor of a teenager even though he's long past adolescence. Others would have buckled at the lukewarm, occasionally mocking reception of his post-blink-182 project Angels & Airwaves and their 2006 debut, We Don't Need to Whisper, but instead of revamping the group for their quickly recorded sophomore effort, I-Empire -- who knows whether the title is either a pun on Apple's iCulture or a reflection of DeLonge's never-ending quest of self-improvement -- he digs in his heels, refusing to budge from his oddly misconstrued Cure and U2 amalgam. The basic sound of A&A may be the same, but there are some notable, albeit minor, differences this time around. First of all, not every song takes a minute to get off the ground, but the greater improvement is that DeLonge no longer shuns his knack for naggingly catchy, sing-song hooks, which makes I-Empire immediate where We Don't Need to Whisper was elusive. It's a welcome change of pace but more of a lateral move than a step forward, as these pop inclinations aren't integrated into the band; they're merely grafted upon A&A's spacy murk. The band continues to toil in the same cavernous echo chamber, whipping out variations of the "Pride (In the Name of Love)" riff while their leader spins stories of personal discoveries, all delivered with his signature pinched whine. Sure, Angels & Airwaves is more adult than blink-182, but just because this isn't snotty punk doesn't meant that it's mature, as all of the musical and conceptual ideas sound unformed, as if DeLonge is still sorting out how he's planning to grow up. Such eternal adolescence can be a bit hard to swallow, particularly when it's unconscious as it is here, but nevertheless I-Empire is an easier record to like than We Don't Need to Whisper, as it marks a very small, very tentative progression toward DeLonge realizing that he can expand his sonic and emotional horizons without abandoning the pop songcraft that remains his greatest strength.

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Release Date:
11/06/2007
Label:
Geffen Records
UPC:
0602517485648
catalogNumber:
001010102
Rank:
41512

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I-Empire 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I honestly love Tom Delonge's lyrical skills. I loved the first AVA cd and from the songs I've heard on this cd, I love it too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was never very fond of blink 182 they had a few good songs and that was it. However I cannot say that about Angels & Airwaves. Toms songs are very meaningful and have many good points to them (Example Secret Crowds) out of the two Angels & Airwaves this CD is the best. The sound is amazing his vocals are smooth and without doubt this has become one of my favorite albums.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tom DeLonge's lyricl geinus is outstanding to say the least and when he said that he band would be the biggest rock band ever that was the under statement of the milenium because this is more than music it is a new way to let your ears go and yor mind wander it is the most beautiful thing ever and the way he sings it there like music, and like a story and if you haven't listened to the new cd then u have to I-EMPIRE is perfeect.
Guest More than 1 year ago
when i bought this album, i was very surprised! usually the sophomore album makes or breaks a band. this certainly shows that this is no one-hit-wonder band. i know everyone focuses on tom but get over it. its a band as in a collaborative effort to which this group fulfills the bill. moving on. their sound reminds me of U2 with the amps wide open and a punk rock influence thrown in. the lyrics are woven together and match up very nicely with the hooks. this album is very satisfying to listen to with no need to skip through it. "everything's magic" is definitely one of the favs. as well as "rite of spring." buy this album. support this band. they have more than earned it and believe me, you will truly enjoy it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The first song I had heard off of this album was Everthing Magic. it was a good song. but it was not until I heard Secret Crowds that I bought it. Something came over me when I heard the pure meaning in that song I instantly had an urge to buy it. The music is so uplifting and cheerful sounding you could pop it into a CD player and instantly be relaxed. Also it is a sound that I have never heard before incoprerating space-like sounds into the music it is amazing. Tom has matured alot since he left blink 182. Buy this CD along with We Don't Need To Whisper
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