Album Review: Love, Pt. 2 from Angels & Airwaves

I am a big Angels & Airwaves fan. Actually make that huge.  I’ve loved AVA’s music since Delonge first pulled the group together after Blink’s break up in 2005. In fact, I’ve enjoyed every album they’ve put out since inception and their most recent album, Love, Pt. 2 is no exception.

Like wine and cheese, good bands get better with age. So too, has AVA.  Love, Pt. 2, the follow up to last year’s Love, shows that yet again, growth has been kind. I thought AVA had reached their prime with  Love – that album a phenomenal musical feat, with a sound that was crystalline, futuristic and high energy, paired alongside inspiring vocals that were a far cry from Blink’s angst laden songs.  But I was wrong. Love, Pt. 2 once again pushes the boundaries, creating a sound that shows just how far the band has come since their debut album, 2006’s We Don’t Need to Whisper.

Created as part of the musical score for AVA’s science fiction film of the same name Love, the album picks up where Love the album left off, carrying the listener on a mind-blowing experience meant to echo the movie’s own haunting experience. Through parallel stories of an astronaut stuck in space following an apocalyptic doomsday scenario, and a Civil War lieutenant, Love explores what Wikipedia describes as “the personal-psychological effects of isolation and loneliness, while emphasizing the importance of human connection and love, and the fragility of mankind’s existence.” This in mind think Love, Pt. 2 and its companion Love would be creepy? Think again.

I haven’t had the chance to listen to it on repeat yet, as was the case with the previous three albums, but so far what I hear the sound is solid, lyrics just as meaningful as its sister Love — if the film themes are any indication of their need to be — and overall, think the AVA sound has been taken up another notch.  I am sure it will be dominating my playlist in the months to come. Its first single “Anxiety” is already on the radio and a favorite in my workout mix. But I also like “Saturday Love” and “Dry Your Eyes.” Check ’em out and let me know what you think.

If you want to take a peek at AVA’s evolution and hear for yourself just what I am talking about when it comes to the band’s sound and evolution, some reccs for you: on third album Love, check out “Young London,” “Epic Holiday,” “The Moon Atomic,” and “Letters to God, Pt. II.” On their second album I-Empire, check out “Sirens,” “Everything’s Magic” and “Secret Crowds.” And on first album We Don’t Need to Whisper, check out “The Adventure,” “The Gift,” “It Hurts,” and “Start the Machine.”

And for those who want to know more about Love the movie, while I didn’t get a chance to see the film — it was only at a handful of festivals following its debut at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival last February, and shown in 460 theaters across the country for a one night screening in August — I have seen the trailer and it looks nothing short of incredible. From what I hear, the movie will be released for purchase in time for the holidays, so I will hopefully  get to see it soon (hear that, Santa???) and report back. Until then, check out the trailers below for an overall AVA experience.

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