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I-Empire

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2007 sophomore album from the Alternative supergroup. Angels & Airwaves is former blink-182 and Box Car Racer guitarist/vocalist Tom DeLonge, Offspring drummer Atom Willard, David Kennedy notably from Hazen Street and Box Car Racer and now former 30 Seconds to Mars bassist Matt Wachter. i-Empire's first single, 'Everything's Magic', is a synth-rock anthem that resonates with a refreshing spirit and inspired energy.

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Released only two years after Blink-182 announced its indefinite hiatus, the second album by singer-guitarist Tom DeLonge's other band, Angels & Airwaves, makes it feel like a lifetime. There's not a single poop joke or bubblegum punk anthem to be found among the grand themes of I-Empire, an album that finds the shrill frontman grappling with politics, paranoia, and the spiritual world. Unlike the contributions to his former group's last self-titled release, however, DeLonge has finally realized that getting mature doesn't mean getting boring. 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. This could very well be his best work yet.--Aidin Vaziri
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 6, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Suretone / Geffen
  • ASIN: B000VZAV08
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,303 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By H. Yu on November 8, 2007
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Already, I-Empire is one of the best albums of the year (if not THE best). Of all the CD's I've listened to this year, this one, by far, is very optimistic and uplifting, to say the least. The anthemic, 80's synth-pop, stadium-rock sound works very well here. And if it does sound formulaic, so be it! Very heartfelt and inspirational too! Tom DeLonge has definitely come a long way from his Blink-182 days, and I'm all the more glad for it! Instead of the usual bratty, toilet humor, we get mature, "reach for the sky" sentiments, that is, keep going, no matter what happens to you in life. Honestly, I think that's what we need more nowadays. By the way, forget about that Rolling Stone critic who gave this fine CD only 2 1/2 stars. According to the review, "Blink-182 guitarist is all grown up and synth-poppy. But is that a good thing?" I certainly think so!

** ADDENDUM **
Angels & Airwaves' new album, LOVE, is already available as a FREE download. Just head over to the band's web site now!
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Whereas "We Don't Need to Whisper" sounded a bit forced and stuck in the eighties, I-Empire brings back Tom Delonge to his element; this move should please both blink fans and fans of AVA alike. There is a much harder rock sound to a lot of the songs on this album, and the slower songs show a side of Tom we've never heard. "Rite of Spring" is also the most personal song he has ever written. This album feels much more thought out as well - there aren't needless wandering instrumental bits stuffed into the songs. Pick it up if you like catchy rock music with a positive theme (the powerful notion that "you can do anything"). Highly recommended.
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the guys do it for a 2nd time. A&A make another high quality, energy filled yet important cd with a message. Its done while having fun and going through different moods from tracks like "Everything's Magic" its fun and irressitible song for them to "Star of Bethlehem" a two minute interlude...unlike other interludes on other albums this one actually warrants listening to.

I was a fan from their first cd "We Don't Need To Whisper" with "I-Empire" the guys have firmly established themselves in this music industry and can/will only go up from here. As this cd is one that can't be ignored by folks at all. Loving the cd from beginning to end it flows from one track to the next with an ease that you seldom experience.

First one was all that...2nd one is all that and so much more!!

5/5 overall
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I listen to all types of music, but once in a great while a band comes along that touches you, and rocks you. Angels and Airwaves can do no wrong in my eyes. Their music is inspiring, emotional, moving and great to rock out to. I have not stopped listening to "We Dont Need to Whisper" since I bought it, and "I-Empire" will be no different.
My most moving tracks:
Call to Arms
Everything's Magic
Lifeline
Breathe
Heaven

But just like their first album, every track is good, some are better than others, but every track is good, which is a rarity these days. Plus, why so many critics pan AVA because they have simple and inspiring, uplifting lyrics...is beyond me. It's a throwback to the old school days of U2, The Cure, Pink Floyd, New Wave and early punk rock pop....all mixed in with some great electronic synth sounds.
Point blank: Angels and Airwaves are AWESOME!
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By robvmac on November 6, 2007
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There is something special about this band! I sense a very positive, energetic approach to this album. I felt the same way about the first album "We Don't Need to Whisper" but even more so on this second release. I enjoyed all the songs and will listen to it several more times this week. Who can I compare them to .............
probably no-one! They are quite unique. Very unlike most of the new stuff coming out. If you liked their first album, you will certainley like this album. (maybe even better). Great Job Angels and Airwaves!
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Well, let's see. How do you begin to explain the beauty that is Angels and Airwaves to someone who doesn't want to listen, or can't look past the fact that Blink 182 is no more? Chances are you can't, which is why I-Empire has only sold about 150,000 copies in it's first few months of existence (although I still say that's an impressive number considering the record business today). But for those of you who love AVA, have an open mind, or perhaps were never die hard fans of Blink, here goes:

1) Call To Arms (5/5)- Wow, what a way to start off the album... and without the two minute intro that came along with Valkyrie. This song is an incredible lift off with amazing vocals that have been shockingly sang to perfection by Tom during live performances.

2) Everything's Magic (5/5)- The obvious single, I haven't stopped listening to this one since it leaked oh so many months ago. Does it sound like Anthem Pt. 2? A little bit. Does it sound like "Close to Me" by the Cure, a little bit. Are those bad things? I don't think so. Perfect single.

3) Breathe (3/5)- I find this to be a poor placement track wise on the album, but lots of fans love it so it's just my opinion. To me, it's something of a bland song that is really repetitive and doesn't truly kick in until about 4 minutes in, at which point it becomes brilliant. You probably really have to be truly in love to enjoy this one as much as Tom does. Oh yea, musically it's got a Phil Collins/Peter Gabriel sound to it.

4) Love Like Rockets (4/5)- A cool little song with an Eisenhower speech at the beginning that as a history teacher I can't get enough of. This one is hard to describe (other than it being very "outer-spacey") and doesn't really stand out.
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