Blink-182’s vocalist and guitarist Tom Delonge is at it again, but his latest album is really just more of the same. After releasing the band’s first album in six years this past September, the heavily-hyped and multi-talented musician must have been running on a jam-packed schedule working toward the recent release of his side-project: Angels and Airwaves’ album “Love Part II.”
So far, Delonge has received critical media coverage for continuing his work outside of Blink, primarily because of his shameless self-promotion and questionable habits. But, it must be said that the man knows how to produce catchy tunes, and “Love Part II” is no exception.
Unfortunately, the catchy songs that have been highlighted the most on this album are also the songs that sound like blatant copies of his past work. The song “Dry Your Eyes” may vary lyrically, but it sounds suspiciously similar to songs from previous albums “I-Empire” and “Love.” The first three tracks “Saturday Love,” “Surrender” and “Anxiety” follow a similar trend. Though for those unfamiliar with the band, “Saturday Love” does pose as a prototype for the band’s music.
While these songs may be bland, they are shining stars in comparison to the nasally and self-indulgent closing songs “Behold a Pale Horse” and “All That We Are.” These are two tracks on the album it wouldn’t hurt to avoid.
Luckily for AVA’s reputation, they’ve pulled out a few pleasant surprises on this album: “The Revelator” manages to be both calming and motivating at a unique interval, and is certainly worth a listen. “One Last Thing” represents a shift in the right direction for the band, standing as one of the few songs that shows variation on the album. Finally, “Inertia” takes the album on a much needed detour into rock oriented instrumentals.
Though “Love Part II” may not stray from AVA’s well-beaten path, and some of the songs push the limits of Delonge’s likability, there are some moments in the album that make it all worth while.