The cover of Angels & Airwaves newest album may have the same vibe as a “Star Wars” movie poster, the album is nowhere as good as any of the original movies but a lot closer to the terrible “Attack Of The Clones”. What you hear on “I-Empire” are sleep-inducing songs that aren’t going anywhere but in circles without any original ideas, directions or hooks.
Tom DeLonge is still singing the same repetitive vocal melodies he’s been using ever since Blink 182’s heydays but at least then they were supported by loud guitars. Here you get a lot of keyboards and building up to well, nothing much like on Blink 182’s trying to sound mature album “”. It’s so obvious that the guy is trying to create something significant but in the end it’s just painfully clear that no matter how orchestrated his songs are, the guy’s voice lacks severely and it all still sounds exactly the same as last time.