The Dream Walker

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This article is about the 2014 studio album by Angels & Airwaves. For the 2014 Angels & Airwaves short film, see Poet Anderson: The Dream Walker.
"Dream Walker" redirects here. For the comic by Yeo Hui Xuan, see Dream Walker (comic).
The Dream Walker
Studio album by Angels & Airwaves
Released December 9, 2014
Recorded Jupiter Sound
(San Diego, California)
Genre Alternative rock, space rock, electronic rock, experimental, post-hardcore
Length 40:05
Label To the Stars Records
Producer Tom DeLonge, Aaron Rubin
Angels & Airwaves chronology
Love: Part Two
(2011)
The Dream Walker
(2014)
Singles from The Dream Walker
  1. "Paralyzed"
    Released: October 7, 2014
  2. "The Wolfpack"
    Released: October 31, 2014

The Dream Walker is the fifth studio album by alternative rock band Angels & Airwaves, released on December 9, 2014, through To the Stars Records.[1] On October 31, the band released their first single from the album, "The Wolfpack", via PureVolume.[2] On Monday, December 8, 2014, the album was streamed exclusively in its entirety with Rolling Stone.

Production[edit]

The album is one part of a multimedia project that will include a short film, comic books, a graphic novel, videos and animations that will all tie in to a central character known as Poet Anderson.[3]

The first single available from The Dream Walker was "Paralyzed", released on YouTube on October 7, 2014. Several weeks later the second single, "The Wolfpack" was released on Halloween. The music video for "The Wolfpack" premiered on YouTube a week later on November 7, directed by Mark Eaton. The third and fourth songs released prior to the release of the album were "Bullets in the Wind", on November 17, and "Tunnels", on December 1.

The short film that coincides with the album, Poet Anderson: The Dream Walker, premiered on November 14 at the Toronto International Short Film Festival, for which it won Best Animation.

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Tom DeLonge and Ilan Rubin, all music composed by Tom DeLonge and Ilan Rubin.

No. Title Length
1. "Teenagers & Rituals"   3:53
2. "Paralyzed"   4:09
3. "The Wolfpack"   3:53
4. "Tunnels"   4:10
5. "Kiss with a Spell"   4:36
6. "Mercenaries"   4:37
7. "Bullets in the Wind"   4:03
8. "The Disease"   3:57
9. "Tremors"   3:55
10. "Anomaly"   2:52
Total length:
40:05

Personnel[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 66/100[4]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[5]
Alter the Press! 4/5[6]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[7]
KillYourStereo 93/100[8]
Rock Industry 8/10 [9]
Under The Gun 9/10[10]
Rock Sound 7/10
inveterate.co.uk 7/10 [11]
Alternative Press 4.5/5 stars[12]

The Dream Walker received generally positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has received an average score of 66, based on 6 reviews, indicating "generally favorable" feedback.[4] Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic rated the album three out of five stars, writing that is has "more texture and dimension than Love and, ultimately, it's that expansiveness that gives the album character instead of the convoluted cross-platform narratives."[5]

Commercial performance[edit]

The Dream Walker debuted at number 39 on the Billboard 200 with first week sales of 19,088 copies in the United States.

Charts[edit]

Chart (2014) Peak
position
UK Albums (OCC)[13] 94
US Billboard 200[14] 39
US Top Alternative Albums (Billboard)[15] 5
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[16] 183

References[edit]

  1. ^ Josephine Yurcaba (December 8, 2014). "Hear Angels and Airwaves' Dark, Surprising 'The Dream Walker' LP". Rolling Stone. Retrieved January 1, 2015. 
  2. ^ http://www.purevolume.com/news/PREMIERE-Angels-and-Airwaves-The-Wolfpack-Single-Stream
  3. ^ Childers, Chad. "Angels & Airwaves Discuss ‘The Dream Walker,’ Poet Anderson + More". http://diffuser.fm/angels-and-airwaves-the-dream-walker-interview/. 
  4. ^ a b Metacritic. "Reviews for The Dream Walker". CBS Interactive. Retrieved January 10, 2015. 
  5. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "The Dream Walker - Angels & Airwaves - Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved December 29, 2014. 
  6. ^ http://www.alterthepress.com/2014/12/atp-album-review-angels-airwaves-dream.html
  7. ^ Jones, Simon (December 8, 2014). "Rolling Stone Australia - Angels & Airwaves - The Dream Walker". Rolling Stone. Wenner Media. Retrieved January 10, 2015. 
  8. ^ http://www.killyourstereo.com/reviews/1040810/angels-airwaves-the-dream-walker
  9. ^ http://www.rockindustry.co.uk/angels-airwaves-dream-walker-review/
  10. ^ http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/12/10/review-angels-and-airwaves-the-dream-walker/
  11. ^ "Review: Angels & Airwaves - The Dream Walker | Inveterate". 
  12. ^ "Angels & Airwaves showcase their eagerness to evolve on 'The Dream Walker' - Alternative Press". Alternative Press. December 9, 2014. Retrieved January 10, 2015. 
  13. ^ "2014-12-20 Top 40 UK Albums Archive". Official Charts Company. Retrieved April 18, 2015.
  14. ^ "Angels & Airwaves Album & Song Chart History" Billboard 200 for Angels & Airwaves. Retrieved December 16, 2014.
  15. ^ "Angels & Airwaves Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Top Alternative Albums for Angels & Airwaves. Retrieved December 16, 2014.
  16. ^ "Angels & Airwaves – The Dream Walker" (in Dutch). Ultratop.be. Hung Medien. Retrieved December 29, 2014.