Love (Angels & Airwaves album)

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This article is about the 2010 studio album by Angels & Airwaves. For the 2011 Angels & Airwaves film, see Love (2011 film).
Love
Studio album by Angels & Airwaves
Released February 12, 2010
Genre Space rock, neo-prog, post-rock
Length 53:59
Label Geffen
Producer Tom DeLonge
Angels & Airwaves chronology
I-Empire
(2007)
Love
(2010)
Love: Part Two
(2011)
Singles from Love
  1. "Hallucinations"
    Released: December 23, 2009
  2. "Epic Holiday"
    Released: 2010

Love is the third studio album by alternative rock band Angels & Airwaves. It was released on February 12, 2010 on Fuel TV, and on February 14 on Modlife.[citation needed] The album was released free of charge due to "corporate underwriting".[1] A "special edition" hard copy version of the album was scheduled for release on March 22, 2011, along with a second disc containing new music from the band. This was announced at a Q & A for the movie, which stated that it would be pushed back to Fall of 2011.

Production[edit]

On January 12, 2010, the band released a promotional video entitled "C:\Transmission_Love", which contained a short preview of The Flight of Apollo.[2]

Release and special editions[edit]

In May 2009, it was announced that the album would be released on Christmas Day.[3] However, on July 19, 2009, DeLonge announced via Modlife that the album will not be released on Christmas Day as previously planned, and instead will be released on Valentine's Day. The album was released free of charge through Modlife on Valentine's Day 2010.[citation needed]

The first single from the album, "Hallucinations" was released free of charge on December 23, 2009. The music video for "Hallucinations" was released on Modlife on February 27, 2010.[4]

Angels & Airwaves released the album an hour and a half early via their Modlife page at 4:30 PM Pacific Time to their premium members and Fuel TV subsequently released it at 6 PM Pacific Time on February 12.[5] free of charge.

When the album was first released, a version of the song "Hallucinations" remixed by Mark Hoppus was given to fans who donated to the band.[6] This remix is no longer available.

Angels & Airwaves partnered with many companies with the release of the album, in an attempt to reach as many people as possible. Fuel TV, Loserkids.com and ONE, and the Keep-A-Breast Foundation are just some of the organizations that have helped the band release the record through links featured on their websites and through emails sent to the subscribers of their mailing lists.

Sound[edit]

The music of Love, DeLonge says, has a progressive rock kind of flavor. "It's like blending Radiohead and U2 together with these kind of Pink Floyd movements", he explains. "Things happen unpredictably and take you to these epic soundscapes. It's very much in the spirit of Angels & Airwaves, but it sounds way, way more thought-out and way more ambitious."

Reception[edit]

Love has received generally positive reviews from music critics; AbsolutePunk gave Love 77%, whilst other sites such as the Daily Campus awarded it 8/10.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AbsolutePunk (77%)[7]
Alternative Addiction 4.5/5 stars[8]
Alternative Press 3/5 stars[9]
The Daily Campus (8/10)[10]
Highlander 4.5/5 stars[11]
idobi 3.5/5 stars[12]
Musicmp3 (favorable)[13]
Western Courier (Western Illinois University) 7/10 stars[14]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Tom DeLonge, all music composed by Angels & Airwaves.

Love
No. Title Length
1. "Et Ducit Mundum Per Luce"   2:34
2. "The Flight of Apollo"   6:15
3. "Young London"   5:03
4. "Shove"   6:34
5. "Epic Holiday"   4:38
6. "Hallucinations"   4:39
7. "The Moon-Atomic (...Fragments and Fictions)"   6:17
8. "Clever Love"   4:27
9. "Soul Survivor (...2012)"   4:04
10. "Letters to God, Part II"   4:06
11. "Some Origins of Fire"   5:20
Total length:
53:57

Charts[edit]

Love charted on the US Billboard 200 when released on iTunes in 2011.

Chart Peak position
US Billboard 200[15] 67

Personnel[edit]

Angels & Airwaves

Film[edit]

Main article: Love (2011 film)

A movie with the same title Love has also been released. It, "tells a story of human life and destiny but at the same time really makes usual moments of life extraordinary. It's a circular narrative in many ways, where it kind of sums up the human race in a time capsule".[16] A 3-minute trailer was released on Friday, July 31, 2009 on the Angels & Airwaves website, featuring explosions, heavy artillery and Civil War soldiers. Part of the song "Letters to God, Part II" was featured during the video. The movie also appears to involve scenes aboard the International Space Station, keeping true to Tom's apparent interest in space as seen in many Angels & Airwaves music videos. The official movie trailer was released on Apple Trailers on Friday, October 30, 2009, and is available on Modlife.[17] The film has no relation to the 2008 film, Start the Machine, which was a documentary that followed the making of the first album.

On January 7, Tom shared a bit of the plot of the movie on ModCam, saying that the astronaut goes through a wormhole and meets God.[18] More was released on the plot of the movie when Tom DeLonge was interviewed by ABC. He said, on January 22, that the movie "centers on an astronaut who is stranded in a space station as the Earth collapses."[19]

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Tom was asked what the movie Love was about. He said, "It starts in the Civil War and you travel through time and space. There's a couple of different storylines. The main one is, a guy gets sent up to the International Space Station, and he gets abandoned up there. He doesn't know why. So throughout his years of being stuck up there, he sees the Earth starting to collapse below. He ends up basically becoming the last person alive. And then decades later, he wakes up one day and there's something outside of his spaceship, in low Earth orbit with him."[20]

On the Apple website, a description of the movie Love reads as follows: "After losing contact with Earth, Astronaut Lee Miller (Gunner Wright) becomes stranded in orbit alone aboard the International Space Station. As time passes and life support systems dwindle, Lee battles to maintain his sanity — and simply stay alive. His world is a claustrophobic and lonely existence, until he makes a strange discovery aboard the ship. Driven by the powerful music of Angels & Airwaves, Love explores the fundamental human need for connection and the limitless power of hope... A high-impact visual adventure, that resonates a common truth, that everyone has a story to tell and something even greater to leave behind."[21] On January 10, 2011, the new trailer for the movie was released.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Information Not Found". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2011-09-09. 
  2. ^ Baldwin, Kristen (2010-02-10). "Tom DeLonge on Angels and Airwaves' free 'Love,' the blink-182 reunion, and more". Music-mix.ew.com. Retrieved 2011-09-09. 
  3. ^ Lindsay, Andrew. "Angels and Airwaves to release album/movie on Christmas Day". stereokill.net. Retrieved 2011-09-09. 
  4. ^ "Angels and Airwaves // Videos". Modlife.com. Retrieved 2011-09-09. 
  5. ^ Fuel Tv. "Boston". Fuel Tv. Retrieved 2012-02-29. 
  6. ^ "Angels & Airwaves' DeLonge Talks 'Love' Tour, Movie". Billboard.com. 2010-02-29. Retrieved 2012-06-11. 
  7. ^ "AbsolutePunk review". Absolutepunk.net. 2010-02-14. Retrieved 2011-09-09. 
  8. ^ "Alternative Addiction review". Alternativeaddiction.com. 2010-02-19. Retrieved 2011-09-09. 
  9. ^ "Alternative Press review". Altpress.com. Retrieved 2011-09-09. [dead link]
  10. ^ "The Daily Campus review". Dailycampus.com. Retrieved 2011-09-09. 
  11. ^ "Highlander review". Media.www.highlandernews.org. Retrieved 2011-09-09. 
  12. ^ "Idobi Radio review". Idobi.com. Retrieved 2011-09-09. 
  13. ^ Musicmp3 review
  14. ^ Western Courier review[dead link]
  15. ^ http://acharts.us/album/66824
  16. ^ "MTV Article". MTV Article. 2009-08-03. Retrieved 2011-09-09. 
  17. ^ "Angels and Airwaves // Videos". Modlife.com. Retrieved 2011-09-09. 
  18. ^ [1][dead link]
  19. ^ "Entertainment News, Celebrity Interviews and Pop Culture". Abcnews.go.com. Retrieved 2011-09-09. 
  20. ^ Baldwin, Kristen (2010-02-10). "Tom DeLonge on Angels and Airwaves' free 'Love,' the blink-182 reunion, and more". Music-mix.ew.com. Retrieved 2011-09-09. 
  21. ^ Apple Inc. (1999-03-26). "Movie Trailers - Love". Apple. Retrieved 2011-09-09. 

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