Agreed! Can't wrap my head around it, all albums are amazing. It's like as if Blink and 80's U2 had a baby and some Carl Sagan mixed into it. What's not to love about that? /\\//\ deserve way more credit.
Well, my opinion about this (and I love AvA): On 'Wdntw' and 'I-Epire' Tom merciless recycled all the tunes seem to stuck in his head for the last 20 years (compare the power riffs of BCR's 'All Systems Go' and AvA's 'Secret Crowds' ... and this is one of the less obvious examples!). But nothing else was expected from DeLonge, it were nice and catchy longplayers. The following albums they at least tried to sound anything different ... but failed in catching the old AvA vibe. Unfair to blame Tom for beeing his own copycat and saying so: but for me changing the sound made them boring. All in all they are still a very decent band. But they just write catchy pop songs. They are far away from beeing the 'trend-setting-world- conquering-multimedia-revelation' Tom wants them to be. And always pronouncing the next big project without ever finishing it, doesn't make you look more professional. I think this gap between 'to be' and 'want to be' is causing a lot of displeausure.
This band has some of the worst album art in modern music, which is baffling considering blink has good album art. Tom can still write a catchy ear worm though. "Let me feel you, carry you higher. Watch our words spread hope like fire. Secret crowds rise up and gather."
This is the one Blink side project I never really checked out but listening to them now it's pretty cool. Seems like they nail the big sound of U2 with a little more of a space vibe and some good melodies.
I actually really appreciate Tom's new sincerity approach to spacey rock music, and I think this project may have been received better if people didn't rate it based on how much they liked blink. A&A is not the best band ever, but they're pretty decent once you get past all the woah-oh-ohs.
I was enjoying "The Dream Walker" quite a lot at first. Now I just find myself having a hard time getting back to it, I can't seem to enjoy it that much anymore, it wears out too quickly. But I also feel that "Love, Part Two" is their second best album, and it feels good to be part of the minority sometimes.