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Love
Studio album by Angels & Airwaves
Released February 14, 2010
Recorded January 2009 – July 2009, October 2009 – January 2010
Genre Alternative rock, neo-progressive rock, space rock
Length 53:59
Label Self-released
Producer Tom DeLonge
Professional reviews
Angels & Airwaves chronology
I-Empire
(2007)
Love
(2010)
Singles from Love
  1. "Hallucinations"
    Released: December 23, 2009

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. The album was released free of charge due to "corporate underwriting".[1] A "special edition" hard copy version of the album is scheduled for release in the near future.

On March 6, 2010 Tom DeLonge announced that the album has been downloaded over 500,000 times since its February 14 release.[2] Regarding these numbers, Delonge states that: "[the band's] core fans were really there for us, but it also means we’re reaching tons of new people that will hopefully turn into fans, which is all that any band can ever ask for."[3]

Contents

Production

The album began production in January 2009, after touring with Weezer in the fall of 2008. Production went very slowly as DeLonge was away on tour with Blink-182. DeLonge has compared the album's space rock influenced sound to that of U2 and Pink Floyd.

On their Facebook page, the band stated that on January 4 they returned to the studio to put the finishing touches to the Love album in time for the February 14 release.

On January 12, 2010, the band released a promotional video entitled "C:\Transmission_Love", which contained a short preview of The Flight Of Apollo.[4]

Release & special editions

In May 2009, it was announced that the album would be released on Christmas Day[5]. 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.

The free download of the album contains eleven tracks, but a physical copy of the album is also going to be released which will contain the same eleven tracks along with 30 minutes of extra music from the Love movie. The extra music will all flow together.

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.[6]

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.[7] free of charge. Furthermore, a remix of Hallucinations by Mark Hoppus became available to all of those who donate money when downloading Love from Modlife.

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 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.

Track listing

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

Track Title Length
1. "Et Ducit Mundum Per Luce"   2:34
2. "The Flight of Apollo"   6:15
3. "Young London"   5:04
4. "Shove"   6:35
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)"   4:05
10. "Letters to God, Part II"   4:06
11. "Some Origins of Fire"   5:22
53:57
Bonus tracks
Track Title Length
12. "Hallucinations" (Mark Hoppus Octopus Remix) 4:39
58:36

Sound and preview

The music of Love, DeLonge says, will have 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." In 2008, Tom DeLonge had fun with a new acoustic song, along with various other demos from I-Empire, he later suggested that he would make this into a song. David Kennedy previewed two new songs from the Love album via Modlife.

Personnel

Reception

Love has received positive reviews from music critics and websites. AbsolutePunk.com gave Love 77%, whilst other sites such as the Daily Campus awarded it with a 8/10. Love has currently received more positive reviews than I-Empire which was released two years earlier.

Film

A movie with the same title Love will also be 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".[8] 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.[9] 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.[10]

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."[11]

In a recent 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."[12]

On the Apple website, a description of the movie Love reads as follows: "After losing contact with Earth, Astronaut Lee Miller 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."[13]

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