Angels & Airwaves

Love Album, Pt. 2

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The second volume of Angels & AirwavesLove project picks up where the first left off yet trumps its predecessor quite handily, appropriately offering a cinematic spin on A&A’s trademark blend of Cure and U2. Angels & Airwaves don’t abandon that sky-scraping spaciness -- echoing guitars borrowed from the Edge careen all over the place -- but there’s a force to their textures, some aerodynamic hooks, some shape to their songs that nevertheless don’t sacrifice atmosphere. Perhaps this was designed as a soundtrack to the A&A-produced movie Love but Love: Part 2 winds up as the group’s most effective album yet: it channels their ‘80s hero worship into something propulsive and distinctive.