10 Songs, 43 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The big news here is that Airborne’s sound has altered so much over the years that early fans might not be sure if Dope Machines is what they signed up for. That's completely understandable, but as Pete Townshend once said, "music must change." Taken for what they are and not what preconceived notions say they should have been, “California” and “Time to Be a Man” are emotionally satisfying tunes that find singer Mikel Jolett acclimating beautifully. If songs like “Wrong,” “One Time Thing,” and “Hell and Back” divide fans, it’s important to note that the album’s closing tracks feel like a logical evolution for the group. 

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EDITORS’ NOTES

The big news here is that Airborne’s sound has altered so much over the years that early fans might not be sure if Dope Machines is what they signed up for. That's completely understandable, but as Pete Townshend once said, "music must change." Taken for what they are and not what preconceived notions say they should have been, “California” and “Time to Be a Man” are emotionally satisfying tunes that find singer Mikel Jolett acclimating beautifully. If songs like “Wrong,” “One Time Thing,” and “Hell and Back” divide fans, it’s important to note that the album’s closing tracks feel like a logical evolution for the group. 

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Ratings and Reviews

4.1 out of 5
122 Ratings

122 Ratings

grumpy2390u5 ,

Changing expectations

There’s a surprising amount of vitriol about this album, which is understandable, but misplaced. They have changed their sound — deliberately, and effectively. This is more electronic, and more layered, but no less interesting or compelling. There are some real gems here, and some of the “classic” cleverness, it’s just tied up in a different delivery. It’s been growing on me for some time, and there are sounds here that are new to them (like early OMD synth sounds). Good bands play what they want, and they evolve — it’s no different here, and this is a solid album, and it plays well live. Think of the transition from “This is the Sea” to “Fisherman’s Blues” for the Waterboys; a big shift in sound; no less good, just different. If you’re a traditionalist, there’s a second, accompanying album on their site that is mostly acoustic. Bottom line — a great band, doing interesting things, and a couple of standout tracks (wrong and California) and others growing with more listens.

AAHC ,

What the heck...

happened to these guys ?

They've become an even softer version of quasi-techno-Coldplay. Gone is the joy of Papillon, Missy, Gasoline, Numb and the artistic side of Sometime Around Midnight, All I Ever Wanted, Duet, etc.

You can't differentiate them from any other bunch of mediocre bland bands any more.

Too bad, they had a distinct Alt style. They decided not to show their 'edge' anymore.

The Techno Pop Event.

Loleskie ,

A bold new vibe

I am a big fan of their sound, and while the small taste of this album is different than the music of the past I give them credit for taking a chance and experimenting with a new vibe. The sounds so far are good. I really like WRONG and the other two songs have a great feel to them. Yes, it is different than what they have put out in the past, but I applaud them for mixing it up and am eager to taste the rest of this album. The band has my allegiance and just because this new album is a different vibe I refuse to waver in my loyalty. The sound is fresh and the lyrics amazing as always.

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