angel in realtime.

Gang of Youths - angel in realtime.
Critic Score
Based on 15 reviews
2022 Ratings: #255 / 807
User Score
Based on 338 ratings
2022 Ratings: #354
Liked by 42 people
February 25, 2022 / Release Date
LP / Format
Warner, Sony / Label
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Gang of Youths' newfound musical evolution, sincerity and lyrical density are sure to set them up for backlash following a bold-font maximalist triumph like Go Farther in Lightness.


The third full-length from Australia's ARIA Award-winning Gang of Youths, 2022's Angel in Realtime is an album you won't easily forget.

The characters and settings are written in vivid detail, the narrative is expertly crafted with flashes between past and present, and the music feels predestined for the drama and showmanship of a theatrical stage.
With gorgeous writing, an emotional resonance, as well as magnificent, diverse compositions throughout, you can’t help but get completely swept away.
The Sydney Morning Herald
The whole record is infused with a son’s love – a love of such ferocity that it virtually lunges through the speakers and weeps on your shoulder.
Under the Radar

Unfolding like a rock opera as it traverses the length and breadth of one man’s entire life from the Polynesian Isles to the Tasman Sea and back, angel in realtime is a bold and epic expression of identity, loss, and our need to believe in something greater than ourselves—in the divine—that angels do walk among us, albeit flawed but worthy of second chances.


With Angel in Realtime, Gang of Youths have elevated their work to new echelons of arena rock potential. Listening to it from start to finish is something genuinely satisfying.

On their third album, the Sydney-formed band channel raw grief and frontman Dave Le’aupepe’s explorations of his Samoan heritage into soaring stadium rock.
‘angel in realtime.’ is a truly great record that doesn’t hold back on its emotions or its storytelling.
Beats Per Minute

angel in realtime. paints a sympathetic portrait of Le’aupepe’s late father, but never a whitewashed one.

No Ripcord

The score they write for themselves, as thrilling as it is, can be somewhat overwrought at times, resulting in an aural mood that could've used some dramatic nuance.

Heartfelt songs based in place and time, with a few fist-to-the-chest moments.
Led by the charismatic Dave Le’aupepe, the stadium rock quintet’s wildly ambitious third album is intimate in its details but rarely anything other than IMAX-sized in its proportions.
The Guardian
The big, bold songs will get the airplay and crowds singing, but it is the stripped-back ones where the Aussie rockers truly shine on their third album.
The record’s well- meaning earnestness is a little overwhelming, but it’s the stuffed-crust arrangements that really grate, everything happening at once, and often for too long.

I remember when one of my friends told me to listen to "Go Farther In Lightness" way back in 2020. I never heard that record but hey, maybe it will be better than "angels in realtime.", which I already think that it is a great album! I really like this!


One of my favourite bands has returned with a complex album meditating on loss, grief and remembrance.

Gang of Youths are a special band that I hold close to my heart. No other band currently active in Australian indie rock has quite perfectly nailed the balance of intelligently intricate lyricism and an emotional potency that is often as devastating as it is hopeful. I first got into the band through their sophomore album - 2017’s Go Farther In Lightness – during a dark part of my ... read more


Having enjoyed 'The Angel Of 8th Ave' and 'Unison' from their 2021 EP, I thought I'd like this more than I did. I generally like lead singer Dave Le’aupepe's charismatic vocal delivery and the chamber pop instrumentals are also quite pretty but the combination can occasionally sound a little overblown. Overall, none of the new tracks surpass the heights of 'The Angel Of 8th Ave', which sounds like the band channelling The National in their prime.

Favourite Tracks: You In Everything, In ... read more


This album is heavily under appreciated. It’s fantastic.
Gang of Youths Dave Le’aupepe speaks of fatherhood and his own childhood qualms with his father, and the struggle he now faces reconnecting with family, and frankly it’s beautiful.

The storytelling here is great, better than Go Farther In Lightness, certainly. Sonically all these songs sound amazing, youthful and flourishing, and there is a real experimentation in this album with unison, tend the garden etc that ... read more


Favourite Song: goal of the century


I remember when one of my friends told me to listen to "Go Farther In Lightness" way back in 2020. I never heard that record but hey, maybe it will be better than "angels in realtime.", which I already think that it is a great album! I really like this!

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Added on: November 10, 2021