angel in realtime.

Gang of Youths - angel in realtime.
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Based on 15 reviews
2022 Ratings: #108 / 330
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Based on 202 ratings
2022 Ratings: #113
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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.

With gorgeous writing, an emotional resonance, as well as magnificent, diverse compositions throughout, you can’t help but get completely swept away.
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.

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 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.

‘angel in realtime.’ is a truly great record that doesn’t hold back on its emotions or its storytelling.
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.

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.

Beats Per Minute

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

Heartfelt songs based in place and time, with a few fist-to-the-chest moments.
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.

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.

CATCH-UP WEEK: Feb 2022 Ep. 01 [Gang of Youths]

On their long-awaited 3rd album, Gang of Youths pair anthemic indie-rock vignettes with scathingly personal and reflective lyrics, reaffirming why they are easily the most important Australian band of the last 10 years.

Through a unique blend of passion and perseverance, the heroic David Le'aupepe captains the unstoppable and anthemic ship that is Gang of Youths through their latest triumph of an album. It’s hard to believe it’s now ... 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


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


This is a pleasant album to listen to, but lacks the substance of the 2 prior albums. This album feels hollow in comparison, and while some tracks do stand out, others seem to blend in with eachother.


Damn I almost missed out on this and I'm glad I didn't. Beautiful production and instrumentation to match the emotional songwriting. You can definitely hear the influence of Matt Berninger and The National but just slightly more bombastic and triumphant.


angel in realtime., the third album from Australian indie rock band Gang of Youths shows there’s fully capable for stepping into the shoes of being the next big stadium rock act, even if this album comes across a little underwhelming to my ears. Lyrically these songs do have a lot to offer, as singer David Le'aupepe does a lot of soul searching over the loss of his father and the legacy he’s left behind for Le'aupepe to unfold, but musically I didn’t find much that called to ... read more

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Added on: November 10, 2021