Music Review: Dark is the Way, Light is a Place
**** (4/5 stars)
Anberlin’s new album from Universal Republic will please most fans of their recent work. Anberlin is a 2 parts Alternative/Indie Rock, 1 Part Christian Rock band from Orlando, FL. Their broad appeal has resulted in over 23million plays on Last.FM. What you notice first is the ambient rock ethos. Lead singer Stephen Christian’s voice blends harmoniously with pleasing guitar hooks. His voice is rich and broad and it wraps itself around your ears.
But then you notice that these guys know how to rock! Their musicianship has continued to improve since their 2002 launch. More complex melodies and a driving rock feel give you reasons to come back for more. When you do come back what begins to shine is the high production values. Some fans of Amberlin’s earliest Indie days might not enjoy this. But a whole new segment of adult listeners will likely take notice of this maturing band.
These driving love/love lost songs have broad appeal because you could sing most of them to God or your girlfriend/spouse. There is so much energy in most of these tracks they could help you complete a tough workout or bring you home from a frustrating day at work. Just a touch of EMO grabs your dark night of the soul and lets you light the fires of the sacred, putting pain in perspective.
The first 6 of the 10 tracks are definite keepers. We Owe This To Ourselves, Impossible, Take Me (As You Found Me), Closer, You Belong Here, and Pray Tell will hold your interest the first time you listen. Depraved will appeal to early fans.
Throw in a DVD and free T-Shirt for the kids and you have a nice box set! Available in iTunes, from AmazonMP3, BestBuy and other retailers now!
“since when did bullets start to sing?” from We Owe This to Ourselves
“are you keeping safe distance? holding me arm’s length away?” from Closer
“take what you want from me, it means nothing now. take everything from me, it means nothing now” from Impossible
“The ground is shaking underneath Now that you’re here…The world is on fire since you’ve come near all I’ve ever desired is here with me” from Take Me (As You Found Me)
“But I’ll give you all I have It isn’t much, not much at all but a heart that’s not worth breaking isn’t worth much, not at all” from You Belong Here
“Lie to yourself, don’t lie to me. Lie to yourself, don’t hide yourself. Find yourself, let me find you. Find yourself, let me find you…I’m the only one who can save you now” from Pray Tell
“you’re not a slave, so get off your knees” from Depraved (perhaps about addictions)
Sat, Oct 23, 2010 6:00 PM