Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Never Take Friendship Personal
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock, Christian
There's only one word that comes immediately to mind when describing Anberlin's Never Take Friendship Personal release. The word? Amazing. This is one of those truly remarkable releases that is so refreshing, so defining, ... more »
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There's only one word that comes immediately to mind when describing Anberlin's Never Take Friendship Personal release. The word? Amazing. This is one of those truly remarkable releases that is so refreshing, so defining, and so well done, you will feel a need to let every know about it. Much like Switchfoot's The Beautiful Letdown and D.C. Talk's Jesus Freak, Anberlin's second release captures the musical styles of the day but recasts them in a unique and exciting way. Much credit up front should go to producer Aaron Sprinkle, who never lets the music overshadow Steven Christian's emotive alto vocals. Joseph Milligan's guitar work is nothing short of phenomenal and propels such blistering tracks like "Paperthin Hymn," "Runaways," and "Feel Good Drag." Let's not forget the rock-steady rhythm from drummer Nathan Young and bassist Deon Rexroat that continually lays down a concrete foundation. Also worthy of note is the intelligent songwriting that prevails throughout the release, showing that Christian-based bands don't always check their brains at the studio door. Moody at times, exhilarating at others, this is a giant leap forward for a relative newcomer in Christian music. It's also a release worthy of widespread acclaim and a breath of fresh air in a genre that is sadly growing all too predictable. --Michael Lyttle
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J. R. Morales | Puerto Rico | 12/15/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"12/23 NOTE: Anberlin's NEW album, "Cities" hits stores on February 20th, 2007. You can get a sneak peek on the Tooth & Nail Podcast, or you can download two songs off their EP on iTunes come Dec 26th. It sounds awesome. Enjoy!
Anberlin's "Blueprints for the Black Market" gave listeners a surprise left hook that left them awed at the amazing potential that this newcomer band had. Everyone knew they would make waves, but it's not until the release of their sophomore album, "Never Take Friendship Personal," that Anberlin became an unstoppable force in the music industry.
Musically and lyrically, "Never Take Friendship Personal" follows along the lines of their previous release, but it's subtle differences that make this record unique... not only from their previous release, but from any other band that tries to compare. A little emo, a little rock & roll -- but all Anberlin.
The vocals are exceptionally done (as only Stephen Christian can do so) bringing forth the power and emotion needed to complement the music. The music is simply Anberlin: original, catchy, lasting. With each progression and every new chord, Anberlin ensures it's longevity. They mean business, and it shows.
All of the songs are great, so if you liked the previous release, you're sure to love this one. There's even a slower song (something not found in "Blueprints for the Black Market") that just yells originality.
As for the lyrics, although most of them are about relationships, they are beautifully written. Most of the time they remind me of poetry. Though the lyrics aren't directly Christian, the band's testimony speaks for itself. So, to those that wonder whether or not Anberlin is a Christian band: they are. They just don't have to sing about it to prove it. Actions speak louder than words."
Just buy it, don't even think about it
Robby | Traverse City, MI USA | 12/24/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Wow, blown away by this album in every way possible. This is one of those albums where I listen to the entire thing without skipping one song and wishing it wouldn't end. I liked Blueprints For The Black market but it was one of those albums where I liked it but not enough to really listen to it all the time. With this one, no question the best of 2005. Honestly if you liked Blueprints then buy this right now. If you like this type of music in general than just buy this right now.
Oh, and some idiot on here posted saying that "Emo sucks" and I just wanted to give my opinion on that. "Emo" means "Emotional", so doesn't that mean that all music qualifies as Emo? Without emotion, there would be no music, correct? Music is an emotionally driven art. I hate when people use that term."
Greg | Bakersfield, CA United States | 05/08/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"anberlin is back and better than ever. this is a great sophmore release. amazingly beautiful vocals, and different styles make each song individually great. their singer has one of the best voices ive ever heard. if you like the non-whiny emo like armor for sleep or new hopesfall, get this. you wont let it out of your cd player"