Anberlin has remained a relatively unknown band to the mainstream media. The quintet out of Orlando, FL formed in 2002 and was quickly signed to the Indie label, Tooth & Nail Records.
Today, Anberlin remains one of the label’s strongest selling artists along with fellow label mates MxPx, Emery and Underoath.
With Stephen Christian’s soaring vocals and Nathan Young’s pounding drum patterns, the group has been able to accumulate a very strong fan base with previous releases “Blueprints for the Black Market” and “Never Take Friendship Personal.”
Now with Anberlin’s newest release, “Cities,” fans will be floored by the band’s progressed sound and matured lyrics. If the band’s first two releases didn’t catch your attention, this one demands to be heard.
Although the band has been segmented into genres like alternative pop/rock and Christian rock, it is nearly impossible to find the field of music that truly defines Anberlin.
With songs that are high on adrenaline to slower romantic ballads, Stephen Christian’s versatile voice seems to tackle each note effortlessly. In an attempt to stray away from pop while remaining immensely catchy, “Cities” opens with the instrumental track “(Debut)” which leads to the high-intensity first single “Godspeed.”
As the CD moves on, emotions run high with songs that deal with love, loss and life. A particular favorite, “The Unwinding Cable Car” showcases Christian’s soothing voice and ingenious lyrics.
Displaying a darker side, “Reclusion,” with its screaming vocals and indelible speed, proves Anberlin is no pop sensation. Then the ultimate romantic ballad, “Inevitable,” shows the band’s softer side reminiscent of a summer love song.
A guaranteed fan favorite, “Dismantle.Repair,” engulfs all of Anberlin’s progression and evolution, with the lines “Hands, like secrets, are the hardest thing to keep from you/Lines and phrases, like knives, your words can cut me through.”
As the album closes with the epic “(*Fin),” complete with Christian’s mesmerizing vocals and a children’s choir, “Cities” leaves the listener begging for more. Lucky for you, there is a special edition of the album available, which includes three B-sides and a DVD that includes footage of Anberlin’s making of the album.
With so many over-produced bands on the radio today, it’s good to take a step back and listen to something that is original and heart-felt.
I promise you will not be disappointed with this album. You can thank me later after you’ve purchased it.