Posted September 15, 2010
Anberlin returns for their 5th album and it is probably their most ambitious one to date. Luckily Anberlin has a reputation for making even the most ambitious music very enjoyable to listen to and this album is no exception. There are two ways you can listen to this album: First, you could listen to it as an average person who has heard some Anberlin songs but hasn't become a true fan. They might listen to this album and not like it at first but, after some repeat listens, it might grow on them. The second way you can listen to this album is if you already are a fan of the band. You'll notice a change in style that feels more ambient then their previous albums. (Big fans of the bands earlier work will especially enjoy the track To The Wolves.) Yes, Anberlin has evolved and this album really feels like an experiment. There are a lot of unfamiliar sounds that have not been present on any of the band's previous albums, but that's ok. I really enjoyed this album because of how different it sounded from their previous works. If you didn't like New Surrender, you will definitely not like this album. Vice versa for people who enjoyed New Surrender. I really liked this album and I think it's a strong contender for album of the year.
(On a side note: Don't worry, Anberlin's trademark idea of having the last track of any of their albums be as epic as possible is still in full force here. Depraved is my second favorite last track. First being *Fin from Cities.)
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