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Album Review

On their fifth album, Dark Is the Way Light Is a Place, Anberlin continue down the path they started down on New Surrender, with a sound that’s even more layered and dense. Utilizing the talents of Grammy-winning producer Brendan O’Brien, the band’s sound has evolved in a way that manages to be less poppy while sounding decidedly more pop, with the album having a casual slickness to it that makes it sound like something that belongs on the radio rather than an something that’s trying to be on the radio. Part of this comes from the band borrowing heavily from U2’s playbook. The songs feel more expansive, utilizing lots of delay-heavy guitars to fill more space with simpler melodies, creating a lush musical landscape for singer Stephen Christian’s vocals to explore. This new direction goes a long way towards separating Anberlin from the rest of the emo-rock pack, giving them a little something to help them standout to the uninitiated while delivering the plaintive pop will please everyone who’s already made a connection with the band. While they might miss some of the drive that the band brought to the table in their earlier work, the depth of slower and more spacious songs like “Take Me (As You Found Me)” should ultimately prove more rewarding in the long run. [The deluxe edition, released in 2010, features a DVD of bonus material.]

Customer Reviews

In one word: awesome.

Anberlin has gone through a incredible process of musical evolution. And with this album, I think they've arrived at their destination. For now, at least. Unlike 'Never Take Friendship Personal' or even 'Cities', this latest effort is darker than all others that have come before it. Perhaps 'Cities' was slightly more rocky or harder, but DITW,LIAP is certainly darker in a different way. It starts off with a punchy rock anthem in the form of 'We Owe This to Ourselves', which then transitions into the single 'Impossible', which in my opinion is one of the best songs on the album. There's a reason why it's a single. Then comes the first slow ballad of the album, 'Take Me (As You Found Me)'. This is a beautiful song that is in stark but great contrast with the two previous songs. After this is one of the darkest songs, 'Closer'. To me, it sounds like the subject is some kind of werewolf or something, and it wouldn't be out of place in that kind of movie. Great song. Another ballad, 'You Belong Here' follows, and is just as beautiful as Track 3. Then comes a departure from Anberlin's usual style, 'Pray Tell'. Inspired by their tour to South America, it utilises stomp-clap percussion that drives the song forward. It also contains some of the best lyrics on the album. 'Art of War' is, personally, my second favourite song on the album. One of the lyrics says 'Because of you - I'll never write another love song'; and ironically, there are at least two love songs on the album. Then comes my favourite song on the album: 'To The Wolves'. A fist-pumping rock song, it talks about a friend's betrayal, and contains a great guitar riff. Finally, the last two songs 'Down' and 'Depraved' were personally not up to the same standard of the rest of the album. It's not that they were too slow - Anberlin have done some great slow songs - it's something else I can't put my finger on. You might like them though. Something to note with this album - for the most part (with a couple of exceptions), the songs aren't immediately appealing. It's only after a couple of full run-throughs that the songs get ridiculously awesome. So it's definitely a different sound to Never Take Friendship Personal. After Anberlin moved to a major record label, they had a shaky start with 'New Surrender', which I thought wasn't that great at all. But now they're back and even better than before. In my opinion, the best album of Anberlin to date.

simply incredible

this album is an unbelieveable blend of alternative rock music and interesting beats and sounds, anberlin has gone from great to amazing. The album has just about everything, it has some old sounds similar to that in the album never take friendship personal and also sounds from the newer new surrender! being a massive anberlin fan i was worried about this album, but they have nailed it, it is fantastic!
definitely worth a buy! :D

Anberlin - 2010

I don't have the words to convey the depth of emotion and the musicial genius that is in this album. It has songs of love and pain, peace and joy, hostility and despair, but covered with an eternal hope. May this album get the recognition it rightly deserves.


Formed: 2002 in Winter Haven, FL

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Hailing from Orlando, Florida, Anberlin formed from the ashes of various other area projects. Led by the soaring vocals of Stephen Christian, the positive-thinking Anberlin also included Joseph Milligan (guitar), Nathan Young (drums), Joey Bruce (guitar), and Deon Rexroat (bass), and presented an alternative pop/rock sound that, while inflected with the earnestness of emo, was closer to the mature stylings of Third Eye Blind. A five-song demo garnered Anberlin the attention of Seattle-based indie...
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