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Album Review

A new lineup member, a new producer, and a step up to a major label added up to Anberlin's best sense of direction yet, and therefore their strongest output in their brief but prolific career. The band collaborated for three months in the studio to craft their Universal Republic debut with producer Neal Avron, who has helmed projects for Fall Out Boy, Yellowcard, and New Found Glory. Being their fifth album in scarcely six years, spending so much time in the studio had its share of risks involved, particularly with new guitarist Christian McAlhaney, whose addition made three songwriters in the bunch, generally a recipe for "creative differences." It's pleasing, therefore, to see how well Anberlin define themselves on this record. Their sound on New Surrender isn't as much a diversion as it is a realization of their potential to finally seize the full emo spirit in all its glory, as if their high/low, intense-yet-laissez-faire approach to modern rock was simply warming up to this point, which is saying a lot given the quality of songs and the massive following they have carved out over the years. It's not unlike Mae's progression from the critically acclaimed The Everglow to Singularity, where it could be argued that diversity took a back seat to pinpointing their own sound. It worked for Mae, and it works here for Anberlin. [This U.K. edition includes the bonus track "A Perfect Tourniquet."]

Customer Reviews

The Purest Form Of Music!

This album is brilliant! There are only 3 other albums i prefer to this one (#1 Reanimation - Linkin Park, #2 Anberlins own Cities, and #3 Meteora - Linkin Park). Yes I prefer Cities because of its darker and louder tone, but this definatly comes a close 2nd. However, this is the best feel good album i have ever heard. Feel Good Drag i think proves superior over the original on Never Take Friendship Personal (although that one is very good too), Haight St is definately the best feel good song ever and songs like Breath and Breaking are simple beautiful. The best song for me and many others though has to be The Resistance, which is simply perfection of music. The Resistance relates more to the fans of Cities, making for an equally brilliant opening song as Godspeed is. Final Word. If you stumble across this band, DO NOT WALK BY. It may take a couple of listens, but they will quickly become addictive. Don't just buy New Surrender, BUY THEM ALL!!!

Throw up your arms and Surrender

Do you feel happy? If not, the chances are that you've not listened to the new Anberlin album, New Surrender. Where Cities was dark, cold, and mysterious, New Surrender is warm, comforting, and reassuring. It's that cup of hot chocolate on a winters evening, the arm around your shoulder when you feel down, and that reassuring feeling that everything around you might not be as bad as you think Yes, Anberlin have entered the mainstream, and although the album is not as robust as Cities, it still holds true the values of Anberlin that we love; good music made by good people. Buy this album, and Anberlin will never leave your heart.

pure brilliance

this is a great album and i would also suggest cities, Breaking and Feel Good Drag are deffo two of the best songs on this amazng album. Saw these guys the other day and they are amazing live! If you get the chance to go and see them, do!!


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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