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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’s 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 that’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.

Customer Reviews

Anberlin at Their Best

One of the best rock albums this year. No dud tracks, just a highly cohesive set of brilliant songs. If modern rock radio sounded more like this, it'd be much more listenable. How have these guys not blown up in the UK yet?

Anberlin Is The Way.

Adore this album, I love Art of War just it's tone and the great vocals. The whole album is put together perfectly. I can't believe I hadn't heard of these guys since my friend told me about so I decided to look them up on iTunes and listened to a few previews, I now have every album by them :D I can't understand why they haven't topped the UK charts yet!? Is it because of all that Tinie Tempah R&B rubbish, because if it is then someone really needs to give the UK media a hint on this band.

5* <3

Anberlin hits the mark

love the album, each song is perfect. the melodies that replace gutair are perfect (though somtimes i like a nice riff). if only the "x factor" didnt take up the charts in this country(its a music talent show for pop only)


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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