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Vital restores the ferocious yet intelligent edge that made Amberlin's early releases stand out from the ranks of typical Christian rock. Reunited with original producer Aaron Sprinkle, the quintet flexes real musical muscle as it explores themes both personal and political. The album transcends the confines of emo-pop with hard-punching tracks powered by the punishing drum work of Nathan Young. Stephen Christian continues to show an uncommon ability to combine raw force with emotional nuance as lead singer. Searing tunes like “Self-Starter” and polished ballads like “Innocence” are delivered with conviction. Vital’s sonic mix of brawny ‘90s-esque rock guitar, well-sculpted melodies, and atmospheric electronica frames lyrics that range from urgent anti-war pleas (“Someone Anyone”) to prayerful ruminations (“Other Side”) and angry breakup tirades (“Desires"). The showstopper here is the closing track, “God, Drugs & Sex”, a darkly tender dissection of a tormented relationship featuring the honeyed guest vocals of Christie DuPree. Anberlin here achieves a heroic sound that should impress old and new fans alike.

Customer Reviews

Anberlin back to their best

Arguably their best release yet, Vital is everything that makes Anberlin brilliant. From heavy hitting chorus' to Stephen Christian's hauntingly beautiful voice this record is 12 songs just begging to be seen live, anthem rock at its finest.

At last!

This album won't disappoint fans of their earlier works and, for me, is a very welcome break from the rather bland last couple of releases. Back to the melodies, thick sound and vocals that make Anberlin great!

I thought they'd be bigger!

How a band that produces such consistently high quality music album after album isn't huge I don't know. Fantastic catchy songs with outstanding vocals and melodies. I love every album so far but this is the best since Cities! Looking for ward to seeing them play the UK. Awesome!!


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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