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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


The eloquent description does not do this album justice. The range of songs is amazing and each holds its own. The lyrics are cleverly poetic and delve into the depths of human experience. Well crafted songs backed with fantastic melodies and catchy lyrics makes for a well rounded album. Angering keep me coming back for more. One of the best B sides also!!! Love you guys!!!!


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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