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Editors’ Notes

Wrapping up their career after 12 productive years, Anberlin turn Lowborn into a compelling final statement of artistic ambition and unshakable belief. Nearly all aspects of this Florida Christian pop/rock quintet’s protean sound can be heard in these tracks, engineered by longtime studio partners Aaron Sprinkle, Matt Goldman, and Aaron Marsh. The band’s sonic complexity—ranging from quietly introspective pieces to furious punk outbursts and sleek new wave excursions—are unified by thoughtfully fervent lyrics that don’t flinch at posing hard spiritual questions. Lead singer Stephen Christian tailors his vocal approach to the content of the tunes, raging with prophetic anger on “We Are Destroyer,” capturing an awe-struck reverence on “Atonement,” and embracing a higher love on “Losing It All.” Lowborn's music is even more diverse, surging with ‘80s-style pop elegance (“Stranger Ways”) before exploding with hardcore violence (“Dissenter”) and finally resting in contemplative glory (“Harbinger”). There’s an ultimate faith in redemption that shines through, giving Anberlin’s valedictory offering a healing, deeply humane glow.

Customer Reviews

WEAR A HELMET

Just got through listening to whole album...You can really feel their pain in this one.
I submit to you two words of caution:
While listening to this album, make sure you wear a helmet and a seat belt because most of the songs are relentless, unforgiving, and filled with a no-man’s land of sound and fury. Also make sure you’re not doing anything that requires precision or concentration like - I dunno - brain surgery or something because this album will grab you by the horn and scream in your ear. You have been warned. I tried to compare Lowborn to Vital to see the progression (descension?) and it is clear to me that Lowborn was meant to be the cataclysmic end to a great procession of albums; each one growing more adult than it’s predecessor...Wear a helmet!

Anberlin. Always & Forever.

Love your music, your passion to make it, you guys have been the BEST since Blueprints For the Black Market, you guys will always be the BEST!!! Anberlin, Always and Forever!!!

Anberlin - forever my favorite band

This album is the greatest gift that Anberlin could possibly leave us before they disband. While it's really sad they're splitting up, I'm incredibly thankful that they made this last album. It's incredible. Their career as a band has been amazing, and I'm sure their music has touched many of your lives, as it has touched mine. I remember the lyrics from Dismantle. Repair. helping me through one of the darkest times of my life: "things are gonna change now, for the better." Things have changed for the better. Anberlin may be splitting, but their music will continue to inspire people and change lives. There will never be another band that will impact me as much as Anberlin has.

Here's a track-by-track review of their final album:
1.) We Are Destroyer (9/10) - Anberlin is known for their powerful openers, and this is no exception. Starts the album off with a bang.
2.) Armageddon (10/10) - HOLY. This song is probably my favorite off the album. The way it builds is amazing.
3.) Stranger Ways (10/10) - Strong choice for a first single. The instrumentals are pretty simple and have a similar pattern throughout, but it's a great sound. The lyrics are great too.
4.) Velvet Covered Brick (9.5/10) - Another great song with a strong rock sound. I love how the guitar matches the vocals in the chorus.
5.) Atonement (8.5/10) - I'm not sure if this was the best choice for a single. It definitely grows on you with more listens. It has a strong electronic sound during the verses, but overall is a great song with good lyrics as well.
6.) Birds of Prey (8.5/10) - This song reminds me of DITWLIAP, probably because it has a darker sound. Really interesting and unique song for Anberlin. I love the string intro.
7.) Dissenter (7/10) - I'm not sure how I feel about the vocals on this song. It's hard to even understand what he's saying. I really do love the bridge, but the sudden transition back to the loud chorus always catches me off guard.
8.) Losing it All (9.5/10) - The chorus is extremely catchy. The lyrics could have been stronger in my opinion, but overall it's hard not to like this song.
9.) Hearing Voices (10/10) - Excellent choice for a single. Everything about this song is amazing. The sound, the lyrics, the instrumentation, the vocals, you name it.
10.) Harbinger (8/10) - I feel like this one will grow on me with more listens. I like how this song sort of explains why the band is splitting. Although it's not the famous "epic, long closer" that we've seen on Anberlin's past albums, it's still a good way to end the album.

Biography

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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