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Dark Is the Way, Light Is a Place shows Anberlin's ability to rage against the world while forging tracks that are both melodically enticing and instrumentally potent. The band’s spiritual underpinnings are given in terse, biting language and driven home by Stephen Christian’s anguished-to-exalted lead vocals. Dark Is the Way… explores the peaks and chasms of love, capturing a boundless sense of desire in “Impossible” and nursing wounds of betrayal in “To the Wolves.” “We Owe This to Ourselves” reasserts Anberlin’s aggressive side with rifle-shot guitar bursts and a ZZ Top-like beat. The band’s sweeter songs — particularly the yearning “You Belong Here” and the acoustic-centered “Down” — don’t lose their edge even as they celebrate the possibility of happiness. Most of all, these songs are concerned with truth and self-liberation, a theme most passionately expressed in the album’s closing tune, “Depraved.” Producer Brendan O’Brien helps Anberlin achieve a widescreen sound with cleanly slicing guitar lines and luminous vocal harmonies.

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By Far Their Strongest Release

Anberlin is one of those bands that continues to grow and never lets the listener down. They signed to a major label without a "major" sellout and continue to keep up their original sound while growing as musicians.

This album is by far their strongest release and doesn't seem to have even one "filler" song.
All ten songs are catchy in their own way and definitely have a "Cities" vibe to them as well.

The production on this album is AMAZING and Christian's vocals sound the best they ever have...and that's saying a lot seeing as he's never let the listener down in the past.

All around a great album and hopefully people will accept it for what it is and accept growing change.

This is it.

Anberlin set out to make the best piece of music that they ever could.. and I personally think they succeeded. People will whine about how it isn't a sequel to Cities, but you have got to realize that Anberlin has progressed and matured from album to album. New Surrender tested the waters of a new label and though it might have been a little bumpy they made it through with a good album. These guys have been together for 7 years+ so they were ready to make this record. They had the experience with both types of record labels and multiple producers and Brendan O'Brien was a great match for this record.

Dark Is The Way, Light Is A Place is just flat out incredible. They have all sorts of sounds on this album. The album draws you in with two solid typical Anberlin rockers to just wett the palate for a whole new realm that Anberlin had never reached..until now. Brendan O'Brien had great influence on this record and you can really hear it with the great mixing and engineering. There are effects thrown into songs (Closer, my favorite if a great example) that brilliantltly enhance the sound of the music giving it a full, rich tone. Through all of this, though Stephen's vocals soar to new heights that are crisp and perfectly directed. The guitars are amazing. The song structures are amazing. The rhythm diversity is amazing.

I could gush for hours about this album, but I will let the music speak for itself. No filler tracks found here. Listen 1-10, no shuffle and let Stephen, Joey, Christian, Deon, and Nate show you the album that they have been waiting to make their entire lives.


i dont know where the group that wrote songs like adelaide and unwinding cable car and never make friendship personal and even haight st. went but this is a little strange to me. i listen to a view songs and want to turn it off but then songs like impossible and to the wolves bring me back in, but then im just disappointed again. i was so excited for this album and i was pretty disappointed in it. i wish they would get away from the major label record companies and go back to the old anberlin


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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