Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Review: Anberlin - Dark Is The Way, Light Is A Place

Anberlin have worked long and hard to be the “new big thing”. Since 2002 they have earned themselves an extremely devoted fan base with quality recordings and a strenuous touring schedule. Having finally hit the big time of national attention with their previous release New Surrender, their follow up was of great concern. Would they go over the top in pandering to their new success and strive to produce an album of radio friendly tunes, or would they show an effort to retain the fans who loved them all along by showing some of the interestingly quirky musicianship that have always made them unique. With Dark Is The Way, Light Is A Place, Anberlin has successful straddled both ends of the spectrum. The front half of the album, including the first single, “Impossible” leans more into the realm of maintaining major label, commercial success, while the back half leans a bit more into the variety and uniqueness that appeals to the long term fans. Anberlin was beloved for years as everyone’s favorite secret. Now that the secret is out, it’s good to see they still want to take us along for the ride.

Will appeal to fans of Jimmy Eat World/Train/Lifehouse/Mae/Melee

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