Sticky sweet pop melodies, explosive pop-punk chord progressions, "sensitive guy" lyrics. Yep, this should all sound pretty darn familiar if you're a rock fan circa the early 21st century, as there's been an endless stream of bands (for years by this point) that meet all the prerequisites of the aforementioned checklist. And on their 2007 release, Cities, there are certain moments that you can definitely add Anberlin to this list. Thankfully, they don't specialize in that annoying frat-boy-esque shtick that some pop-punk bands do; instead, Anberlin can be quite an ambitious bunch that go the emo route. While songs such as the album opening "Godspeed" sounds like your average pop-punk band of the moment, tracks such as the acoustic guitar-driven "The Unwinding Cable Car" is emo at its most naked (and includes some pretty darn impressive vocal harmonies). But for the most part, the tunes sound like a hopeful trying to win over the judges in the latest episode of Rockstar, especially on such tracks as "Adelaide" and "Hello Alone." Nothing too groundbreaking here, but nothing cringe-worthy, either.
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- Tooth & Nail Records
Performance CreditsAnberlin Primary Artist
Aaron Mlasko Percussion
Nathan Young Drums
Joseph Milligan Guitar,Keyboards,Group Member
Deon Rexroat Bass Guitar,Group Member
Aaron Marsh Vocals
Nathan Strayer Guitar
Stephen Christian Vocals,Group Member
Technical CreditsAaron Sprinkle Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Matt Slocum String Arrangements,Choir Arrangement
Aaron Mlasko Drum Technician
Randy Torres Engineer
Nathan Young Composer
Joseph Milligan Composer,Engineer
Deon Rexroat Composer
Nathan Strayer Composer
Stephen Arnold Composer
Stephen Christian Composer
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Anberlin is definitly one of my favorite bands. This album is probably one of their best yet. I would say that the hilightes of the CD are Inevitable, Dismantle Repair, Alexithymia, and Unwinding Cable Car. Anberlin is really good at slow songs and they should do more of them.
For any Anberlin fan, this is probably the most important CD after Never Take Friendship Personal. Their lyrics are deep and they send positive messages, and though they are a Christian band, they don't preach. The lead singer Stephen's voice is amazing and unique. It sounds better [if you can imagine that] live in concert. I'm saying this about a concert I attended after Stephen was in the hospital for bronchitis a couple nights previous. Not to mention, the guys are all very down to earth and easy to talk to, if you meet them. All in all, it's worth it to fall in love with this band. They won't let you down.
Anberlin is my all time favorite band and i must say that i hate it when people call them "emo rock" they are not emo rock!!! they are christian/positive message band that puts emo in there to explodie the message! i think this is there best cd yet! I love AlEXTHYMIA, THERE IS NO MATHEMATICS TO LOVE AND LOSS,RECULSION, A WHISHPER AND A CLAMOUR, ADELIADE, AND INEVITABLE. THIS IS A MUST BUY CD!!!
Anberlin is my new Favorite band! This CD is a must own! Many of the lyrics are really deep, they make you think; and Stephen Christian's voice is AMAZING. "Whisper and a Clamor", "Godspeed", and "The Unwinding Cable Car" are my favorite songs; but all of the others are great too. In my opinion this is the best of music... a lot of the songs have a positive message,and none have profanity,and the entire CD totally ROCKS!