Never Take Friendship Personal

Never Take Friendship Personal

4.8 10
by Anberlin
     
 
Band names are getting dumber and dumber in the Christian rock world, even as the bands get better and better, the guitars bigger and tighter, and the hooks more and more irresistible. All of those trends are epitomized in the sophomore effort by Anberlin, which producer Aaron Sprinkle and engineer

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Band names are getting dumber and dumber in the Christian rock world, even as the bands get better and better, the guitars bigger and tighter, and the hooks more and more irresistible. All of those trends are epitomized in the sophomore effort by Anberlin, which producer Aaron Sprinkle and engineer J.R. McNeely mixed in such a way as to best approximate the band's ferocious live energy. Try not to be put off by the pretentious song titles ("Audrey, Start the Revolution!," "[the symphony of] blasé," etc.) -- Anberlin is primarily concerned with sweeping you off your feet by means of huge, swooping melodies and rich harmonies, all powered by blunderbuss guitars and tightly structured production. "Paperthin Hymn" is one of the prettiest slabs of guitar rock released in the last ten years; "Stationary Stationery," despite its too-clever-by-half title, is one of the most perfect pop songs of 2004. "Runaways" somehow manages to sound simultaneously like Oingo Boingo and Loverboy -- someday someone is going to have to figure out how they did that. Of this album's 11 tracks, only two are less than brilliant, and only one of those (the superfluous instrumental "Heavy Hearted Work of Staggering Genius," har har) is less than very good. Very highly recommended overall.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/01/2005
Label:
Tooth & Nail Records
UPC:
0724386660701
catalogNumber:
66607
Rank:
78022

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Never Take Friendship Personal 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
hey!!! this cd is great. i just got it a couple of days ago and im lovin it. all the songs are great. if you aint got this cd, you dont know what your missin.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Remember when... ...Music used to be fun. ...Music had tunes that would infect your mind, leaving you humming the sounds hours later. ...You first heard such albums as Beautiful Letdown (SF) or Bleed American (JEW) and just knew you had found an album where you didn't know if the music, the words, or the synergy from the two was the best part. Nostalgia will recall this album in the future as well, this being some of the best work I've heard from the increasingly cheesy Christian rock culture. This album would best be categorized as classic punk, infused with plenty of electonica and edgy rock. Thank you boys, and Aaron, for making a great work.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I got this cd a few weeks ago, and I really like it! It is to me, worth buying. I think my favorite song on here is "Paperthin Hymn".
Guest More than 1 year ago
Anberlin is a wake up call for any music lover. This band brings together sentimental lyrics with spellbinding melodies. If your looking for a great band to sink your ears into, Anberlin is the choice for you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I never really got into music until my brother introduced me to all these bands and their msuic. One he introduced me to was anberlin and instantly i fell in love with all the songs on this cd. i can fall asleep to it, i can workout to it, i can do my homework while listening to it. it's just so great!! Personally i can't wait until their next album but for now i am perfectly content listening to this one.
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