New Surrender

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All Music Guide - Jared Johnson
A new lineup member, a new producer, and a step up to a major label added up to Anberlin's best sense of direction yet, and therefore their strongest output in their brief but prolific career. The band collaborated for three months in the studio to craft their Universal Republic debut with producer Neal Avron, who has helmed projects for Fall Out Boy, Yellowcard, and New Found Glory. Being their fifth album in scarcely six years, spending so much time in the studio had its share of risks involved, particularly with new guitarist Christian McAlhaney, whose addition made three songwriters in the bunch, generally a recipe for "creative differences." It's pleasing, therefore,...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jared Johnson
A new lineup member, a new producer, and a step up to a major label added up to Anberlin's best sense of direction yet, and therefore their strongest output in their brief but prolific career. The band collaborated for three months in the studio to craft their Universal Republic debut with producer Neal Avron, who has helmed projects for Fall Out Boy, Yellowcard, and New Found Glory. Being their fifth album in scarcely six years, spending so much time in the studio had its share of risks involved, particularly with new guitarist Christian McAlhaney, whose addition made three songwriters in the bunch, generally a recipe for "creative differences." It's pleasing, therefore, to see how well Anberlin define themselves on this record. Their sound on New Surrender isn't as much a diversion as it is a realization of their potential to finally seize the full emo spirit in all its glory, as if their high/low, intense-yet-laissez-faire approach to modern rock was simply warming up to this point, which is saying a lot given the quality of songs and the massive following they have carved out over the years. It's not unlike Mae's progression from the critically acclaimed The Everglow to Singularity, where it could be argued that diversity took a back seat to pinpointing their own sound. It worked for Mae, and it works here for Anberlin.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/30/2008
  • Label: Republic
  • UPC: 602517802957
  • Catalog Number: 001171002
  • Sales rank: 37,240

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Resistance (3:16)
  2. 2 Breaking (3:26)
  3. 3 Blame Me! Blame Me! (3:09)
  4. 4 Retrace (3:50)
  5. 5 Feel Good Drag (3:07)
  6. 6 Disappear (3:37)
  7. 7 Breathe (3:35)
  8. 8 Burn out Brighter (Northern Lights) (3:33)
  9. 9 Younglife (3:39)
  10. 10 Haight Street (2:59)
  11. 11 Soft Skeletons (4:09)
  12. 12 Miserabile Visu (Ex Malo Bonum) (6:36)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Anberlin Primary Artist
Neal Avron Keyboards
Sara Parkins Violin
Christian McAlhaney Keyboards, Group Member
Nathan Young Group Member
Sean Mackin Conductor
Ira Glansbeek Cello
Rodney Wirtz Viola
Ginger Murphy Cello
Joseph Milligan Keyboards, Group Member
Deon Rexroat Group Member
Amy Wickman Violin
Anna Stafford Violin
Stephen Christina Group Member
Ellen Jung Violin
Sam Fischer Violin
Christine Wu Violin
Technical Credits
Neal Avron Arranger, Programming, Producer, Engineer, String Arrangements, Audio Production
Ted Jensen Mastering
Butch Walker Composer
Dan Wilson Composer
Mitch Allan Composer
Mike Fasano Drum Technician
Anberlin Composer
Christian McAlhaney Composer, Programming
Sean Mackin Orchestration, String Conductor
Erich Talaba Engineer
Kyle Griner Management
Joseph Milligan Arranger, Composer, Programming, String Arrangements
Jordan Butcher Art Direction
Rob Dawson Guitar Techician
Stephen Christian Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Their Best Album Thus Far!

    Anberlin is another one of those bands that just continues to get better and better with each album that they put out, and such is true with their latest album, New Surrender. I listened all the way through this album the following morning after I downloaded, while I was doing some cleaning, and I absolutely loved it! My favorite songs are The Resistance, Breaking, and the last track Miserabile Visu (Ex Malo Bonum). Great song! I also liked their retake on their song The Feel Good Drag, which originally released on their album Never Take Friendship Personal. Both versions of the song are cool. The edition of New Surrender that I have, though, has one extra added track on it then what is listed for this version here on B & N, but no matter. This is a great album. Any of you Anberlin fans, or just any of you then enjoy a good indie/rock album, definitely check this one out. It's amazing!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Incredible Live

    Anberlin, who are way underrated, rocks harder than ever in this amazing CD. New Surrender features more hits, hitting the right lyrics and music every time. Their songs are so good, and even better when performed live. This CD just adds to the awesomeness that is Never Take Friendship Personal, Cities and the others. <BR/><BR/>MUST HAVE.<3

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