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Cities

AnberlinAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)

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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 ... Read more in Amazon's Anberlin Store

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  • Audio CD (February 20, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Tooth & Nail Records
  • ASIN: B000MM0L3C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,432 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Unlike most emo bands that merely offer a laundry list of personal hardships over the sound of loud guitars, the members of Anberlin know that they can seek salvation in a higher power, so the songs on Cities aren't so much about self-pity as self-preservation. It's a refreshing twist on the formula, especially when paired with the industrial-strength hooks the spiritual Florida band knocks out on tracks like "Dismantle. Repair." and "Godspeed." On the latter, the group's frontman Stephen Christian lashes out against the bad habits of his secular counterparts: "Tell them who you were, who you really were/Kill yourself slowly over time, fashion statement suicide." --Aidin Vaziri

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Anberlin expands its grasp of what a rock record can be with their third studio album, Cities. The Florida quintet's cohesive and adventurous new album uplifts as much as it initiates thought and elicits emotion. The writing team of singer Stephen Christian and guitarist Joseph Milligan drives Anberlin, alongside veteran producer Aaron Sprinkle, to a new frontier with vastly widened boundaries on Cities.

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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Third Time's a Charm February 20, 2007
Format:Audio CD
If you enjoyed "Blueprints for the Black Market" and loved "Never Take Friendship Personal", "Cities" is the album that you've been waiting for. In a way, it's more of the same: the winning combo of "Never Take Friendship Personal" with the raw energy of "Blueprints[...]". So, if you enjoyed their previous two albums, you're certain to like this one. There is, however, an evident maturity throughout.

The time spent into making this album is obvious, as the production, quality and "feel" of the album is very near perfection. Musically, Anberlin kept faithful to their unique sound, while adding elements that ensure creative musicianship in this critic's mind - many, many vocal harmonies, for example; as well as use of other instruments like violins and, if my ears didn't decieve me, a Children's Choir (in the brilliant "(*Fin)"). Vocal overlays and vocal sound effects also add variety in this energetically beautiful production. There are also some more slower songs ( the first of which was seen in "Never Take[...]"), that are uncommonly original and equally alluring. Lyrically, this album is much more poetic than their previous releases, thus making it a bit more profound. From lost loves to finding salvation, Anberlin knows what they're doing and it most certainly shows. One song that I truly love that is missing from this album is "Haunting", the six minute masterpiece you got for free if you dowloaded the "Godspeed" single off of iTunes (you can still get it there, by the way).

Overall, this is a must-have for all Anberlin fans and a great start-up album if you're not. If you found their previous releases mild and average, that's probably what you'll think of this one. No matter where you stand, however, this awesome band has made a fantastic record (both in content and production) worthy of a good listen or two.

Enjoy!
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Phenomenal February 21, 2007
By Justin
Format:Audio CD
Read all the professional reviews, and tell me if you can find one bad review about this CD. I have yet to find one. In fact, I challenge you to find one that does not rant and rave about this CD and how good it is.

I am an avid music listener and I have over 200 CDs. I knew "Cities" by Anberlin was going to be amazing (from all the hype about it and falling in love with a couple sample songs before the CD even came out). So I went to buy the CD on opening day. I'll just cut straight to the chase. After listening through the CD only about 1 and 1/2 times, the CD became an instant favorite. This happens VERY VERY rarely to me. In fact, I am pretty sure the same applies to most everyone.

"Cities" is a masterpiece. Want to know why? To put it shortly, The songs are incredibly melodic and addictive. The rhythm, guitar work and vocals on each song is mind-blowing. The production quality is downright professional.

If you're looking for all out rock (kinda like Anberlin's first CD), you won't find as much of it on here. You still will find plenty though. The amount of "all out rock" songs may be not as much as their previous albums, but the quality/edginess matches, if not surpasses them. "Godspeed" and "A Whisper and a Clamor" will no doubt get your adrenaline flowing with each listen. Others like "Adelaide," "Hello Alone," and a few others will top off your needs to rock out, and will also provide you a moment to bask in these songs' soothing lyrics and melody. One that sticks out the most to me, as it does to many other fans apparently, is "Dismantle Repair." It's a wonderfully written song that balances itself between the soft side and edgy side of Anberlin.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Third Time's a Charm February 20, 2007
Format:Audio CD
If you enjoyed "Blueprints for the Black Market" and loved "Never Take Friendship Personal", "Cities" is the album that you've been waiting for. In a way, it's more of the same: the winning combo of "Never Take Friendship Personal" with the raw energy of "Blueprints[...]". So, if you enjoyed their previous two albums, you're certain to like this one. There is, however, an evident maturity throughout.

The time spent into making this album is obvious, as the production, quality and "feel" of the album is very near perfection. Musically, Anberlin kept faithful to their unique sound, while adding elements that ensure creative musicianship in this critic's mind - many, many vocal harmonies, for example; as well as use of other instruments like violins and, if my ears didn't decieve me, a children's choir (in the brilliant "(*Fin)"). Vocal overlays and vocal sound effects also add variety in this energetically beautiful production. There are also some more slower songs ( the first of which was seen in "Never Take[...]"), that are uncommonly original and equally alluring. Lyrically, this album is much more poetic than their previous releases, thus making it a bit more profound. From lost loves to finding salvation, Anberlin knows what they're doing and it most certainly shows. One song that I truly love that is missing from this album is "Haunting", the six minute masterpiece you got for free if you dowloaded the "Godspeed" single off of iTunes (you can still get it there, by the way).

Overall, this is a must-have for all Anberlin fans and a great start-up album if you're not. If you found their previous releases mild and average, that's probably what you'll think of this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rocks
Love this album I've bought a lot of anberlins albums and as long as they keep making them I'll keep buying them
Published 14 days ago by Rachel Hill
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this group
Love, love, love this group. I heard "The unwinding cable car" song and fell in love. I searched out the band and listened to everything they have and fell in love with... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Timothy A. Knapp
5.0 out of 5 stars The music in this album will speak to you!
I discovered Anberlin's music while listening to an indie station in a college town in California and have loved them ever since. Read more
Published 5 months ago by bb783
5.0 out of 5 stars Awsome!
My sister got me hooked on Anberlin. I listen to them ALOT while I'm driving. I think I'm wearing it out! :-)
Published 10 months ago by Laura H
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweeping background orchestrations and varied soundscapes make for a...
I was new to Anberlin when I picked up "Vital" and that album got under my skin. I had to try some of their back catalog. Read more
Published 11 months ago by THowerton
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Melodic Rock Album
Having not been an Anberlin fan until a couple of years ago, I've been going through their back catalog lately and have been nothing but impressed with every album. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Aaron Blauer
4.0 out of 5 stars I like the cd
Prolly my favorite song on it is Godspeed but if i was going for prolly their best cd in my experience i would start with Never Take friendship Personal i think you get more value... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Andrew Summers
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME
The highlight from Anberlin's Discography up until the 2012 release of "Vital" (in my opinion), "Cities" is a Must have for Anberlin fans.
Published 15 months ago by Jacob Keele
5.0 out of 5 stars Gotta Love Anberlin
I got this album years ago around the time it was first released, and it'st still among my favorites. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Fiera.Leigh
5.0 out of 5 stars Their Best
As a faithful Anberlin fan, I've listened to almost every song and album Anberlin has put out. That being said, Cities is by far their best creation. Read more
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Can't wait!
I agree! The first two records, especially Never Take Friendship Personal were great!

I can't wait to get the new record and listen to it a ridiculous amount of times!!

In addition to Godspeed and Dismantle Repair....Alexithymia is on the MySpace site too now.....it's incredible too!!

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