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Never Take Friendship Personal [Enhanced]

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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (149 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 1, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Tooth & Nail Records
  • ASIN: B00076ON7I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (149 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,171 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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There's only one word that comes immediately to mind when describing Anberlin's Never Take Friendship Personal release. The word? Amazing. This is one of those truly remarkable releases that is so refreshing, so defining, and so well done, you will feel a need to let every know about it. Much like Switchfoot's The Beautiful Letdown and D.C. Talk's Jesus Freak, Anberlin's second release captures the musical styles of the day but recasts them in a unique and exciting way. Much credit up front should go to producer Aaron Sprinkle, who never lets the music overshadow Steven Christian's emotive alto vocals. Joseph Milligan's guitar work is nothing short of phenomenal and propels such blistering tracks like "Paperthin Hymn," "Runaways," and "Feel Good Drag." Let's not forget the rock-steady rhythm from drummer Nathan Young and bassist Deon Rexroat that continually lays down a concrete foundation. Also worthy of note is the intelligent songwriting that prevails throughout the release, showing that Christian-based bands don't always check their brains at the studio door. Moody at times, exhilarating at others, this is a giant leap forward for a relative newcomer in Christian music. It's also a release worthy of widespread acclaim and a breath of fresh air in a genre that is sadly growing all too predictable. --Michael Lyttle

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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Undying Anberlin December 15, 2005
Format:Audio CD
12/23 NOTE: Anberlin's NEW album, "Cities" hits stores on February 20th, 2007. You can get a sneak peek on the Tooth & Nail Podcast, or you can download two songs off their EP on iTunes come Dec 26th. It sounds awesome. Enjoy!

Anberlin's "Blueprints for the Black Market" gave listeners a surprise left hook that left them awed at the amazing potential that this newcomer band had. Everyone knew they would make waves, but it's not until the release of their sophomore album, "Never Take Friendship Personal," that Anberlin became an unstoppable force in the music industry.

Musically and lyrically, "Never Take Friendship Personal" follows along the lines of their previous release, but it's subtle differences that make this record unique... not only from their previous release, but from any other band that tries to compare. A little emo, a little rock & roll -- but all Anberlin.

The vocals are exceptionally done (as only Stephen Christian can do so) bringing forth the power and emotion needed to complement the music. The music is simply Anberlin: original, catchy, lasting. With each progression and every new chord, Anberlin ensures it's longevity. They mean business, and it shows.

All of the songs are great, so if you liked the previous release, you're sure to love this one. There's even a slower song (something not found in "Blueprints for the Black Market") that just yells originality.

As for the lyrics, although most of them are about relationships, they are beautifully written. Most of the time they remind me of poetry. Though the lyrics aren't directly Christian, the band's testimony speaks for itself. So, to those that wonder whether or not Anberlin is a Christian band: they are. They just don't have to sing about it to prove it. Actions speak louder than words.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just buy it, don't even think about it December 23, 2005
By Robby
Format:Audio CD
Wow, blown away by this album in every way possible. This is one of those albums where I listen to the entire thing without skipping one song and wishing it wouldn't end. I liked Blueprints For The Black market but it was one of those albums where I liked it but not enough to really listen to it all the time. With this one, no question the best of 2005. Honestly if you liked Blueprints then buy this right now. If you like this type of music in general than just buy this right now.

Oh, and some idiot on here posted saying that "Emo sucks" and I just wanted to give my opinion on that. "Emo" means "Emotional", so doesn't that mean that all music qualifies as Emo? Without emotion, there would be no music, correct? Music is an emotionally driven art. I hate when people use that term.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wow. What a surprise. September 28, 2006
Format:Audio CD
This is a great, fun disc. I am not a Christian, but I tend to like a number of bands on Tooth & Nail (mewithoutYou, Mae, Further Seems Forever, Danielson) and when the record label began pushing this record last year, I gave it a listen. I am glad I did because over a year has passed and I still listen to this disc. For an emo/whatever genre band, my time limit is usually a month or two, so . . . .

I think what sets Anberlin apart is the distinctive vocal styling and tight musicianship. The music isn't the most complex in the world, but it has enough to keep you coming back. These are very straighforward rock songs with some extra little bits added in here are there that add to the songs as a whole instead of being for postertity's sake. Meaning, the band puts emphasis on writing good songs, not guitar wailing. That and it sounds good.

However, the biggest downside to this record as compared to their first is the lack of guitar solos. I don't believe you need to have solos on every song, but the first album showed that Anberlin can in fact solo and this album has next to none. There are lead licks, just no solos. That being said, as with other Aaron Sprinkle mixes, the lead guitar is pushed pretty far into the back to give the music a much more full sound with every instrument getting a fair play. So, if there are solos, would we even hear them? I'm only half joking here. Either way, this is a very minor complaint and really just an observation.

Standout tracks for me are "Paperthing Hymn", "A Day Late", "Dance, Dance" and "The Feel Good Drag." The latter song being my favorite overall not because it is the most catchy or the best song, but because I love the energy.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars breathtaking May 8, 2005
By Greg
Format:Audio CD
anberlin is back and better than ever. this is a great sophmore release. amazingly beautiful vocals, and different styles make each song individually great. their singer has one of the best voices ive ever heard. if you like the non-whiny emo like armor for sleep or new hopesfall, get this. you wont let it out of your cd player
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Second time's the charm... February 13, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I bought this cd not really knowing who the band was...and turned out becoming a fan. AWESOME sophmore album. Most songs are written like letters (lots of "you" and "I"), with the main topics focusing on the pros and cons of love.

1. "Never Take Friendship Personal". This is a good intro song...probably not the best in the cd, but still good. (4/5)

2. "Paperthin Hymn". Great lyrics, good tempo, awesome chorus. (5/5)

3. "Stationary Stationery". Another great song. Again, awesome chorus, good beat, good lyrics. (5/5)

4. "(the symphony of) blase". The slowest on the song, and probably the saddest. Slower tempo than the other songs, but strong lyrics. (4/5)

5. "A Day Late". Not as hard as other songs, but by no means slow. Another song about love lost (or in this case, love missed). (4/5)

6. "the Runaways". Good music, good vocals. Focuses on those girls who break your heart (runaway girls). (4/5)

7. "Time & Confusion". Another slightly slower song, but one with brighter lyrics (focuses on having someone who really cares for you...). (4/5)

8. "the Feel Good Drag". Starts out fast, eases into slow...but by far the hardest song on the album. Shows some of the realities of meaningless hookups, and acknowledges that sinful lust is not only a guy thing. Great music (some screaming at the end), awesome guitar riffs and lyrics. (5/5)

9. "Audrey, Start the Revolution! (amateur youth)". Another one of the more positive songs, focusing on the possibilities of good friendship. (5/5)

10. "A Heavy Hearted Work of Staggering Genius". No lyrics, just a minute twelve second music track. Not bad, but kinda interrups some great singing. (4/5)

11. "dance, dance, Crista Paffgen". Great lyrics about getting fixed on one girl. A bit slow in the verses, the music has a hint of euro-techno, but still an awesome song. Great way to round out the cd. (5/5)
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3.0 out of 5 stars "Your lips, your lies, your the devil's in your hands!"
I jumped on board the Anberlin train after being thrilled by "Vital" and have been exploring their back catalogue. Read more
Published 2 months ago by THowerton
4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite as good as their "Cities" Album, but still good!
I love Anberlin, and I enjoyed this album...there are a few really good songs in here...but the album itself is not as good as the "CITIES" Album, in my opinion! Read more
Published 5 months ago by bb783
4.0 out of 5 stars It is a music CD ...
Yea it is a CD. With music on it. You might want another cd with different music on it. Buy the one you like. I bought this one.
Published 12 months ago by ZigWorm
4.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't have quite the punch
I cut my teeth on "Blueprints", so this is a little lighter for me than what I'd like. But ebbs and flows are good. Gives music character.
Published 14 months ago by Elwood Blues
5.0 out of 5 stars Good.
Solid songs, solid album. Favorite was The Feel Good Drag, which is much better than the 'new' version they put out. Great album, one of my favorites.
Published on April 26, 2011 by ithappens39
3.0 out of 5 stars It's alright on first listen
I'm not wowed on the first listen of this album but I do plan on listening to it a couple more times in the hopes that something will stick. Read more
Published on December 3, 2010 by Ryanlynn McCollum
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING!
Great CD, and a great supplier! Amazon told me it shipped two days ago, I came home today and it was sitting in my mailbox. Will buy from again.
Published on November 17, 2010 by krkbrn
5.0 out of 5 stars Emotions, Emotions, Emotions
You know how there are those album where the songs seem to be about every last cliche possible? This album is the absolute antithesis of such albums. Read more
Published on April 30, 2008 by JJ
5.0 out of 5 stars This Album Will NOT Disappoint You!
If you have heard Anberlin, you know how incredibly talented they are. If you haven't heard of Anberlin, give this CD a listen and you'll be sure to agree. Read more
Published on April 22, 2008 by Mel
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
This is an amazing cd by a very talented band. Out of all Anberlin's cds this is by far my favorite. I could listen to it everyday and not get sick of it. Read more
Published on April 15, 2008 by Micheal Streeter
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