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Vital

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  • Audio CD (October 16, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Republic
  • ASIN: B0094GW5TK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,617 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Jenn on October 16, 2012
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I've been listening to Anberlin since the ripe old age of 13 after hearing "Paperthin Hymn". I fell in love immediately with the rest of Never Take Friendship Personal and when Cities came out a few years later, oh, it was love at first listen. Of course, nothing could've ever lived up to Cities, but I did find a few songs I thoroughly enjoyed on New Surrender. With Dark is the Way, Light is a Place, not a single song stood out to me. "Down" earned a spot in my playlist rotation for a few months and was eventually deleted. Musically an improvement over its predecessors, it felt lacking in the incredibly deep and poetic lyrics that drew me to Anberlin. For any other band, it would've been a fine album. I would've been impressed. THIS is Anberlin, though. I was disappointed because I knew that they could do better- they already HAD done better! It was the most disappointing sort of regression from a band I consider one of my favorites, despite not really even listening to the sort of music they make anymore.

This all being said, I expected to be disappointed by any new releases, believing the band to be on a downward spiral. I had no clue that Vital was coming out before going to iTunes to check out another new release. I couldn't really just scroll down without checking it out so I did... And I was not disappointed. Actually, I was the opposite of disappointed- I was thrilled.

If you're believing this to be Cities 2.0, you're wrong. Cities was a breathtaking album that I still consider to be in my top 5 of all-time, but this is something completely different- and breathtaking in it's own right.
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Anberlin has gone through a number of transitions in their sound over the years, and some have been very well-received by fans (such as the brooding emo-rock in "Cities"), and others have been unduly criticized (such as the wildly varied modern rock album "New Surrender"). But while each album has given us a different flavor of Anberlin's excellent melodic alternative rock, Stephen Christian's vocal work and lyricism has been it's sole defining characteristic. With "Vital," it's clear that the band wanted to make every element of the album their own - and they succeeded on every level.

Anberlin has never suffered for lack of great opening tracks, and "Self-Starter" is no exception. Exceptionally tasteful guitar riffs and synths pile up underneath a soaring vocal performance and relentless beat to kick off everything with an authoritative bang. The energy does not let up in "Little Tyrants," which, along with later track "Desires," makes for some of the heaviest material Anberlin has ever created - the former song even includes an impressively structured guitar solo. Some of the darker guitar screeches and booming bass sounds from their album "Cities" make their way into the synth-laden "Other Side" and the fast-paced "Orpheus." In an oddly refreshing twist, the band drops all physical instrumentation to back the ballad "Innocent" with nothing but electronic beats, synths, pads, and leads. Single "Someone Anyone" is as toe-tapping as they come, with a melody that can and will stick in your head. "Type Three" brings acoustic guitars into the mix, whereas "Intentions" brings an infectious synth-rock sound that would make the 80s blush with jealousy. Ultimately, Anberlin ends with the dark and plodding "God, Drugs, and Sex" in trademark epic fashion.
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This is fantastic record. This band evolves with each record, but they keep their style with each one. This is loaded with a slew of catchy, well-written songs. "Self-Starter" is a new instant hit, "Intentions" is a great club song, and "Modern Age" is an anthem-like song. But overall, this album is a solid from start to finish. The only other records this year I've heard that have this level of quality are "havoc and bright lights - alanis morissette", "southern air - yellow card", "a joyful noise - gossip" and "crave - for king and country."
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By DrewMal on October 16, 2012
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From beginning to end, this album is rich and epic. The lyrics, the music performance and the production are solid and get your attention the entire album. This album belongs in your collection and in your ears!
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See, I put a question mark after my review title, indicating an opinion. So chill out bishes.

For real though, this album is great. I have no snarky comments to add.
They have really developed their sound. If you haven't heard "Never Take Friendship Personal" yet, go give that a listen first. You may like that album more. But to an Anberlin fan, this album is definitely worth the purchase. Music is after all the ultimate expression of self, and everyone likes different things. But for my money, it doesn't get any better than this. Though, I pretty much just like anything that ISN'T Creed (I've already discussed that though).

So, give this a listen! If you like it, support the band! Buy it. Do it!
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I have been a fan of Anberlin since the beginning, and I would be lying if I said I was never disappointed. The last two albums just did not appeal to me- so much so that I said I would not buy their music anymore. Well, I'm happy to eat my crow. Many fans have been hoping for a CD like Never Take Friendship Personal and Cities for a while now, myself included. Is this CD Cities 2? No...it is better. It is arguably the best and most complete Anberlin CD to date. There is not a bad song on the album. My only complaint is that there are only 11 songs. I read somewhere the band had a ton of songs for this album and narrowed it down to these 11. I would gladly have paid twice the price for more songs. Heck, make it a 2 disc set! Anberlin fans, rock fans, and music fans in general: Buy this album now. It is, after all, Vital.
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