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guitarnater
December 5th 2012


917 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

chan chan

FearThyEvil
December 6th 2012


13393 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Finally came around to listening to this and I'm really enjoying it. However, I can not stand "Innocent" at all. I had to skip after a bit. It's a really annoying song to me.

JakeStallion
December 6th 2012


398 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I absolutely love NS. It was the first album I heard from Anberlin and the album that got me into them, so that album holds a very special place in my heart. However, I don't see how anyone could love NS and not love this.



Also, @xtoxin "I mean, I understand if Intentions, Orpheum, Modern Age (disappointing chorus)"

HEY. Modern Age's chorus is one of my favorite moments on the entire album.

toxin.
December 6th 2012


12855 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I enjoy NS quite a bit too but it lacks a serious punch. It's just really pleasant.



I enjoy Modern Age's chorus too, but after the fantastic verse, it doesn't really live up. Not to mention the vocal effects water it down. And honestly, I think it's the guitar riff in the back that drives the chorus forward.

JakeStallion
December 6th 2012


398 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

The guitar does add a lot of atmosphere to the chorus, which is a huge reason I love it so much. The final chorus hits me so hard, though. The quiet part with the "sing oooooon" and then bursting into the chorus is so powerful.

Ecnalzen
December 6th 2012


7002 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

That guitar part is what does it most for me. So simple, yet so effective.

toxin.
December 6th 2012


12855 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Modern Age live is miles better, you should check out some of the vids on Youtube. The effects make

Stephen sounds really gargled which is one reason why I don't think the chorus quite has the power to

match the buildup of the verses.



Edit: Worth adding that it seems in some of the videos he still trails off his voice on some words

like "all" and "loved" which is part of my annoyance with the chorus. Other videos it's not as

noticeable so

JakeStallion
December 6th 2012


398 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

@xtoxin I'm proud to say I saw them live just a few weeks ago and they played Modern Age. It sounded absolutely beautiful live.

toxin.
December 7th 2012


12855 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'm so jealous. They were in San Diego the Sunday before they released Vital. Not that I went but I might've gone were the Vital tour then. Now I prob have to wait a year or so to see them. They're actually only an hour away from my house in OC but unfortunately that's the day I leave for India. So mad I'm missing them

Storm In A Teacup
December 7th 2012


13619 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Modern Age is one of the best songs. I still like Desires best.

JakeStallion
December 7th 2012


398 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

The concert was incredible. It was easily one of the greatest nights of my life.



And Desires' verses absolutely make the song for me. The simple-yet-extremely melodic bass and vocals are killer.

toxin.
December 7th 2012


12855 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"And Desires' verses absolutely make the song for me. The simple-yet-extremely melodic bass and vocals are killer."

Yeah! I agree. It's also good to hear a break-up song that sounds inspired, versus repeating cliches and platitudes like "who needs enemies when we've got friend?"

Ecnalzen
December 8th 2012


7002 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The intro and chorus are what does it for me on Desires. Probably Anberlin's heaviest riff I've heard. I likes.



I see you taking shots at To The Wolves, toxin. Uncool.

toxin.
December 8th 2012


12855 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Dude, c'mon, To The Wolves is so disappointing. The chorus is just a huge cliche, the melody is nothing to write home about, and the solo is one of those tremolo solos I feel we complain about too often.



Like I said before, I love the pre-chorus(?) of "Thought it was me and you against the world/ but you left me to the wolves" and the verses are pretty good too. But the chorus and solo leave much to be desired

Ecnalzen
December 9th 2012


7002 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I don't know, but I love that song. The chorus does fall flat. I really like the lead guitar, but I wish the rhythm guitar was

doing something more. Feels a little lifeless. Prechorus kicks so much ass tho.



I think Closer is my fave from that album.

toxin.
December 9th 2012


12855 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

My fav is probably Pray Tell. That song works on so many levels and is one of my favorite Anberlin songs. I also really love Art of War but the lyrics are the biggest letdown of any Anberlin song.

Ecnalzen
December 9th 2012


7002 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Art of War is cool too. Never really thought much of the lyrics, but the music rules. Also really like Down and Impossible is pretty great too.



Does Down remind anyone else of Unwinding Cable Car? I think they are in the same key, maybe that's why it reminds me of it.

JakeStallion
December 9th 2012


398 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

My favorite on DITW is a tie between Art of War and Down, or I'd Like to Die if bonus songs are included. Art of War's lyrics are nothing special, but everything else about the song just resonates with me so well. When the synth comes in the intro, it sends a shiver down my spine every time. It's so well executed.

tiesthatbind
December 9th 2012


7382 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I think the Down/Cable Car comparison has been made before multiple times actually. The riff is kinda similar but otherwise the song has a different vibe so I never thought of it sounding that much the same.

Ecnalzen
December 9th 2012


7002 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I just noticed it the other day. I hear you, Cable Car has a little more of an uplifting, kind of energetic feel to it and Down is very somber. I just looked and they aren't in the same key, so its not that.



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