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In today's instantly downloadable and quickly consumed culture, bands like Anberlin are a dying breed. Over the course ofsixyears andfour full-lengths (including 2007's B-side compilation Lost Songs), the band has established themselves as oneofalternative rock's mostexciting acts and as a band that refuses to limit itself to one scene or sound... and it has paid off.Ifthe band reinvented themselves withlast year's sprawling album Cities - which debuted in the Billboard Top 20 andsold34,000 copies its first week of release - they'vetranscended that sound with New Surrender. In fact, their ...read more

In today's instantly downloadable and quickly consumed culture, bands like Anberlin are a dying breed. Over the course ofsixyears andfour full-lengths (including 2007's B-side compilation Lost Songs), the band has established themselves as oneofalternative rock's mostexciting acts and as a band that refuses to limit itself to one scene or sound... and it has paid off.Ifthe band reinvented themselves withlast year's sprawling album Cities - which debuted in the Billboard Top 20 andsold34,000 copies its first week of release - they'vetranscended that sound with New Surrender. In fact, their latest albumthatshows the band reconciling all of their seemingly disparatemoods into cohesive blend of music that will lull you to sleepwithgentle harmonies one minute and shake you to the core via raw,distortion-drenched rock riffage the next.

This control of dynamics has embodied Anberlin's music since their 2003 debut Blueprints For The Black Market whichinstantlycaught onwith fans of emotional music who didn't want to be fed the same musical cliches - oh, and touringalongside actslike Fall Out Boy and MyChemical Romance to support that album didn't hurt either. After playing literallyhundreds of showsand growing both as musicians andpeople the band released their sophmore album Never TakeFriendship Personal in 2005.Markedly more mature both musically andlyrically, that album established Anberlin as morethan another undergroundsensation and showed that there was no limit to what the bandcould achieve. This same trendwas evident with last year'smainstream breakthrough Cities, which showed the band progressing even moreand expandingtheir musical visionexponentially.

All this brings us to New Surrender. Although the album retains the Anberlin sound that fans have grown to love, in maywaysit's also analbum of firsts that marks the next chapter in the band's illustrious history. For example, after working foryearsexclusively with longtimeproducer/friend Aaron Sprinklle this time around the band decided to enlist legendaryproducer NealAvron (Fall Out Boy, Yellowcard, NewFound Glory) to capture their sound. Additionally, after selling 435,000albums on thewell-respected indie label Tooth and Nail, with NewSurrender the band decided it was finally time for them tostep up to amajor label - and although they had been courted by variousmajors foryears, the band decided to go withUniversal Republic."At Tooth and Nail there was a glass ceiling and there was no way to get our musicout to all the peoplewe wanted to reach,"Christian explains when asked about the band's decision to change labels. "To us, UniversalRepublicrepresents a sense ofstability in this turbulent era for music: The staff is going nowhere, the label is here to stay and theyhaveproven time andtime again that they can take bands to people - and that is where we belong... among the people..

"The whole album is conceptualized around the theme of a new surrender in the sense that everyone in their liveshassomething they knowthey have to give up," responds Christian when asked about the title of the band's latest opus."There'ssomething that's holding each of usback from who we could become, so I think each song kind of tackles thattheme ofsurrendering parts of life whether it's a person or a vice."In order to capture this idea, the band - which alsofeaturesguitarist Joseph Milligan, bassist Deon Rexroat, drummer Nathan Young andnew addition and former AcceptanceguitaristChristian McAlhaney - spent three months in the studio with Avron carefully crafting theirmost fully realized effortto date.

In fact, from the equally cathartic and melodic track "Bittersweet Memory" to the soon-to-be summertime anthem"HaightStreet" andacoustic ballad "Younglife," New Surrender is the most varied album of the band's career - somethingthey creditlargely to the new addtionof McAlhaney, who has solidified the band's lineup and become an integral part of thesongwritingprocess. "I think it just felt right,"McAlhaney responds when asked what it was like to be thrown into asongwriting team ofChristian and Mulliigan, who have been writingtogether for nearly thirteen years. "There was no trialperiod, we just went forit," he continues. "It definitely helped having someone else tobounce ideas off of," Milligan concurs,adding that he's confidentthat New Surrender is undoubtedly the band's strongest album to date.

Although both of the band's guitarist have completely different styles, they perfectly complement each otherbothrhythmically andmelodically on New Surrender - and this sonic interaction has added a new level of depth to Anberlin'salreadypowerful sound. Additionally,this renewed sense of enthusiasm doesn't just apply to the guitars but also carries overtoStephen's vocals, which manage to achievealmost religious levels of grandeur on the falsetto-fueled "Retrace" orsoaring,operatic ballad "Breathe." "Neal [Avron] did not let me getaway with anything,' Christian explains, noting that everyvocal parton the album is sung individually without relying on studio trickery suchas auto-tuning. While this unorthodoxapproachrequired additional work on the band's part, the result is a vocal performance that showsChristian extending hisalreadyimpressive range and solidifying him as one of the strongest frontman in the genre.

New Surrender is also the first Anberlin album to work the band's well-documented humanitarian efforts into the lyrics,whichhave includedgoing to Kenya to teach about AIDS prevention or travelling to Calcutta, India, to educate the massesaboutthe dangers of humantrafficking. "I live in Los Angeles now, so I wrote a song about homelessness because that'ssomethingthat's so prevalent in my life,"Christian elaborates. "There's also about another song about living unselfishly andthe lyricssay, 'I want to live and die for someone else /the more I live, I see life isn't about me," he adds. "I'm reallyexcited that we'vegot to the level lyrically where our fans don't listen toAnberlin for just the basic, 'Oh girl, I awnt to holdyour hand,' he says,noting that the supportive nature of Anberlin's fans gave him artisticliscense to.

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LPs
Vital
10/16/2012

3.9
566 Votes
Dark Is The Way, Light Is A Place
2010

3.6
601 Votes
New Surrender
2008

3.5
848 Votes
Cities
2007

4
1,162 Votes
Never Take Friendship Personal
2005

3.7
796 Votes
Blueprints For The Black Market
2003

3.3
477 Votes
EPs
Godspeed
2006

4
15 Votes
Live Albums
Live From House Of Blues Anaheim
2011

3.6
5 Votes
Compilations
Devotion
10/15/2013

4.5
53 Votes
Dancing Between The Fibers Of Time
03/26/2012

3.9
15 Votes
Blueprints For City Friendships
2009

3.8
14 Votes
Lost Songs
2007

3.2
183 Votes

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