Anberlin
Lost Songs


2.5
average

Review

by Nathaniel Fritz USER (17 Reviews)
November 20th, 2007 | 25 replies | 11,110 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: It's a B-Sides album. Please read the rest of the review, but the term 'B-Side' speaks for itself here, I think.

7 of 8 thought this review was well written

Six months after their third album, Cities, became one of the fastest-selling records in their label’s history, Florida rock outfit Anberlin announced in August their departure from Seattle indie label Tooth & Nail Records for the greener pastures of major labeldom and Universal Republic Records. Much like Rosie O’Donnell’s announcement of her lesbianism (if that’s a word), this news shouldn’t really have come as a big surprise to anyone. After all, Anberlin’s music is only slightly less accessible than internet porn, and in the press clippings surrounding Cities, lead singer Stephen Christian would coyly answer questions regarding major labels with something along the lines of “Oh, well, we just love Tooth & Nail and could never even think about actually getting airplay on the radio and MTV, let alone receiving a bigger contract! But if the right offer came along…(shrugs shoulders)”

It should also come as no surprise that Tooth & Nail would try to wring out every last bit of usefulness they could from a departing flagship band and that leads us to the hastily put-together b-sides, covers, and rarities album, Lost Songs, whose title is a bit of misnomer. No modern-day Howard Carter was needed to scavenge through recording studio garbage cans or pillage the guitarist’s house for undiscovered mp3s; most of the tracks on Lost Songs have been readily available for any motivated person to download for free, some even (gasp!) legally. The acoustic version of “A Day Late” sits on the band’s Purevolume site freely downloadable, as are the tracks they recorded for AOL Sessions Under Cover – the difference being, at AOL there’s bonus video that accompanies each song and on Lost Songs you only get the audio tracks. Also, you have to pay for the songs.

Going further down the line, Lost Songs gleans three tracks from the special edition of Cities, the iTunes “exclusive” b-side off of the digital “Godspeed” single (“The Haunting”), and the Christmas song the band recorded two years ago for Happy Christmas, Volume Four (“Baby Please Come Home”). When it’s all said and done, what you’re basically getting for your fifteen dollars with Lost Songs is a collection of tracks that, if you truly cared and/or have a reasonably fast connection to the internets, could have been yours for free a long time ago. Unless you hate the hassle of roaming through Spanish blogs for your music or despise the heathen practice of file-sharing, chances are you won’t be needing the physical copy of this album.

As for the music itself, there’s nothing too surprising here, save for an amusing hidden track of the Mario Bros. covering “Glass to the Arson.” The covers fare the worst, if only because covers are – let’s face it – usually a colossal waste of time. Sure, Anberlin’s rendition of When In Rome’s “The Promise” may give you fond flashbacks to Napoleon Dynamite, but did the world really need a pop-punk version of “Like a Rolling Stone”? Other covers of Depeche Mode, The Smiths, and Radiohead also fall flat. Diehard fans of the band will probably be interested in hearing the rough demo versions of “Readyfuels,” “Driving (Autobahn),” and the previously unreleased “Everywhere and in Between,” but, in a bit of a shocker, the studio versions of those songs are better.

However, the same cannot be said of the acoustic versions of “A Day Late” and “Naïve Orleans,” which fare much better without the super-sugary production attached to the originals. It’s those tracks along with the poppy Never Take Friendship Personal b-side “Downtown Song” that prove to be the best you can take away from Lost Songs. The Cities b-side “Uncanny” is a solid addition to the Anberlin catalog and the other acoustics are pleasant enough, but would they be good enough for a studio album? That’s not the point, of course, of a song on a stopgap record (where quantity > quality), but those looking for a proper introduction to Anberlin would definitely do better to seek out the originals.

So, to sum up: purchasing this album for an amount larger than, let’s say, six or seven dollars officially makes you a sucker and below average at life. Anberlin fans will want to check this out, but the diehards have probably already heard most of the songs on here anyway and will probably download the ones they haven’t. When Underoath leaves in 2009, Tooth & Nail, you should probably go with a live DVD.

Recommended tracks:

A Day Late (acoustic)

Naïve Orleans (acoustic)

Downtown Song



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lunchforthesky
November 20th 2007



1039 Comments


Good review you're a funny guy. I never know whether to actually describe the bands sound a b-sides albums or what.

"Anberlin’s music is only slightly less accessible than internet porn", great line.

roofi
November 20th 2007



959 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Thank you, sir.This Message Edited On 02.03.08

Willie
Moderator
November 20th 2007



15900 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good review... good band... not getting this CD though.

roofi
November 20th 2007



959 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Good. You were paying attention.

PeaceFrecks
November 21st 2007



2 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I have to completely disagree with you. Although this is not my favorite Anberlin cd, I still love it. Stephen Christian has one of the most amazing voices out there today in my opinion, and could probably even make Britney Spears' songs sound incredible.

PeaceFrecks
November 21st 2007



2 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I have to completely disagree with you. Although this is not my favorite Anberlin cd, I still love it. Stephen Christian has one of the most amazing voices out there today in my opinion, and could probably even make Britney Spears' songs sound incredible. And as for some of the songs being available for a while, that may be the case. But, some people actually like to pay for good music instead of downloading it illegally.

roofi
November 21st 2007



959 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I bought the special edition of Cities the first day it was out even though I had a 103 degree fever and hadn't showered in days. So I'm a supporter of purchasing albums legally, too. This cd just isn't worth it.

foreverendeared
November 25th 2007



14678 Comments


you are by far my favorite reviewer. honestly. but i think you know that cause i've praised you several times before.

roofi
November 25th 2007



959 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Holy crap, this is featured!!!!! Who negged, though?

roofi
November 25th 2007



959 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I'm figuring that if Anberlin had reupped with T&N, the likelihood of this record getting pushed through would have been much lower, but anything's possible, I guess.

foreverendeared
November 25th 2007



14678 Comments


i criticized some random guy from a shi*ty grind band called anal holocaust cause he was self promoting so he negged my review for no reason... sucksThis Message Edited On 11.25.07

roofi
November 25th 2007



959 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I don't mind the neg as long as it's someone who thought the review legitimately sucked, but if it's just some Anberlin fanboy/girl, then I'd be ticked.

Classic
November 25th 2007



4 Comments


lol nobody "LIKES" to pay for anyhting. not even music.

Free music is good music.- Abe Lincoln

TheStarclassicTreatment
November 26th 2007



2910 Comments


Agreed ^
Really sweet review, keep this up, you're getting better every time.

ScorpionStan
November 20th 2008



1817 Comments


sure this album is at the bottom of the Anberlin cd stack, but the song "The Haunting" is one of their best songs ever.

Knott-
Emeritus
December 27th 2008



10195 Comments


You should just have left the summary as 'It's a B-Sides album'.

Funny, but quality, review. Pos'd.

Waior
May 15th 2009



11447 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Congratulations for the feature, oh so belated of me.

Downtown Song is fun. Enjoy the Silence is cool too.

MentalityOfA
May 15th 2009



1213 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I really like Enjoy The Silence.

LemonyGoodness
February 17th 2010



2 Comments


I would have bought this just for Inevitable (AOL Sessions), The Unwinding Cable Car (AOL Sessions), and Everywhere In Between (Demo).

BrushedRed
February 12th 2013



979 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Just a 2.5? I mean it's a B-Sides and all, but these songs are still great. It kinda feels personal in a way because a lot of these are acoustics of already good songs. And "The Haunting" itself is a reason to give a good rating to this album. It's certainly not my favorite anberlin album, but in terms of a B-Sides album, this is excellent.



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