Anberlin
Vital


5.0
classic

Review

by gmang USER (3 Reviews)
October 20th, 2012 | 68 replies | 2,440 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Question your faith in Cities' invincibility, but don't quite give it up yet.

4 of 6 thought this review was well written

After releasing Cities in 2007, Anberlin had hit the absolute peak for their potential. Nothing they could do at all would possibly top the majesty of “*Fin”, or the controlled explosiveness of “Godspeed”, or the way those songs, complete opposites, could fit so perfectly on each end of a perfect album. New Surrender was somewhat disappointing despite having three stellar singles and the underrated “The Resistance”. Dark is the Way, Light is a Place was more solid than New Surrender up and down the tracklist, although a lot of the underrated beauty of Anberlin’s music was absolutely lost. However, almost all tracks had a mystique that was similar throughout the album. Dark is the Way gave no hint as to what Anberlin’s next album was going to be like, and a lot of fans (including me) were left longing for more of the beautiful progression of Cities, or even the hard-hitting tracks on Never Take Friendship Personal. As a pleasant surprise, both are the pillars on which Vital is built.

One thing that has always been apparent throughout the years is that Anberlin’s sound is always progressing and changing. In Vital, they go even further, with completely new influences while keeping the layered instrumentation that one would expect from them. Slick synth lines are in most every track without ever overruling the skills the band has across the board. The album mixes aspects from every Anberlin album a number of times throughout the tracklist (too many to list, but album opener “Self-Starter” has a touch of Dark is the Way and Never Take Friendship Personal in another excellent album-opener from this band. Also “Type Three” reminds a lot of Cities’ acoustic songs while adding a touch of the lighter tracks in Never Take Friendship Personal).

So the real question is: just how good is Vital? Well, it’s perfect. Not as perfect as Cities if that makes sense, but every track is given its full potential and delivers. There is no weak track in the whole album (barring MAYBE “Orpheum”), and every song brings something new to the table. The explosiveness in some moments of the album hits where it counts and then all of a sudden the foot is on the brake, but before you can adjust you’re getting hit by another big explosion of sound again. Also throughout Vital is even more of the incredible lyrical experience that Anberlin gives off to everyone.

My personal favorite tracks off the album are “Type Three” and “Modern Age”. “Type Three” starts out light and pretty much stays that way throughout the experience. One of the simplest lines ever to come out of an Anberlin song sounds perfectly placed to me for some reason: ‘I don’t want to wait, I don’t want to wait, on you, anymore’. “Modern Age” starts like most of the hard-hitters on the rest of the album with light synths for about ten seconds before hitting you hard in the face with a guitar riff unlike any you’ve heard from Anberlin, or anyone else, before. Then the perfect mix of beautiful, simple lyrics, drums, and guitar creates a feel that has never come from Anberlin. “Fall asleep alone, safer than the off chance of getting your heart attacked one more time.” There is that line plus a (potential?) reference to the masterpiece *Fin: "Are we all lost? Are we all lost again?" “Modern Age” is a must-listen. Vital is a must-listen. Give it a try and question your faith on the invincibility of Cities.


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Youtellme
October 20th 2012



1351 Comments


Separated paragraphs.

That is all.

gmang
October 20th 2012



16 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This album deserved a 5, now it just needs a non-positive review (2.5 or lower?) because it's not quite better than Cities

gmang
October 20th 2012



16 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Damn, bad way to start. I'm taking an English College class and I still have in mind there isn't supposed to be bonus lines between paragraphs.

Youtellme
October 20th 2012



1351 Comments


It's okay dude, it's not really necessary, but it's much easier on the eyes.

I haven't actually read the review yet, but i'm going to, just to see if i should check this out.

gmang
October 20th 2012



16 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Continue to help me with my High School/College English level writing. This album might not have
honestly earned a 5 from me, but it got close enough, and it was good enough that it needed one.

Youtellme
October 20th 2012



1351 Comments


Pretty good, however i think you compare this to their previous content(in particular Cities) a little too much. Relatively speaking at least, since the review is not very long.

Other than that, you layed down your points well, I didn't felt any fanboyism of the sort, and i didn't spot any grammatical/Spelling errors.

Pos'd.

someguest
October 20th 2012



20393 Comments


Faith is a lie. Summary is false.

Lakes.
October 20th 2012



27033 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

http://www.sputnikmusic.com/forums/image.php?u=260006&dateline=1350777847

Digging: Talk Talk - The Colour of Spring

someguest
October 20th 2012



20393 Comments


Posting my avatar in every thread really entertains you doesn't it? Fuck, who needs special education classes, we'll just let them all do the same shit you're doing!

Lakes.
October 20th 2012



27033 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

only do it when you make a statement that could be considered angry

which is all the time lol

someguest
October 20th 2012



20393 Comments


What about my posts makes you feel that they're angry?

Lakes.
October 20th 2012



27033 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i don't know lol

Scoot
October 20th 2012



17734 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i keep getting sidetracked when i listen to this

toxin.
October 21st 2012



12324 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Am I the only tired of everyone holding up Cities as if it's a bastion of perfection that can never be touched?

I mean I don't think this does but what's up with this deification? Let's not forget that Cities was ultimately flawed, just like, well, basically every other album ever created.



toxin.
October 21st 2012



12324 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Anyways solid review. Considering how much comparison you did, this could have turned out far worse (yes that's a compliment)

KjSwantko
October 21st 2012



9277 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Sure Cities had its flaws, but it was still an amazing record and easily Anberlin's best as far as I'm concerned.

toxin.
October 21st 2012



12324 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I agree. There's a reason the art is my avatar. But the implication behind the summary here bothers me.

KjSwantko
October 21st 2012



9277 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Yeah I don't agree with that final sentence either.

Ecnalzen
October 21st 2012



6503 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I agree, Cities gets too much praise. It's been placed up on that pedestal by so many people for a little too long.

sixdegrees
October 21st 2012



16951 Comments


disagreed.

this will never replace Cities for me.

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