Anberlin
Vital


4.5
superb

Review

by teslabarrier USER (6 Reviews)
October 25th, 2013 | 32 replies | 1,351 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A vital listen.

0 of 11 thought this review was well written

New surrender and Dark is a way were two of Anberlin's weakest efforts yet. Feel Good Drag and Haight Street were ok, but overall those albums were a far cry from Unwiding Cable Car or (*Fin). That's why Vital is such a surprise. Anberlin is back on track after a few shady albums, and they are a better band because of it. This is their best album since Cities, because of how engaging each song is.

The album opens with Self-Starter, a furious opener that is relentless and never stops its assault. It's so heavy, and gots that rock and roll sound that is good because the harder a song is, the better. Little Tyrants is reminiscent of Godspeed, but it's better. it's hook is more catchier, and the track is better because of it. Yes, yes. Vital opens up with some great, great tracks.

But where does it go from there?

Stephen Christian's voice is better from DIAWLIAP, and it's more beautiful in a harmonic sense. When he cries, "Don't bite the hand that feeds you baby" on Type Three, it makes me tear up. The song is so tragic in its own way, evokes emotions of sadness. It's a little bland, but evokes so much emotion at the same time. The guitars are played really well too.

Ballads have never been Anberlin's strong suit. Intentions was only good for getting laid inside of the bedroom and getting the panties off. But not Innocents. No, Innocents is a tearjerker even more so then Type Three. It's got so much dripping emotion that makes me cry. And for a straight male, albums rarely make me cry. Only this, Aeroplane, Devil and God, Boxer, Hospice, For Emma and Lateralus have made me cry. And that is baffling.

Someone Anyone is a strong single. Catchy chorus and great hook equals boss song. But the album lags on Desires, which has strong verses but a weak chorus that rips off Video Kills the Radio Stars. And Intentions features a weak beat that is too electro for Anberlin, while Orpheum is pretty boring. Christian doesn't hit any right notes on this track, and the song lags for it.

But Vital is such a great album. Hooks pull you in, and the guitars draw you back out and in. This is Anberlin's best record since Cities, and it would be better if it didn't have the aforementioned songs. The best one is Modern Age, which has so much passion it strikes me with awe. Like this album too.

Vital is a vital listen.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
SnakeDelilah
October 24th 2013



5277 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

here come the negs

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Gwyn.
October 24th 2013



14854 Comments


OKAY

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Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
October 24th 2013



8948 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

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TooLateToGoBack
October 24th 2013



1748 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"is a vital listen"

tommygun
October 24th 2013



23484 Comments


awful review srry brother

album's ok

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Brostep
Staff Reviewer
October 24th 2013



3330 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Approval Rating: 1%

Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
October 24th 2013



8948 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

That's when you know

Green Baron
October 24th 2013



17635 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

can his approval rating go any lower?

Digging: Rise Against - The Black Market

LittleStranger
October 24th 2013



481 Comments


New surrender and Dark is a way were two of Anberlin's weakest efforts yet New surrender and Dark is a way were two of Anberlin's weakest efforts yet New surrender and Dark is a way were two of Anberlin's weakest efforts yet New surrender and Dark is a way were two of Anberlin's weakest efforts yet New surrender and Dark is a way were two of Anberlin's weakest efforts yet New surrender and Dark is a way were two of Anberlin's weakest efforts yet New surrender and Dark is a way were two of Anberlin's weakest efforts yet New surrender and Dark is a way were two of Anberlin's weakest efforts yet New surrender and Dark is a way were two of Anberlin's weakest efforts yet New surrender and Dark is a way were two of Anberlin's weakest efforts yet

LittleStranger
October 24th 2013



481 Comments


"And for a straight male, albums rarely make me cry"

As a straight male, I often like to reiterate in my reviews that I am a heterosexual man. That way no fag bender will think I'm some poof who just sits around and cries like a sissy all day. That's what all those dicks in the ass do.

LittleStranger
October 24th 2013



481 Comments


Did you have to say something so blatantly homophobic in your review? It's part of the reason your approval is 1%

Green Baron
October 24th 2013



17635 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah man crying is for fags. straight men don't cry. they toughen it up.

Green Baron
October 24th 2013



17635 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i think this guy is just homophobic himself

LittleStranger
October 24th 2013



481 Comments


I have a sense he's a 14 year old who smokes weed, thinks he's tough cos he says racial and homophobic slurs and basically just thinks he's an anarchist punk cos he listens to a bit of grunge. This review is the nail in his reviewing coffin

Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
October 24th 2013



8948 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I've never done it before but crying to a song just means your enjoying it on an overwhelmingly personal level. There's nothing wrong with it.

LittleStranger
October 24th 2013



481 Comments


I literally hate this review more than words can express. Please, go to English class, teslabarrier. There's more to life than playing hooky third period and smoking pot

Green Baron
October 24th 2013



17635 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"i don't wanna go to school today, i wanna stay home and masturbate"

- puddle of mudd

Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
October 24th 2013



8948 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Lol just read that over again and you think it's BAFFLING that you showed a natural emotion in private because a song hit you hard? Grow the fuck up.

Green Baron
October 24th 2013



17635 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

well this guy's like 12 so...

LittleStranger
October 25th 2013



481 Comments


I use to sympathize for this guy



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