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|0.0 ||J. Ponton EMERITUS | October 11th 12|
Vital Anberlin release is Vital.
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|0.0 ||Adam Thomas STAFF | October 11th 12|
the Creed of pop punk.
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|4.5 superb||immortalizepain | October 3rd 12|
A review said, Old and new fans alike will embrace this decision, for this release brings
back the intensity of Cities as well as incorporating new musical outlets never before
explored by the band. Hey, rock AOTY, why the f#ck not?
Edit: Yes, it's awesome!
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|0.0 ||Jacob Royal STAFF | October 18th 12|
It's safe to say there's an intrinsic tie between 1. album artwork featuring splashing water, and 2. Sputnik
ejaculating all over its face.
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|4.0 excellent||KJ | October 12th 12|
The songs are great but the sound production is pure shit.
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|4.5 superb||Davey Boy STAFF | December 14th 12|
'Vital' is Anberlin's aptly titled 6th LP, where the dependable Floridian quintet return to producer Aaron Sprinkle to successfully capture the essence of their live sound on record. Explosive, energetic & passionate, this is heavy without sacrificing any of the band's melodic hooks. Stephen Christian's majestic vocals are matched by the blazing guitars & pounding drums, while the infusion of synth flourishes not only adds depth, but somehow assists the aggressive tone. From the tremendous opening one-two punch to the epic closer, this consistent LP is a supremely rewarding listen. Recommended Tracks: Little Tyrants, Self-Starter, Desires, Someone Anyone & Type Three.
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|0.0 ||Micah-Nahum Ferguson of The American States. | October 30th 12|
Even more obnoxious and pretentious than "Cities." Right when I was hoping to restore my faith in Anberlin. They
started out as a modestly interesting, albeit derivative, rock band. Now they have exploded into an
OVERPRODUCED MESS. No whole song is memorable on here; only a few moments that aren't pumped with
superficial cheese make a lasting impression. The rest is all Anberlin has been surviving on since "Cities": filler.
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|2.5 average||Sam Feldman's Rating | October 18th 12|
Underwhelming, nothing inventive here or ambitious. Why does everyone compromise these days?
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|3.5 great||kakemonster | October 16th 12|
After the critically acclaimed Cities, Anberlin have seemed somewhat unsure on how to
further evolve and progress as a band. On Vital the band tries to go back to the intricacies
displayed on Cities, while incorporating more synth instrumentation in their sound. It
sounds good on paper, but the reality is more a of mixed bag. When it works, it works
better than ever, as evident on songs such as Modern Age, Innocent and Self-Starter, a
glimpse of what the band is capable at their best. The main problem with Vital however, is
that several songs do not have strong enough melodic quality to keep you continually
interested. Adding synths into the mix does not automatically make a song better, when the
songwriting itself is not strong enough. The result is an uneven album somewhat lacking in
"dynamics", as several choruses are quite a let-down melodically, often creating a kind of
anti-climax(e.g. Other Side, Intensions). Another disappointment is that certain songs,
while strong melodically, are unfortunately somewhat ruined by repetetiveness (e.g. Orpheum
and God, drugs and sex).
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|5.0 classic||Kelsey Grammer | October 12th 12|
This album is so good. Most definitely my album of the year, of the past two years, maybe five years.
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|5.0 classic||Ian | October 12th 12|
This is the album Anberlin has always been capable of making. I can't say if nostalgia will eventually keep me from preferring this over Cities, but I have to admit this is the strongest overall album Anberlin has ever made. A must listen in 2012.
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|5.0 classic||MikeDominguez | June 4th 13|
As hard as it is for me to find an album in which every song is good, this is one of them. "Vital" succeeds in all levels, and cemented Anberlin as one one of my favorite bands.
|5.0 classic||ienjoymen | February 27th 13|
Almost every song on this album is fun to listen to, and none of them are filler. Fantastic album.
|5.0 classic||retrodip | February 3rd 13|
This may not be Aberlin's best album, but then again it certainly might be. Unbelievable album from Self-starter to finish.
|5.0 classic||Joseph Newcomer | January 31st 13|
Anberlin has yet to make a bad release. In my opinion this is easily their best record to date. I give this album a slight edge over cities just because of the new grounds exlpored and the diversity. Best tracks here are the fantastic opener "Self Starter", the Godspeed like "Little Tyrants" and the amazing trio "Orpheum", "Modern Age", and the artistically beautiful "God, Drugs, & Sex". Not one bad song on this record although i havent quite grown to like "Innocent" and the overly repetitive "Other Side", although i do enjoy the synth intro and the verses which i found way too short. Overall i enjoy every song here as they are all amazing in their own way.
|4.0 excellent||Adeem | January 2nd 13|
Damn I never thought I would be listening to a Christian alt rock band and enjoying the hell out of it.
|3.0 good||pepster50 | December 9th 12|
Been listening to Anberlin for a long time. Never been a HUGE fan of them, but every album usually has one or two songs that I really enjoy. This one does too: Self-Starter. The rest of the album, while being pretty solid, just seems okay. There are no really stand-out tracks to me(except self starter). The guitar-work is nothing ground breaking, the melodies are lacking hooks. None of the slower songs seem to capture like "Unwinding Cable Car" or "Fin" did. I will listen to a few songs from the album in the near future but I can't see them lasting any longer than that. Easily forgettable. Don't get the hype.
|4.0 excellent||charlie15 | November 3rd 12|
what a comeback. 4-4.5 I might like this better than cities
|5.0 classic||fabzn | October 21st 12|
After a few days of listening to it non stop, its a classic every song is great, it never fully stops till after God, Drugs & Sex. the album is amazing!
|2.5 average||cailleach | October 18th 12|
I listened to it because of the good ratings, haven't heard of them before. The sound is ok, but after a few songs I felt it kept repeating, and I was bored by the lyrics. Too much noise and not enough sound for me, too heavy on the e-guitar and synthesizer, but that's more of a genre problem I suppose.
|4.0 excellent||Aaron Arneson CONTRIBUTOR | October 12th 12|
Finally. The album that gives Cities a run for its money.
|4.5 superb||AggieBlue | October 12th 12|
Their best yet, which is saying something since Cities and New Surrender were fantastic. I don't think these guys can release a bad record.
|4.0 excellent||iGuter | October 12th 12|
Little by little, it seemed like this band always wanted to go become the the alt-rock response to New Order. The work has definitely payed off, making this the most refined and mature album in their career.
|4.5 superb||Winrar | October 12th 12|
Album Rules FUCK!
|3.5 great||Commander Sam Vimes | October 11th 12|
This guy and Eric Nally from Foxy Shazam sound EXACTLY the same. That's my soundoff
|4.5 superb||Jake Scavello | September 16th 12|
I already know this is gonna be my AOTY so I'm gettin my 5 ready
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