Blueprints for the Black Market



by lil_drummer_boi_21 USER (1 Reviews)
December 28th, 2005 | 29 replies

Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist

This is the bands first album released in 2003. This is a very well written album both musically and lyrically. Very strong rock feel.

Stephen Christian - Vocals
Joeseph Milligan - Guitar
Deon Rexroat - Bass Guitar
Nathan Strayer - Guitar
Nathan Young - Drums

1) Ready Fuels
This is a very nice intro song with a strong rock feel. The song starts off with a 4 bar guitar intro which is simple but affective. The drums come in after the 4 bars and really give you a sense of where the pulse is. The verse is awesome and the chorus matches it. Each chorus ends really well and then it bangs straight back into the verse. Stephen Christian voice is top notch through out the whole song. The song enters the bridge with a really nice and strong guitar solo. Overall an awesome starter (4.5/5)

2) Foreign Language
This song is one of my favorites. Starts off with the guitar again and Stephen basically singing straight away. The verse is very strong once again with the drums starting. During the little section that splits the 2 verses there is an awesome sound that is like a drum machine of some sort. The chorus goes heavier and has a great feel with the drummer changing to the ride cymbal with gives a good sound. There is no such guitar solo in this one. (5/5)

3) Change The World (Lost Ones)
Second best song on the album. Once again intros with just guitar then the drums come in. Very solid verse with just vocals, bass, guitar and drums playing. In the chorus one of two real affective things is when the drummer does a fill and he and the guitars stop and the Stephen is left singing “We could change it down”. The second affective thing is Stephen sings the chorus with such passion. Great Song! (5/5)

4) Cold War Transmissions
This song doesn’t do much for me. It’s an ok song but it’s not their best. It has a nice sounding chorus but still something about the song that doesn’t appeal to me. Also has some nice drum grooves and fills in it. (3/5)

5) Glass To The Arson Lyrics
Once again a vocal and guitar intro. Has some nice effects through out the song. Has a really nice pleasant sounding chorus. Nice heavy part in the guitar solo and after the guitar solo a nice little strong and dominating section that pumps us back into the final chorus and ends with the guitar ringing out. (4/5)

6) The Undeveloped Story
This is easily the best song on the album. Like most of their songs a guitar intro and then breaks into easily the best verse on the album. Very simple stuff being played but sounds really affective. The chorus sounds good as well but my favourite part in the whole song is the second verse where the drummer moves onto the cowbell and the Stephen sings “Dance all night, Dance all night” this part really gets me moving. And the best part about it is it happens again later in the song. The drummer also uses triplets and crotchet triplets very affectively. (5/5)

7) Autobahn
This is a nice upbeat tempo song. I’ll admit that its not one of my favourite but its ok for what it is. Have nice catchy verses and choruses. What a voice once again. Awesome vocals. A very nice guitar solo (I’m no guitarist) but I think he used a slide. Overall a cool little song (4/5)

8) We Dreamt In Heist
Starts off with great effected sounding guitar. Has a nice mellow verse and chorus. All verses, choruses etc really gel well together in this song. Has really cool effects used in this song. (4/5)

9) Love Song
This song is a bit different. Has some cool piano and once again has good lyrics. It’s a type of song that is a bit different to the other stuff on the album but never the less is still a good song. (4/5)

10) Cadence
Another awesome song! Another song that has great lyrics and great vocals. Another simple sounding sound but so very affective. Although not acoustic it kind of has an acoustic feel. Another strong drumming effort. (4.5/5)

11) Naive Orleans
Once again has a type of an acoustic feel and lyrics are awesome as well. Has a nice soft intro and then changes to a nice flowing verse and an evenly good chorus. I really enjoy listening to the lyrics in this song. Another love song! (4/5)

OVERALL: I think this is an awesome album and very easy to listen to, much of the stuff is very simple but is so enjoyable to listen to. I would highly recommend this album!
This is my first review so I would greatly appreciate any feedback.

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Storm In A Teacup
December 29th 2005


Album Rating: 3.0

Alright for a first. :thumb:

When you write a review next time try not to do a track by track review. They aren't liked much around here. Which is obivous for your track descriptions as to why they are not liked. Your descriptions aren't very helpful to the reader. You are just basically saying for every song, "The guitar was good, but I didn't like the chorus. Try something like an overall.

Look at the reviews of ShadowsFallen, Zebra, or Cheeto-t for examples or you could click on my username, and see some of my more recent reviews. You can look at these users by just looking at my favorite reviewers list.

Storm In A Teacup
February 21st 2006


Album Rating: 3.0

Oh, I didn't even know this band when I first commented, but I shall soon be submitting a review of their new album today, or in the next few days.

March 20th 2006


Had never, ever heard of these guys before, and surprised myself by totally loving them.
Not my usual cup of tea, but I think they're damn good songwriters for this kind of music.
Ready Fuels, Foreign Language, and of course The Undeveloped Story are very cool, as is their cover of Love Song.
The only thing that trips me up is the sometimes not-so-subtle christianity. Cadence would have been great if not for the chorus...is he saying 'the closer I am to you, the closer I am to finding love', or 'the closer I am to you, the closer I am to finding god'...? Either way...bleh
Nicely produced too, with a great modern sound to the guitars. Their newer stuff is sweet too.

March 23rd 2006


I love that these guys are getting known while staying obviously Christian....haven't been able to find this cd yet but I love "Never Take Friendship Personally"

March 23rd 2006


I really like this band.

February 13th 2007


Album Rating: 3.5

Decent band, but I really hate that vocal where he goes "do-do-do-do-do". That

sort of vocal scatting should be left to terrible mid-90's bar bands with questionable

beards and hats that reek of trees. Otherwise, nice melodies and stuff but nothing

amazing.This Message Edited On 02.12.07

February 13th 2007


Album Rating: 3.5

This band can kick out some pretty good tunes. I'm gonna have to agree with strizzmatik when i say that the "do do do do do" is pretty gay. I like these guys though. I'm excited for their new album.

September 26th 2007


you do relize 9 is a cure cover right

January 4th 2008


Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah Love SOng is a Cure COver

January 4th 2008


Album Rating: 4.0


January 8th 2008


Album Rating: 4.0


January 8th 2008


Album Rating: 4.0


October 12th 2008


Anberlin's best album. If you disagree then you're wrong.

October 28th 2008


Album Rating: 3.5

no way, never take friendship personal...even cities is better than this.

but that being said this album is still killer, undeveloped story....:O

February 15th 2010


for god knows how long i had the names of this albums songs mixed up, so for years when i listened to cadence i thought i was listening to love song, and i just found out a couple of hours ago lol

July 9th 2011


Album Rating: 3.0

This album doesn't compare to Anberlin's other albums

September 18th 2011


Album Rating: 3.0

K the first song is really good so far. This can join NS, NTFP, and DITW... in the ranks of "4'ed

Anberlin" albums lol. EDIT: First dud, Cold War Transmissions. Chorus is pretty weak.

November 10th 2011


Album Rating: 3.0

Naive Orleans is sooo good.

November 10th 2011


Album Rating: 3.5

Ready Fuels is my favorite on this. Song rocks hard.

November 10th 2011


Album Rating: 3.0

Ready Fuels is awesome, too, but Naive Orleans edges it out as my favorite track from this. It's kind of a weird closer, as far as Anberlin album closers go, though.

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