Label: Universal Republic
Release Date: October 16th, 2012
Purchase: Pre-Order or available in stores October 16th
For Fans Of: Saosin, Cartel, Anberlin’s “Never Take Friendship Personal”
Florida natives and alternative rock pioneers, Anberlin have written possibly one of the most interesting and daring albums of 2012 entitled Vital. The first song and single off the record, “Self-Starter” is an appropriate and well-deserved one with its melody that will chase you throughout the song. With expectations of what the Anberlin’s Vital should sound like, listeners will indeed be surprised by the progression and direction of the band. Although many fans and discouraged hipsters may claim that growth in a band is a negative thing, may “Little Tyrants” be a subtle reminder that Anberlin have written an album of energetic songs to be performed live.
The third song on the album “Other Side” is an emotional journey in itself as it features ambient sounds and personal lyrics regarding loneliness. Fear not though, the following song “Someone Anyone” may be similar in lyrics, but musically is no match against any other song off the 11 song album. “No one can walk away” is one of the many intriguing sets of lyrics besides the chorus that makes this song one of the many memorable ones. Along with the number of upbeat and memorable songs found on the album, Anberlin threw us a couple of freebie lighter/cell phone light concert sing-alongs such as “Innocent” and “Type Three”. “Modern Age” in my opinion is a song that brings the most nostalgia to the table. From lyrical content to the hint of ambience heard in the background, this 2nd last track will be the push that keeps you from taking this off your iTunes playlist or out of your car CD slot.
The maturity of Anberlin is consistent and evident on each and every song of Vital. There are so many elements including the pumping bass and snare drum beat on “Someone, Anyone” or the retro-synth lines heard on “Intentions” that make this album so special and new. Grab Vital on October 16th via Universal Republic on iTunes (which includes a bonus track, “Unstable”), Amazon, or your local record store.