Anberlin - Never Take Friendship Personal

Monday 11th July 2005
Anberlin - Never Take Friendship Personal
Anberlin - Never Take Friendship Personal

RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 12942-9984
LABEL: Tooth & Nail TND66607
RRP: £12.71

Reviewed by Tony Cummings

Regular Cross Rhythms radio listeners will know that this band's debut 'Blueprint For A Black Market' was a much played favourite, showing this US band adept at developing cogent songs exploring pain and dysfunction, complete with jagged, distorted guitars and thunderous rhythms but never forgetting strong, radio-friendly hooks. Producer/engineer Aaron Sprinkle ensures that this set too has plenty for radio listeners to get their teeth into though don't expect the weird instrumental "A Heavy Hearted Work Of Staggering Genius" (too short) or the meandering epic "Dance, Dance, Christa Paffgen" (too long) to make many playlists. But when singer Stephen Christiansen surges into the call-and-response chorus of the title track or soars along with some delicious harmonies on "A Day Late" the effect is thoroughly convincing. Seldom has art rock worn such an accessible sheen.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Naomi in UK @ 21:34 on Feb 11 2006

Been listening to Anberlin for a while now, always enjoyed their music and I absoloutely love this album. Anberlin at it's best. :]

Posted by Mo in Scotland @ 19:17 on Dec 19 2005

Absolutely great album. not many British people will get to hear Anberlin but If you get a chance to then you will have heard of a truly amazing band!

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