On Disc: Anberlin

Album: Cities

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Cities by Anberlin

Tooth & Nail

3.5 stars

Cities is Florida rock band Anberlin’s third release. With a “Debut” and “Fin,” Anberlin attempts to create a concept album, hinting at some sort of thematic unity and focusing on love, loss and loneliness.

With the exception of a few cryptic songs, the album features intense, emotional lyrics. Lines like “Rather be lonely in love than alive with you and dead,” from “There is No Mathematics to Love and Loss,” provide an accurate snapshot of the album’s lyrics.

Musically, about half the tracks conform to the melodic pop-punk style Anberlin is known for, while the rest have a softer sound. Songs like “The Unwinding Cable Car” and “Inevitable” showcase Anberlin’s exceptional ability to write slow songs, which arguably fit better with its emotional lyrics.

Anberlin’s faster tracks sound similar. The album’s vocals can be loosely compared to the vocal style of Brendon Urie from Panic! At The Disco. Any hints Anberlin is signed to a Christian label are well hidden in Cities’ 12 intense pop-punk tracks.

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