I'm kinda the opposite. They lost me with New Surrender and Dark Is the Way... kind of won me back.
Dark is the way had better lyrics but was missing that classic Anberlin feel. I enjoyed it and it was definitely better than New Surrender but looking forward to vital as it seems like it will be the Anberlin I remember even if they experiment.
awful, no, repetitve, yes. the repetitve-ness in choruses like closer, we owe this to ourselves, to the wolves and depraved are what keep me from going back to that record more. Im pretty sure stephen did that on purpose though, it just wasnt my favorite. in my opinion, one of the best songs theyve ever written has one of the choruses with the most words in dismantle. repair.