09:54 AM on 10/11/12
I'll be curious to see if people share my passion for it. Again, truly believe this to be their best.
10:38 AM on 10/11/12
I had the exact same read on it, but Stephen denied it, and kind of laughed at the thought. Interview goes up on Monday.
11:42 AM on 10/11/12
Just honest opinions man ... AP threads are notorious for mutual praise of a new record as the best thing ever written just because its new material by a band, and then 2 months later the same users are listening to the bands back catalogue instead because they prefer it more.
This is a good record, I just feel people need to settle down a bit. People were saying the exact same things about the last one and look how well that one is regarded now
While I agree that early hype is common, you do realize you're in the minority regarding New Surrender, right?
12:01 PM on 10/11/12
Haha I was waiting for that. Yeah I do realize that, just thought I'd throw it in as I like it as much as the other 2 more high regarded records
I'm curious as to what in those three albums you mentioned you find more appealing than Vital. I figured the nostalgia factor would play in a lot, but to me, this is their best musically, by far.
12:27 PM on 10/11/12
Its really not heavy. A couple heavier tracks, but that's it. With that being said, I encourage EVERYONE who sits here and says cities is better or "heavier" to go back and listen to cities. That album is the same, a few heavy cuts, a lot of slower and pop cuts as well...... This album is very, very good so far.
*ok now i am listening to Modern Age. Holy shit.
Very true - both albums split time between being high energy, soft, and heavy. If one band understands creating dynamics across an album, it's Anberlin. And Haha, Modern Age is a monster.
personally I think Cities is better lyrically and it's much more diverse muscially which is a huge positive for me. Plus, (*Fin) >>
But seriously, this has a better chance of eventually toppling Cities for me than I thought it did. It's fucking great.
Agreed on both points. Cities is definitely more diverse, while Vital is much more concise - I think both strategies worked nicely for their respective records.
the only songs i liked were self-starter, someone anyone, and God, Drugs, & Sex after listening for the first time. i think cities and new surrender are far superior. didn't really like the 80's vibe on some of the songs
Interesting choice of favorites - "Desires" and "Modern Age" did nothing for you? Or "Intentions" (80's-esque, but very NTFP).
12:27 PM on 10/11/12
never been a huge fan, although i found never take friendships personal to be super catchy. this new album starts off strong but i faded quick, energy didn't last throughout.
Did you by chance drop off after "Innocent?" I find the first half to be high energy, followed by a cool down section, ending on massiveness.
12:33 PM on 10/11/12
I just think their older songs have better structures and hooks to them. Songs like the resistance, dismantle repair, paperthin hymn etc are heavy but heavy in the right moments. Some of these new songs sound like a mess to me, heavy guitar which isn't really that rythmic, loud synth from the 80's that sounds like a video game ... its so cluttered. I feel like you need to let a song breathe on its own, and the new songs don't possess that. They seemed so forced
Meh, looks like we just disagree. I think the hooks here are just as strong as Cities, though in a different way. Don't feel like there's a "mess" here at all - I think it's more of an accomplishment that they made such thick music work. I like this direction for the band.
12:35 PM on 10/11/12
I've never understood the people who rave about The Resistance, that is such a bland, mediocre track to me. Self Starter shits all over it.
I actually really like The Resistance as a song, but the mix/production on the album is TERRIBLE - such a hollow track. Maybe not as strong as some of their other heavy tracks, but it's a damn good song and sounds great live.
12:58 PM on 10/11/12
That said, Stephen credits him Neal greatly for advancing their songwriting and structuring - I'll take the mediocre album for the lessons they learned.
06:02 PM on 10/11/12
These streams are kinda stupid, have to hurt record/online sales in some way which I hate for a band like Anberlin. Im waiting to get the real thing in my hands on Tuesday hopefully...
Not true at all. It's part of larger marketing plans.