A new band on the modern rock-scene is what we have here and a really good one for sure! Musically we?re somewhere between modern rock bands with a little punk/powerpop attitude like Superdrag, Marvellous 3 and Mars Electric to name a few and a more straight ahead modern rock like Neve, Tonic and that sort of bands. The album is filled with fat guitar-licks and great harmony vocals and tons of melodic hooks and refrains. Third out ?Change The World? smells Tonic a long way and the opening track ?Ready Fuels? have a superb refrain. The production signed by Aaron Sprinkle (a guy we have reviewed earlier as a soloartist here at Melodic.Net) has done a great job with the sound. Some of the songs are feeling a bit ?to the same? if you get my point but that?s is just a tiny little complaint when the stuff is this good. I suggest all of you lovers of guitar-driven modern rock with a pop-edge to open your wallet and buy a copy at once. This band is here to stay for sure. And then I haven?t mentioned what is probably the best tune on the album, ?We Dreamt In Heist?. A song that feels like the missing link between old timed fashioned bands like Nelson mixed with Marvellous 3 sort of vibes. As I said? Impressive debut.
2003 was a good year for melodic modern rock. One of the bands that made a obvious contribution, were Anberlin. "ready fuels", "naive orleans" and "foreign language" are songs that i will never get tired of playing.
Anberlin is a 5 piece christianband from Florida with a 16 year old
drummer named Nathan(hits like he was 26) and a singer with the
suitable last name Christian and Stephen as his firstname,
his voice is very personal.
These guys love 80?s rock with all from A flock of seagulls to The
Smiths and that reflects their sound a bit,Anberlin plays modern
rock with 80?s feel so to speak.
Opening track "Ready fuels" sounds like a softer version of
the English rock explosion A who released the splendid
"Hifi serious",I like this guitardriven uptempo modern rock
with lots of good vibes in it.
Then a more Third eye blind kinda tune takes over with
"Foreign language",it takes a few rounds to appreciate this
because I thought at first that it was nothing special but
the melodies grows on me everytime I listen to it.
3rd track "Change the world" is one of the better songs
on this album,a real strong chorus like a mix of A meeting
Third eye blind and the guitars do rock!
When I think about that the latest 3EB record didn?t have
the same quality of songs we?re used to hear from them,I can
say without doubt that a melodic song like "Cold war transmission"
had been a perfect choice to make the standard better on
"Out of the vein",Anberlin doesn?t have as good songs as the
peaks on Third eye blind?s new album but there are 7?s out of
a 10 rating all through the album.
Anberlin rock harder than Stephan Jenkins and Co in 3eb but
not as hard as Jason Perry and the guys in A,the production
is handled by Aaron Sprinkle who is behind many of the
releases on Tooth and Nail but this time he really made it work
(compared to Poor Old Lu and Holland).
The sound is filled with crispy guitars and floating keyboards,
the material is strong through the whole album and even if
it?s not super in any way,"Blueprints for the black market" is
very good and will grow on you if you only give it a chance.
Many compare them to Jimmy eat world too and that is not far
from the truth in the more catchy tunes on this album( that is
their first on Tooth and Nail).
Our webmaster Wippo who is a sucker for this type of modern
rock will run over bodies to get this CD......*laughter*!