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Anberlin - Never Take Friendship Personal

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Reviewer :
Johan Wippsson Format: Album
Year: 2005
Label: Tooth & Nail
Genre: Christian Rock
Producer: Aaron Sprinkle
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Review

I really liked Anberlin?s 2003 album "Blueprints for the Black Market" and for those who doesn?t has it and are into more emotional rock ala Jimmy Eat World and Juliana Theory it?s an album that you got to have. So imagine then if my expectations was quite high when I put "Never Take Friendship Personal" into my walkman the first time!!
Follow up albums is very hard and especially when you have recived rave reviews like Anberlin did almost two years ago now, damn time just flies away! But Stephen Christian and the guys in Anberlin can be calm, cause this one must be as successful as their debut if there?s any logic.
Mmmm, I just love this album!! The energy is here, the melodies as well and and Stephens voice is as personal as on the debut, which gives the band a very good trademark. If you liked monster tunes on "Blueprints for the Black Market" like "Readyfuels" and "Change the World", just listen to "Paperthin hymn", "Stationary stationary" and " A day late" you can?t be nothing than amazed by the bands positive and energy filled melodies. What a freakin good songs this is!! I could mention some more but that just unnecessary, "Never Take Friendship Personal" is a fantastic album and a great follow up, even better than their great debut. Get it?!!!! Buy it!!

Kajs opinion
Did you like Anberlin?s debut album "Blueprints for the blackmarket"?,well then their new album will be a safe buy coz nothing much has happened between these two albums.
"Never take friendship" is like a sequel with the same actors,same story and same producer....you know what you get and everyone?s happy.
Aaron Sprinkle is one of my favorite producers these days and this album is no exception,top notch work indeed!
I just love the soaring calm and beautiful "Amsterdam",the amazing energy in "The feel good drag" really puts the body
in motion and "Paperthin hymn" is filled with irresistable hooks so there are some strong tracks on it but will a third album
from Anberlin be interesting if they continue to sound the same?
I?m not so sure.....
HIGHLIGHTS:Paperthinhymn,Amsterdam,The feel good drag

Tracklisting 1. Never Take Friendship Personal
2. Paperthin Hymn
3. Stationary Stationery
4. (The Symphony Of) Blase'
5. A Day Late
6. The Runaways
7. Time & Confusion
8. The Feel Good Drag
9. Audrey, Start The Revolution!
10. A Heavy Hearted Work Of Staggering Genius
11. Dance, Dance, Christa Paffgen


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Bengt Rist
Since nobody mentioned the stunning ballad "the symphony of blaze", then i will. That song alone was reason enough for me to buy this album.

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