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Friday, November 07, 2014

Album Review:Vital

Image credit:Official site

Songwriters:Anberlin, Aaron Sprinkle

Genres:Rock, alternative

General thoughts:I forget, when is the final tour again?

From what I'm told, this is one of Anberlin's most aggressive albums. But even with that in mind, there are a number of more mellow songs here. A lot of them will get stuck in your head. Lyrically, there's a bit of angst, love, and regret.

This entire album, plus some bonus songs, are featured on the release Devotion. I'd suggest just buying that.

Track Listing

1. Self-Starter
Thoughts:This addresses a unhealthy relationship based on sex rather than love. Not bad.
2. Little Tyrants
Thoughts:This I've heard is about how we isolate ourselves, but it sounds more like a mockery of tyrannical authority figures who are losing their power. In either case, it's worth a listen.
3. Other Side
Thoughts:This seems to be about that wanting to be loved and trusted. Fairly good.
4. Someone Anyone
Thoughts:This questions what cause you're fighting for and whether it's actually helping. Not too bad.
5. Intentions
Thoughts:This is about wanting more than you have. Meh.
6. Innocent
Thoughts:This is about how we all start out as innocent. Also meh.
7. Desires
Thoughts:This is about a manipulative romantic partner who has turned you into something you hate. Definitely one of the best songs on the album.
8. Type Three
Thoughts:This one is about a lover you're tired of waiting for. No big deal.
9. Orpheum
Thoughts:This is about someone that makes you lose control of your emotions. It's okay.
10. Modern Age
Thoughts:This is about the fact that we all want to belong and build ourselves up. Pretty good.
11. God, Drugs, & Sex
Thoughts:This is also about a relationship, this time considering that the ex in question no longer cares about anything most people would consider meaningful or pleasurable. Good ending, though it's longer than it needs to be.
12. Unstable (iTunes bonus track)
Thoughts:This is about wanting your suffering partner to let you in so you can help them. It has a softer tone, appropriate for the subject matter, and is definitely worth getting.

So what was your opinion?

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