Anberlin is a household name in the alternative rock market. Their success has been established through four solid albums and a strong following in the secular and Christian music industries. Signing to Universal Republic Records, Anberlin released “New Surrender” in 2008. While the album featured some noteworthy tracks, some fans were displeased. “Dark is the Way, Light is a Place” may change those fans’ minds, as I feel it’s a more cohesive album through and through.
Starting off with the opener “We Owe This to Ourselves,” listeners get a taste of classic Anberlin. The first single off the record, “Impossible,” is catchy and accessible. The band has always had an uncanny talent for writing heartfelt break-up songs and “Take Me as You Find Me” is no exception. The next track, “Closer” is one of my personal favorites. Its hard hitting guitars, powerful chorus, and honest lyrics make for a winning combination. “You Belong Here” lifts the mood dramatically with a brighter disposition and pop-driven sound. “Pray Tell” is another favorite of mine, with a strong emphasis on percussion and extremely catchy chorus. Again, the lyrics shine here. “Art of War” is another praiseworthy track. “To the Wolves” travels back to the older sound of Anberlin, with plenty of power chords and angst. “Down” is a somber and emotional acoustic tune. The closer, “Depraved,” is in the same vein as the band’s previous album closers. It’s dark, thought-provoking, and drawn out. A solid end to a very solid record, which should please well established fans and new fans alike.