Artist Of The Week - Anchor & Braille

It's been about three years since we've gotten an album from Anchor & Braille, the indie side project of Anberlin's Stephen Christian, but this week, on July 31st, the band's sophomore album will be released. The Quiet Life is a collection of haunting melodies and catchy percussion, certainly a maturation of sound since 2009's Felt. The Quiet Life is available now in stores and online through Tooth & Nail Records.


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Artist: Surrogate
Album: Popular Mechanics
Release Date:7/14/09
Label: Tooth and Nail Records

So,before I wrote this review,I read the Love is for the Rich review at It gave it 3 and a half stars.Pretty good review.But if reading that review and then wanting a great Spirit-filled album,that's just not happening. First of all,the "Intro" is a nice 30 second instrumental opening that flows right into "Suprise". "Suprise" is a nice relaxing song that I can't seem to deciphere the meaning to. "Cynism" seems to be a song about being the only one to love something. Then the album moves onto its first single,"Exercise Machines",which is available on the T+N Fuel Sampler.It is basically a song about going green and using exercise machines to make electricity and to get fit. The next song,"Love Is For The Rich" is about someone giving away everything for love. Than,the song "Whiskey(Vomiting Words)" is one of a few songs that have questionable lyrics saying: Absence make the heart grow fonder, whiskey makes the mind grow weak
. I cannot understand why,if this was a true Christian band,they would be singing these things. So after here,everything goes downhill,with songs including the title track,and "State of Jefferson",which includes more strange lyrics. The album closer,"The Devil Gets What He Wants(Sometimes)" is probably Surrogate's most spirit-filled song,talking about Jesus turning water into wine. Overall,the album was sort of like relaxation put to words and overall,was a good sophmore release.

Album Highlights:""Love Is For The Rich","Exercise Machines",and "The Devil Gets What He Wants(Sometimes).
Rating:5.5/10 Would recomend the album for relaxation,but keep in mind the questionable lyrics. Myspace(Lyrics)

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