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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: Above The Golden State
Album: The Golden Rule
Release Date: 1/26/10
Label: Sparrow Records

Love is a powerful thing, especially Jesus' love for us. Well, love is what Above The Golden State's new album, The Golden Rule, is all about. Above The Golden State plays a catchy form of pop rock, something not seen much of lately. I'm not the biggest fan of the genre myself, considering that it's usually not all that good.

The opener, "The Golden Rule", does bring some rather catchy hooks, riding on a chorus of "Love your Savior and your neighbor like yourself." Carrying across the album are themes of Jesus' love for us, as well as the fact that we should love like Him. The track "I Am Loved" really shows the more contemporary pop side of ATGS, showing that we are all loved by our Creator. The darker "Tragedy" contains a message dealing with depression and how Jesus still loves us no matter what.

The only problem I have with the album is that it is far too short, clocking at just above twenty minutes. Despite being only six tracks, I think I'll be listening to The Golden Rule for a while. A great job done by Above The Golden State.

Rating: 8/10 Above The Golden State bring us their sophomore effort, titled The Golden Rule. With a general message of love and God's love for us, stretching across the album from "The Golden Rule" to the darker "Tragedy". What I can say about this effort is the ATGS leaves more longing for more!

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