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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For Those Who Wait [+digital booklet]

Artist: Fireflight
Album: For Those Who Wait
Release Date: 2/9/10
Label: Flicker/Provident
For Those Who Wait, the anticipated new album from Fireflight follows up their acclaimed release Unbreakable, which released back in 2008. The album still has their typical hard rock sound, with a few more surprising elements as well.

The album starts off with its title track, which starts out with a rather surprising string section, which breaks into Dawn Michele, lead vocals, proclaiming "This is for those who wait". Following up is the current radio single, "Desperate", which is about being desperate about searching for God, asking God if he will help us and heal us. An interesting track is "Core of My Addiction", which is yes, is about being addicted to God. I personally think that the point could have been written differently, but other than that, the song does have some well written lyrics.

"What I've Overcome" talks about overcoming sin and accepting Jesus, stating that our sinful path is erased. Personally, one of my favorite songs, despite being the calmest song on the album, is the piano-laden "Name". With lyrics like "He sees you, He's near you, He knows your face, He knows your pain", it proves to be a cry out to the broken and lonely. Breaking the slower tempo of "Name" are the erupting guitars on "New Perspective".

Closing out the album are "All I Need To Be" and "Recovery Begins". "All I Need To Be" starts off slower, with acoustics and great, melodic vocals, before the rock is released in the second half of the song. The closer, "Recovery Begins" is mainly composed of pianos and closes off the album nicely.

Rating: 8/10 Fireflight brings us a solid album in For Those Who Wait. Featuring some radio-friendly rock, laden with some softer tracks as well, the album was certainly worth the wait.

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