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: Sixteen Cities
Album: Sixteen Cities
Release Date: 4/20/10
Label: Centricity Music

Pop rock can be a very wide and common genre. Some bands will come out as a success and some as a failed effort. Sixteen Cities easily come out as a refreshing take on some of the typical pop rock, blending a contemporary rock sound along the lines of Nevertheless and Sanctus Real, along with catchy pop melodies.

The light hearted chorus of "Just Wanna Dance" starts off the album with some light pop, followed up by a personal favorite, "Save Me From Myself." The song contains some hooks that hit it just right, with lyrics that come as a plea to God to save us from ourselves. The song "Come As You Are" is pretty self-explanatory, being God telling us to come to Him no matter how hard we're hurt of have sinned. Another song that comes off as an easy success is the closer "Winter," a completely piano-driven song that gives a very emotional message that hits straight to the heart. Although it varies from the style of the album, it is still one of, if not the highest, point of the album. Sixteen Cities, if they get the needed attention, are sure to be big and have no doubt started off on a high note.

Rating: 8/10 The self-titled debut from Sixteen Cities shines though the large genre of generic pop rock. Deep lyrics and a contemporary sound, mixed with a worship sound drive this band a long way. Getting the much needed attention, SC are sure to be big in a matter of time.

  1. Just Wanna Dance
  2. Save Me From Myself
  3. Sing Along
  4. Pray You Through
  5. Only After You
  6. Come As You Are
  7. Innocent
  8. Captured By Your Love
  9. Someones Work Of Art
  10. Bleeding For You
  11. Winter

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1 comment:

  1. Awesome! These guys are awesome. I love both the music and the ministry of Sixteen Cities.