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: Write This Down
Album: Write This Down
Release Date: 4/20/10
Label: Tooth & Nail Records

Ever so often does a debut come along that is nearly perfect in almost every way. That's the case with Write This Down's debut album. The best way to describe there sound would be Emery meets Underoath with an added pop punk element. The majority of the album does have a constant pop punk sound thrown in with screaming every here and there.

Starting off the debut is "Alarm The Alarm," one of the highlights, featuring lyrics that certainly showcase the band's faith, such as "There is no other name, by which I am saved, I will not be afraid, to trust in You." The metal-driven "Renegade" features a chorus that will be sure to stick and is also one of the heaviest songs on the album.

Write This Down does a very good job on the heavier songs of the album. The Emery-esque "We Shot The Moon" blends heavily layered screams with a fun chorus made up of gang vocals. "Kings and Councilors" features some rather metaphorical lyrics and pop punk hooks. The acoustic-driven "Heaven and Hell" seems a bit out of place on the album, but relentlessly closes it well.

Rating: 9/10 Write This Down have certainly gotten off to a good start with the release of their self-titled debut. This is one of the best debuts I have heard in a while and I would advise you to check WTD out.

  1. Alarm The Alarm
  2. Despite Your Valour
  3. Renegade
  4. Hand Grenades
  5. I Never Said I Was Through With You
  6. Center Of Attention
  7. Citadel
  8. Redemption
  9. We Shot The Moon
  10. Kings and Councilors
  11. Heaven and Hell

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