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: Sent By Ravens
Album: Our Graceful Words
Release Date: 4/20/10
Label: Tooth & Nail Records

While listening to Sent By Ravens' debut album Our Graceful Words, a few things immediately come to mind. First off, these guys certainly have plenty of melodic riffs that are heard through the whole album. Second, lead vocalist Zach Riner has a voice that could easily be compared to Jon Micah Sumrall from Kutless and at times, Andrew Schwab from Project 86. Now to the band's sound. There is a constant progressive/hard rock flavor on most of the album, along with a few breakdowns thrown in here and there.

The opener of the album, "New Fire," sets the pace for Our Graceful Words, with a lot of similar guitar work ranging throughout. Producer Aaron Sprinkle certainly gives the album a polished sound as well, especially on tracks like "This Awakening" and "Trailers vs. Tornadoes." A nice surprise on the album is a worship tune entitled "Salt and the Light." A song that struck my attention as very Project 86 esque is "Stone Soup," which is easily the heaviest track off the album.

The album's lyrics are very worshipful, and if Sent By Ravens had a bit softer sound, they could pass as a CCM band. That is something I like about that band, that also seems to be missing in many other bands in today's music industry. The dept in the lyrics.

Rating: 8/10 Sent By Ravens offer up a very solid debut with their release Our Graceful Words. From the ranging guitars to the melodic breakdowns spread throughout the album, not to mention Zach Riner's strong voice to top it all off. SBR has hit the mark with their debut and they can only get better.

  1. New Fire
  2. An Honest Heart
  3. I Hear Her Breathe
  4. Beautiful List
  5. Trailers vs. Tornadoes
  6. Jill Plays Tricks, Jack Plays God
  7. Philadelphia
  8. Salt and the Light
  9. This Awakening
  10. Stone Soup
  11. True Bride
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