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: Newsboys
Album: Born Again
Release Date: 7/13/10
Label: Inpop Records

Since the Newsboys announced Michael Tait (formerly of DC Talk) last February, the whole CCM industry was stirred, wondering what would come of one of the scene's most beloved bands and face it, many people, including me, wondered what their new album would sound like. Well, over a year later, our answer is Born Again. The title is a statement that defines the Newsboys themselves, taking a new direction that is no doubt a lot more upbeat and fun then their sound a few years back. Tait's influence is brought into play here, leaving you wondering if you're still in fact listening to the Newsboys or some kind of new band resembling DC Talk and even Tobymac.

The title track sums up the main sound of the album, a high energy pop rocker that has graced the radio waves prior to the album, creating a hit already. An electronic influence is surprisingly thrown in on "Way Beyond Myself," adding an interesting touch to the verses. The hip-hop inspired "When The Boys Light Up" is a fun song that is essentially the mission statement for the band. Towards the end of the album, rather randomly placed on the album is the hit worship song "Mighty To Save," that takes on an nice sound with the Newsboys, but almost feels unnecessary, besides trying to show the fact that the reformed Newsboys have a more expandable sound. Although entertaining, the remake of "Jesus Freak" serves as the closer to Born Again, having BEC Recording's KJ-52 taking on the rapping verses. For some reason, I just can't seem to grasp onto the remake, but then again, maybe nothing will be better than the original.

Rating: 7/10 Face it, most of the Christian music industry has been waiting to hear the reformed Newsboys, with the talent of Michael Tait on vocals. Born Again is the anticipated album, with anywhere from high energy pop rock to electronic elements to worship songs, an album that has a little bit of everything. I don't think that this album is better than the original Newsboys that brought us songs that will always be remembered as classics, but the reformed version still entertains.

  1. Born Again
  2. One Shot
  3. Way Beyond Myself
  4. Impossible
  5. When The Boys Light Up
  6. Build Us Back
  7. Escape
  8. Miracles
  9. Running To You
  10. On Your Knees
  11. Mighty To Save
  12. Jesus Freak featuring KJ-52
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