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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Very Merry Christmas

Artist: Dave Barnes
Album: Very Merry Christmas
Release Date: 11/9/10
Label: Razor & Tie Records

Out of the music city of Nashville, Tennessee comes singer-songwriter Dave Barnes with his new Christmas album, Very Merry Christmas. Fresh of the release of What We Want, What We Get which released earlier this year, in April, Barnes brings a fresh take to Christmas songs, both old and new.

A few originals start off Very Merry Christmas, the first being the fun title track, following up with "Christmas Tonight," a duet with Hillary Scott of country superstars Lady Antebellum. Some other notable songs on the album are the soulful "I Pray On Christmas," the mellow, piano tune "Christmas Tree," with backing vocals from the talent of Brandon Heath. The album's highlight would have to be the closer, "Mary and Joseph," which takes on a modern day version of the nativity story. One of the album's only downfalls would be "All I Want For Christmas Is You," which is covered a bit too much in my opinion by many different artists.

Rating: 7/10 Dave Barnes brings a nice surprise with Very Merry Christmas. Besides a cover of the overused "All I Want For Christmas Is You," the album is an overall good Christmas album, full of both love songs and some more worshipful songs as well.

  1. Very Merry Christmas
  2. Christmas Tonight
  3. All I Want For Christmas Is You
  4. Meet Me At The Mistletoe
  5. I'll Be Home For Christmas
  6. I Pray On Christmas
  7. Christmas Tree
  8. Holiday Made For Two
  9. The Christmas Song
  10. Mary and Joseph
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