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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The Gospel

Artist: Creations
Album: The Gospel
Release Date: August 30, 2011
Label: Rite of Passage/Mediaskare Records

The Gospel starts off appropriately with spoken Scripture in the first track, "The Wandering, The Call." That sets the tone for this album, because Creations want to be honest with you on a Biblical level, and they surely succeed.

The honesty is very apparent in track two, "The Wolf, The Clothes." Here are just a few excepts from its lyrics: "Would you be satisfied in heaven without the One who saved you?," "Why do you treat the cross like a prostitute, and purvey a false gospel? You'll gain the world but lose your soul. You're not a Christian!" Mesh these open and thought provoking lyrics with some great grooves and you have one of the best songs of the year.

I only have a few criticisms for this album. First, and this is just a symptom of music genres in general, the songs start sounding too similar after a bit. Again, this happens to a lot of bands, but some are able to cover it up a little better. My second criticism is that the vocals seem too thin to me. Now, that's not to say that Michael's vocals are bad. They're actually good, but in my opinion seem a little thin next to the heavy backdrop of down-tuned instrumentation.

There are some standouts on The Gospel, "The Rich, The Poor," "The Mist, The Storm," "The Tongue, The Sword," "The Almighty, The Wretch," and of course, the aforementioned song of the year contender, "The Wolf, The Clothes."

Overall: I had high hopes for this album, and maybe because of these lofty expectations, The Gospel was a little lackluster for me. I actually want people to disagree with me on this album, and pick this up based on its pure honesty alone. Honesty is severely lacking in this scene, and in Christianity in general. These guys are original in that sense.If you care about your walk with Christ, this album will only serve to keep you thinking and walking the straight and narrow. This is a good album, whose only real sin is being musically unoriginal.

Reviewed by Gary Peterson

  1. The Wandering, The Call
  2. The Wolf, The Clothes
  3. The Lion, The Lamb
  4. The Rich, The Poor
  5. The Cross, The Deserving
  6. The Idols, The Warning
  7. The I Am
  8. The Mist, The Storm
  9. The Tongue, The Sword
  10. The Coward, The Lie
  11. The Almighty, The Wretch
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