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: Newworldson
Album: Newworldson
Release Date: 2/23/10
Label: Inpop Records

Blending together a great mixture of soul, funk, pop and worship-style vocals, Newworldson is something unique. Hailing out of Ontario, Canada, Newworldson returns with their sophomore effort, a self-titled album. It contains a more polished and mature sound, as compared to their debut titled Salvation Station.

The opener "You Set The Rhythm" really sets the pace for the album, containg the funk/soul sound. The album's first single, "There Is A Way" has a more contemporary pop sound to it, already a hit single. A little more edginess is brought on "That's Exactly (How I Like It)", with some rock thrown in there and powerful gang vocals in the chorus. "I don't believe much in luck, God's the only one that I trust", it proclaims. Following up is "Rocky Road", a more mellow track, that almost seems to go on and on. It's length is really the only weakness, but it still has a good message.

A song that highly surprises me is "Jamaican Praise Medley", which has a reggae Jamaican sound and essentially just praises God, while having some fun. It was a surprise to hear, but brought a smile to my face. The closer "Weary" has a slower tempo and is filled with the soulful vocals of Joel Parisen, lead vocals of NWS. The album surprised me a lot and was a satisfying listen.

Rating: 9/10 Newworldson easily avoids the sophomore slump with their new self-titled album. It really surprised me and was one of the most unique albums I've ever heard. Check out Newworldson for some great, unique music!

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