Never Take Friendship Personal
- reviewed by Andy Argyrakis Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2005 1 Feb
- Never Take Friendship Personal
- Paperthin Hymn
- Symphony of Blasé
- A Day Late
- The Runaways
- Time & Confusion
- The Feel Good Drag
- Audry, Start the Revolution
- Heavy Hearted Work of Staggering Genius
- Dance, Dance Christa Paffgen
When Anberlin debuted with Blueprints For the Black Market in 2003, it was one of the only Christian-based bands that accurately captured vintage Brit-pop influences mixed with yearning modern rock and pleading vocals. The electrifying and ultra hip combination earned the band tour dates with the likes of label mates Further Seems Forever and more recently, the Take Action! Tour featuring rising mainstream acts Sugarcult, The Early November and Hawthorne Heights.
The band's sophomore release,
Aside from sounding incredibly infectious and interesting, the meanings behind the music seems somewhat general and at times incomprehensible. Though poetic, Anberlin's lyrics suffer from the Starflyer 59 syndrome of sending a song's point over people's heads. If any central theme seems to stick out, it's that of relationships ("Never Take Friendship Personal," "The Runaways").
If you're looking for spiritually overt content, this is the wrong place. There's nothing objectionable or offensive in the 11 cuts, but there aren't any obvious Christian references. That's fine for those seeking an artfully made and engagingly played project, just not ideal for those looking for faith based edification.