REVIEW: Anberlin – “Dark Is The Way, Light Is A Place”

Anberlin / Dark Is The Way, Light Is A Place / Universal

If dark is “the way” and light is “a place”, then Anberlin have definitely found what they’re looking for with their latest release. A perfect melodic fusion of poppy riffs and haunting vocals with a bit of edge, the Florida alt rock quintet stay true to their roots, diving into melancholic subject matter that’s anything but a depressant. Created from the optimistic standpoint of being trapped in the dark and knowing there’s a still a way back to the light, the fifth studio album offers various choices to appease the rocker in everyone.

Though sections of the 41 minutes seem slightly repetitive, landmarks such as the calm acoustic track “Down” and the impassioned “To The Wolves” showcase the group’s natural ability to wrap addictive lyrics with intense guitar breakdowns. Even the album’s opener “We Owe This To Ourselves” pays homage to a historical figure (Martin Luther King Jr.), proving vocalist Stephen Christian and co. never have a hard time conveying stories through fierce sincerity. A nail on the coffin of any negative skeletons the group has had, Dark Is The Way, Light Is A Place reveals how dedication and perseverance are two key ingredients in spawning something great.

Download: “Down”, “We Owe This To Ourselves”
 

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