I love music. I honestly don’t know what I’d do without it. But if there’s one thing I never got when it comes to music, it’s bands who write lyrics that are almost impossible to decipher. But somehow, a lot of my favorite bands have been like that. Such is the case with Anberlin, back with their fifth album, New Surrender.
Nothing’s changed with the band. They still have the same sound they did when they started out. They’ve also stuck with their you-have-to-have-a-special-decoder-ring-to-understand-what-this-song-is-about lyrics. They also remade an old song of theirs, from their sophmore album, Never Take Friendship Personal. The song, “Feel Good Drag,” definitely needed the remake.
They also have some pop/rock songs on here, most notable “Retrace” and “Breathe.”
But, of course, those kind of songs aren’t the majority of the album. There are a handful of good Alt. Rock songs here, such as “Haight Street,” “Disappear,” “Blame Me! Blame Me!” and “The Resistance.”
I don’t know how they do it. They go to make an album, and they never disappoint. Hopefully, their latest effort will get the attention it deserves.
Feel Good Drag
With Feel Good Drag climbing the charts it looks like New Surrender may just get that attention. Along with making top ten lists around the web, look for it to be in my top of the year list as well.
When I heard that Krystal Meyers was making a dance pop album, I automatically thought,”Oh, no. A pop album? This is gonna be terrible!” But when I finally heard her album, I was pleasantly surprised.
Instead of just putting out an okay album with songs about boys, she released a well made, catchy record with a lot of meaningful songs. (Yes, it is possible.) “Make Some Noise,” (which was used by ABC to promote ‘Desperate Housewives,’ ‘Brothers and Sisters’ and ‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’) “Feels So Right” (Every time You look at me I’m on a high/I need Your loving cause it makes me feel alive) “Love It Away” (If you’re hurting, feeling afraid/He will love it away/…What is broken/What’s been stolen/Our Father will restore) and “Beautiful Tonight” (In my sickness can You make me beautiful tonight?) are just a few of those songs.
But she can’t totally leave her old music style. And it shows through in “S.O.S.” “My Freedom” and “Up To You.” (The former she sings ‘I am in distress/Come and save my life/This is my S.O.S./Screaming up to the sky.’) While her newest album’s musical uniqueness from her two older ones is awesome, it still is nice to hear the music she started with.
Even if you didn’t like that she “sold out” from her rocker style, you gotta admit: she did pretty good on this album, all things considered. Her best one by far. I already can’t wait for her next one.
Rating: 5 out of 5
This album is one of my “guilty pleasures” of 2008. It was “OK” to like her when she was playing guitar rock but truly sophisticated critics aren’t supposed to like “this” kind of music. But dang it, Make Some Noise and Shine have been playing on a regular basis on my Zune. Ms. Meyers has now proved she can do two styles of music effectively and who’s to say she can’t do just about anything. If this is selling out then maybe it’s not so bad! -drivebyMEDIA
Krystal Meyers’ new single “Shine” just came out, and here it is. So sit back and enjoy. But I must warn you: If you were a fan of her because she could rock, then you will be disappointed. It’s very dance-pop. But don’t let me discourage you from listening, cause even though I’m not a big fan of female pop singers (it’s not like I hate them, but I feel there are too many of them), I thought her newest single was very good. So come on; listen to it. I know you want to.
New album out in the US Sept 9 / July 9 in Japan
Our contributor girlwithguitar has submitted her list of top albums of 2007 (in no particular order)
Paramore – Riot
Anberlin – Cities
Jordin Sparks – S/T
Family Force 5 – Business up Front…Diamond Edition
Aly & AJ – Insominiac
Hannah Montana2 / Meet Miley cyrus
Radiohead – In Rainbows
Ashley Tisdale – Headstrong
Jonas Brothers / S/T
Britt Nicole – Say It