Sound — 10
These guys have put together an attractive blend of indie-rock, pop-punk and '80s rock. All five musicians work very well together. The guitars are tight, and the complex, speedy leads weave very nicely into the fabric. The rhythm section is what I really love about this band. They form solid, catchy backbeats and hold the songs together like Gorilla Glue between a fat man and a toilet seat.
Lyrics — 9
Stephen Christian breaks the mold of the traditional emo-rock singer. He's high-pitched, but he delivers with really good power and conviction. The lyrics are really nicely written and thought-provoking, concentrating on male-female relationships on a traditional rock & roll level.
Overall Impression — 9
This is really a great album for fans of emo-rock that are tired of the stupid goth-rock imposters. Anberlin is a band that I can see being very, very successful in the future. They're just too catchy, honest, and overall awesome not to be destined for greatness. Easily one of the best albums in any genre for 2005.