New Surrender

New Surrender

by Anberlin


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A new lineup member, a new producer, and a step up to a major label added up to Anberlin's best sense of direction yet, and therefore their strongest output in their brief but prolific career. The band collaborated for three months in the studio to craft their Universal Republic debut with producer Neal Avron, who has helmed projects for Fall Out Boy, Yellowcard, and New Found Glory. Being their fifth album in scarcely six years, spending so much time in the studio had its share of risks involved, particularly with new guitarist Christian McAlhaney, whose addition made three songwriters in the bunch, generally a recipe for "creative differences." It's pleasing, therefore, to see how well Anberlin define themselves on this record. Their sound on New Surrender isn't as much a diversion as it is a realization of their potential to finally seize the full emo spirit in all its glory, as if their high/low, intense-yet-laissez-faire approach to modern rock was simply warming up to this point, which is saying a lot given the quality of songs and the massive following they have carved out over the years. It's not unlike Mae's progression from the critically acclaimed The Everglow to Singularity, where it could be argued that diversity took a back seat to pinpointing their own sound. It worked for Mae, and it works here for Anberlin.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/30/2008
Label: Republic
UPC: 0602517802957
catalogNumber: 001171002
Rank: 41167

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Anberlin   Primary Artist
Neal Avron   Keyboards
Christian McAlhaney   Keyboards,Group Member
Nathan Young   Group Member
Sean Mackin   Conductor
Ira Glansbeek   Cello
Rodney Wirtz   Viola
Ginger Murphy   Cello
Joseph Milligan   Keyboards,Group Member
Deon Rexroat   Group Member
Amy Wickman   Violin
Anna Stafford   Violin
Ellen Jung   Violin
Sam Fischer   Violin
Sarah Parkins   Violin
Christine Wu   Violin
Stephen Christian   Group Member

Technical Credits

Neal Avron   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements,Audio Production
Butch Walker   Composer
Dan Wilson   Composer
Mitch Allan   Composer
Mike Fasano   Drum Technician
Anberlin   Composer
Christian McAlhaney   Composer,Programming
Sean Mackin   Orchestration,String Conductor
Erich Talaba   Engineer
Kyle Griner   Management
Joseph Milligan   Arranger,Composer,Programming,String Arrangements
Jordan Butcher   Art Direction
Rob Dawson   Guitar Techician
Stephen Christian   Composer

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New Surrender 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
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Heavy_Metal_Sushi More than 1 year ago
Anberlin is another one of those bands that just continues to get better and better with each album that they put out, and such is true with their latest album, New Surrender. I listened all the way through this album the following morning after I downloaded, while I was doing some cleaning, and I absolutely loved it! My favorite songs are The Resistance, Breaking, and the last track Miserabile Visu (Ex Malo Bonum). Great song! I also liked their retake on their song The Feel Good Drag, which originally released on their album Never Take Friendship Personal. Both versions of the song are cool. The edition of New Surrender that I have, though, has one extra added track on it then what is listed for this version here on B & N, but no matter. This is a great album. Any of you Anberlin fans, or just any of you then enjoy a good indie/rock album, definitely check this one out. It's amazing!
askatergirl More than 1 year ago
Anberlin, who are way underrated, rocks harder than ever in this amazing CD. New Surrender features more hits, hitting the right lyrics and music every time. Their songs are so good, and even better when performed live. This CD just adds to the awesomeness that is Never Take Friendship Personal, Cities and the others.

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