Song of the Day: Anberlin - Pray Tell

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Another album celebrating it’s 10 year anniversary is “Dark Is the Way, Light Is a Place” by the world renown alternative rock band, Anberlin. This Brendan O’Brien produced full length effort (their 5th album by 2010) was a slight departure from the sunny, bright, more upbeat sounds of their commercial break through record, “New Surrender”. One of the stand out highlights from this album was definitely “Pray Tell”, with it’s thundering drum intro and light guitar strumming mixed with Stephen’s unforgettable vocal contributions. Stephen’s voice really leads Anberlin and that unmistakable sound is really due in part by his vocals. Joseph, Deon, Nathan, and Christian are all excellent musicians on their own and it is clearly reflected on this record. I remember being so surprised that they had the opportunity to work with Brendan O’Brien who had worked with some of the biggest names in Alternative Rock from the 90’s/00’s etc. One word, Pearl Jam. This album had a really good sound and depth. “Pray Tell” is certainly no exception to the fantastic contributions the band made on this stand out record in their stunning discography. I saw the band live on a local stop at House Of Blues Anaheim during this tour and it was an amazing experience. “Pray Tell” was even more explosive and well defined when played live with all the extra percussion and drum parts. It was so cool. I recommend you look up the live videos on YouTube of this song and year it came out. While I love every album this band has done including their first, I really think their first 5 efforts were their strongest. Not to knock “Vital” and “Lowborn” but these first 5 records had some truly special and memorable contributions that will long be remembered. Hopefully we can all celebrate this band’s legacy when they get back together later this year for some tour dates and maybe new music? One can only hope.

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Mark K
Mark K
June 16, 2020 6:34 pm

I’ll have to go back and listen to this. It’s the most neglected for me.

Vital is actually my favorite Anberlin and was a step back in the right direction. Lowborn sounded too disjointed as an album but the songs were good.

June 16, 2020 1:48 pm

Love Pray Tell for all the reasons listed above! I don’t know why they stopped playing it live…

June 19, 2020 8:13 am

This is my favorite Anberlin album! I was really into the Killers and Kings of Leon at the time and I feel that Anberlin were influenced by that sound as well.

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