Often times an album loses momentum with every song that just doesn’t quite cut it. Quickly you discover that what you had hoped for isn’t happening and there are only a few songs you actually like. It’s similar to channel surfing endlessly hoping to find something that can maintain interest but nothing will. Yea that sucks, but want the good news?
Sparks quickly turn to fire as Anarbor knocks each song out of the ballpark with consistent hooks, dynamic choruses and sing-along style lyrics. Alright, you may not be caught dead singing along to music you like but you get the idea. Almost seductive in nature with a powerful pop rock sound that’s mesmerizing The Words You Don’t Swallow takes off immediately and never misses a beat. It all begins with vocals that are powerfully smooth, polished and bolstered with enough edge and harmony to keep your ears perked. Lead vocalist Slade Echeverria’s sound is also defined through his ability to transition between catchy choruses and verses in a seamless manner. The background vocals create the extra brush stroke that really pushes several of the songs onto the verge of perfection as they’re not overdone, or over powering. And, the harmonies are a treat to the ears. But leave out the vocals and you’ll find that the music is still potent.
Excellent bands aren’t carried by one aspect but everything working in tandem. Anarbor understand this in The Words You Don’t Swallow and have constructed music that doesn’t only accompany awesome vocals but makes ever song that much better to listen to. Think about it. If you can only focus on a small aspect of a band you like, the momentum dies quickly. However, if you’re in tune to each instrument and the vocals your experience will likely continue and an album will retain its value. The drumming, guitar and bass writing is insanely catchy, not too complex and easy to follow. Each instrument shows its core value and importance leaving you to say “damn these guys are good”. And, you can listen to each song again and again and find several different aspects to enjoy.
Anarbor’s The Words You Don’t Swallow is not your typical band with a ho-hum sound. Theirs is defined by music that utilizes each member and instrument to their utmost ability creating a sound that’s fun to listen to. [By: Andy Rajan]
Release Date: April 20, 2010