Anberlin: 'Never Take Friendship Personal - Live In New York City' album review
4.0Overall Score

Label: Tooth & Nail Records
FOR FANS OF: Emery, Copeland, Paramore

Any longtime Anberlin fan is sure to recognize Never Take Friendship Personal as a crown jewel in the alternative rockers’ catalogue. It only makes sense for its tenth anniversary to be commemorated with this concert captured at The Gramercy Theatre. Not only does the collection boast the pleading vocals of charismatic front man Stephen Christian alongside the band’s anthemic delivery, but it also brings a slew of spiritually-probing, modern day classics to life, including “The Feel Good Drag” (which spent 29 weeks on the Billboard Alternative Songs Chart and eventually reached #1). And considering Anberlin officially called it a day in 2014 (after seven albums and a dozen groundbreaking years together), this souvenir of sing-a-longs is likely to fill a sizeable fan void, until of course an inevitable reunion comes to fruition.

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Andy Argyrakis
Contributing Editor

Andy Argyrakis is a Chicago-based entertainment writer/photographer who appears in the Chicago Tribune, Illinois Entertainer, Daily Journal, Concert Livewire, Hear/Say Magazine and Image Chicago (to name a few). Additional photo credits include Fuse TV, Live Nation, Nikon, Pollstar, Celebrity Access, Paste Magazine, MTV.com and Vibe.com. He’s also the author/narrator of "Access Matthews" (an audio CD tracing the career of Dave Matthews Band) and spends considerable time on tour, including outings with Arlo Guthrie, The Guess Who, Madina Lake (on Linkin Park’s Projekt Revolution) and Gospel Music Channel’s "Gospel Dream" (where he served as season one judge).