September 23, 2010 Volume CXXVIII Issue 3

Anberlin receives 4 out of 5

By JONATHAN BALMER
Staff Writer

Anberlin’s album was released Sept 7.

Anberlin’s album,”Dark is a Way, Light is a Place” is their fifth studio album and the second signed to Universal Republic.

For those unaccustomed to Anberlin, it is best described as expressive alt-rock. Frontman Stephen Christian’s voice has a timbre and range that is instantly remarkable and performs exceptionally on this album. Anberlin songs sung by any other singer really wouldn’t be Anberlin. Christian’s range and almost otherworldly voice will either annoy or impress you.

The lyrics wrestle with issues of self, relationships and secrets in a thoughtful way. Alone, lyrics like these may seem like groan-worthy, teenage desperation poetry but in the context of the song, for example the seventh track “Art of War,” inspires belief in the expressed experience. When listening, I felt the need to cross my arms, nod my head and say, “You tell that heartbreaker, Christian!” as I hear, “Words are the greatest in arsenal/or just the latest in your Art of War.” Maybe these lyrics echo Voltaire’s famous quip that “whatever is too stupid to be said is sung.” Nevertheless, it is one of my two top favorite songs on the album.

Similarly, “To the Wolves” would be the perfect “tickedoff- at-the-world” song to ridiculously rock out to in your room. I’ll have to make an “angry” playlist now. Classic Crime’s “The Silver Chord” acted for a while as my angerrelease, then I was introduced to a few great songs by artists such as Rise Against, now Anberlin’s “To the Wolves” is worthy of releasing my frustration as it shouts: “I thought it was me and you against the world/but you left me to the wolves./Who needs enemies when we got friends/Who needs enemies when we got friends like you?” Although “To the Wolves” is nowhere near the best song on the album, I am drawn to its clichéd but relatable chorus.

The song “Depraved” (with the chorus “You’re not a slave, so get off of your knees!”) is the longest song on the album and alongside “Closer”—my other favorite song— compose the album’s darker songs along with “To the Wolves.” Both start quietly, with “Depraved” escalating slowly and “Closer” releasing a in a flurry its remarkably roared chorus (“Closer!/ Closer!/Closer! Are you out there somewhere?/Come where I can see. . . . /Closer to me!”). All of the previously mentioned songs occupy the middle and the end of the album. What does the beginning have in store?

Anberlin formed in Winter Haven, Fla, in 2002.

The album opens with the extremely catchy “We Owe This to Ourselves.” It builds to a grandiose peak as it eases into the rest of the album. “Impossible,” the first single from the album, is a nicely layered mix of synth, guitar, vocals and bass. The atmosphere is nice but doesn’t have that striking, epic feel of “Closer” or a few other songs. Still, it is always a good sign when the first released single isn’t the only good song on the album. In fact, the album as a whole is a solid effort. Like their fourth album “New Surrender,” there are no songs I dislike. Perhaps someone doesn’t hate Anberlin songs alone—if someone dislikes Anberlin it is likely because they just don’t enjoy their style of music as a whole.

The risks taken are admirable and make each song its own rather than a puddle of ten homogeneous pieces. The song “Pray Tell” opens with unmistakable stomping percussion while “You Belong Here” opens with a mix of synth, guitar and keyboard contrasting happily with the “rage songs” as a feel-good love song. Lord Byron said, “Here’s a smile for those who love me, and a sigh for those who hate; And whatever sky’s above me, here’s a heart for every fate.” Through this album, Anberlin says much the same thing but changes the words “smile” to “sigh” and “heart” to “song.” The album brings something for every attitude.

“Light is a Way, Dark is a Place” is another solid effort among alt-rock groups in the modern day. One should not need to look much farther than Anberlin for quality music. Most tracks are available online; I would highly recommend taking a listen. Consistent quality is to be admired, and Anberlin provides it.


Short film to be shot on campus next semester

By JACKIE GONDA
Staff Writer

Many interests can be contained inside one person. In a whole student body, there can be thousands. Whatever your interests may be, there is a place for you in the Theatre Department’s upcoming short-film. If you are the type of person who enjoys being the center of attention and would like to try your hand at acting, this is the opportunity for you. The department not only needs actors and extras, it also needs photographers to take stills of the film, graphic artists to create the posters, videographers to film, fashion gurus to create the wardrobe and make-up artists to make everyone look great. In addition to these, there are many more positions that need to be filled: assistant directors, editors, web designers, writers, ministry students and even people who are familiar with Christian music.

The short film, “His Hands on Earth,” will be a faith based film about a freshman girl coming to a small college and trying to find her place in the world. There will be drama, love interests and even physical confrontation. Dr. Ed Smith says that the purpose of the film is multi-faceted. “It is for entertainment and to show that one can find help in Georgetown and in God.” His wife, Mrs. Betsy Smith, is the primary screen writer. She is also a freelance writer, performer, and a Georgetown alumna. The film will run about 35 minutes, but do not be fooled; shooting will begin at the start of the spring semester, and if everything runs smoothly, it will be finished around fall. The film will be made into a DVD, shown at Georgetown for the premier, and then be released to the public. It will also be entered in many film festivals—ones focused on faithbased films as well as festivals for a general audience.

If you did not attend the informational meeting Wednesday and are interested in acting for the film, you can still audition. The auditions are not strictly for people wishing to become actors and are not only for people who attended the meeting. Auditions will take place on Wed., Sept 29 from 4-7 p.m. and on Thurs., Sept 30 from 6-8 p.m. in the Ruth Wilson Lab Theatre. All ages are welcome to come out, students and faculty alike. No experience is necessary; there will be hired professionals on set at all times and they will help you broaden your experience in your areas of interest. This film would be a great way to get in your 35 minutes of fame.


Give the “Devil” his due

By CHRISTINA COLEMAN
Staff Writer

M. Night Shyamalan’s “Devil” is rated PG-13.

I will admit, I am a sucker for movies full of “boo” moments, gory killings and mind twists. So, when I saw the trailer for “Devil,” I was immediately psyched to see it. In the trailer, a group of people are shown trapped in an elevator, submerged in darkness and fearing for their lives. We were also shown a character striking a match as the frightening face of a bandaged man appeared in the background. Unfortunately, this was the only flash of the bandaged man shown in the entire movie. But luckily, this movie has more to offer than just pop out moments of terror. It was a movie about good vs. evil and a verse from the Bible coming to life in frightening aspects. It was a movie that left you thinking long after you left the theater.

The movie begins with a narrator reciting a Bible verse his mother always used to tell him. Quoting from 1 Peter: 5-8, the start of the film says: “Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” This is the basis of the movie and gives the viewer a sense of what they are about to watch. The devil is provoked by a suicide, and he then finds a group of people who are prone to evil. The devil then plans to torment them and condemn them to eternal damnation. Through a series of events, a random group of people are eventually brought together in an elevator as sinners. As a result panic, dread and fear envelops the passengers on the elevator as they fight for their lives.

M. Night Shyamalan is responsible for the story behind this thriller. If you have ever watched anything of Shyamalan’s, chances are you were left going “Wow, what a great movie!” or “Huh? What was that even about?” I think he is, most of the time, a brilliant writer and director, and with this storyline he made me applaud his brilliance once again. Movies that have a good twist (can anyone say “Sixth Sense”?) are always something that a lot of people enjoy. “Devil” was full of ‘whodunits’ and a shocking storyline, including an awesome twist that left the theater gasping.

Despite being full of unknown actors, the characters were played to their full potential. You had the liar, the thief, the mysterious one, the one with a checkered past, and a creeper all being forced to share the same elevator. By the middle of the movie they are all accusing each other for the strange happenings going on in the elevator. At first it is small injuries that no one can explain, but one by one they slowly begin to die in gruesome waysbut only when the lights go off. As the lights come back on to reveal the murders, the characters are all left trusting no one and having to watch their backs. It turns into a thrilling game of cat and mouse and the viewer is left to speculate who is to blame for the kills.

I did regret the trailer being a bit misleading with the whole horror theme since the only flash of the disturbing figure we see was in the preview. However, there is a scene in the movie that does evoke fear in viewers and brought the hairs up on the back of my neck. It is part of the twist and I am pretty sure the entire audience was shocked. The devil comes in many forms and this one was definitely not expected. This is where Shyamalan’s good storytelling comes into play as he creates a spine-tingling villain who should not disappoint horror fans. Regardless of the fact that this film is tagged as a horror flick, it had moments of depth where you were left thinking about the logistics of the story line. It made you question faith and how some people perceive it. There were ways that the characters were connected that were shocking when you found out. There were also many ways to comprehend the ending, and I found myself arguing with my fellow viewers. There was a reason all the people in the movie were present on that day and it is worth the watch to find out why. Do not expect too much of a horror flick, but do get caught up in the twists and turns of “Devil.”


New art exhibit celebrates World Equestrian Games

By CORTNEY THORN
Staff Writer

With all of the commotion of the World Equestrian Games happening, not just the horse world has been involved. New hotels have been built, restaurants have expanded and, surprisingly enough, even the art world has been preparing. With thousands of people from all over the world descending upon Lexington, Ky., every gallery and museum around is doing their best to prepare, with shows full of horse-related sculpture, painting, photographs and mixed media works. The Anne Wright Wilson Art Gallery at Georgetown College is no exception. The current show, “Portrait of a Horse–The Exquisite Equine,” showcases work from many local equine artists. This show holds a large variety of media and a large variety of equine imagery.

However, this show is not something that has come together easily. Gallery director Laura Stewart has been working on putting this exhibition together since joining the Georgetown College staff back in May. The final product shows the amazing amount of organization and planning that has gone into the show. The bronze sculptures are placed among photographs and paintings, and as one walks around the show the mixture is seamless. Not only has Stewart taken it upon herself to do something that every other gallery has sought to do during this time, she has also succeeded.

One of the most popular works from this exhibition has been the lifesize bronze foal, called “Promise,” by artist Gwen Reardon. Also on display by the artist are many smaller bronze sculptures as well as an 8-by-10-foot painting that she has been working on since 1982.

A name more students might recognize is Georgetown artist John S. Hockensmith, whose photographs of horses are well known. The works showcased in this exhibition are from his series on the Spanish Mustang. Another photographer included in the show is Sarah Hoskins, who looks at details from the horse world. Her work involves showing small things such as leg wraps and medicines.

Artist Brad Connell offers still more quality artwork. His work, called “Rear,” is a more conceptual piece. An abstract sculpture of the rearing horse, the piece draws something into the gallery space, something that is different and breaks from the norm of typical equine art. It makes the viewer think, circle the work and look at it from multiple angles.

All of the works for the exhibition will be on show through Sept. 30, and everyone is welcome to join the art department for a closing reception on that day from 5-7 p.m., including a talk with artist Hoskins at 5:30 p.m.

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