The gentle keyboards and electronic percussion that introduce “Goes without Saying” on Anchor & Braille’s The Quiet Life are like a quiet reminder that we’re not in Anberlin anymore. Anchor & Braille is the side project of Anberlin singer Stephen Christian, and The Quiet Life is appropriately filled with quietly beautiful music. The sort of power-pop guitars so prevalent in Anberlin are mostly AWOL throughout The Quiet Life. In fact, the electric guitars that show up during “Kodachrome” are closer to amplified jazz chords, instead. On it, Christian sings, “All you really have is your memories.” Granted, these aren’t the same bad memories Paul Simon sang about on his old ‘70s song of the same name. Nevertheless, there is much truth to the statement, ‘All you really have is your memories.’ And for the most part, Christian has given us many wonderful moments to remember.
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