The Words You Don’t Want to Swallow, Anarbor’s first soirée into full length release territory, is an album unabashed in its approach, a collection of songs so densely packed with a near unmatched youthful exuberance. It’s hard not to notice, listen up, and pay attention to what these boys have to say.
The Words You Don’t Want to Swallow sounds as if the band is playing with a chip on their shoulder. Sure, some credit can be afforded to producer Mike Green (Paramore, Set Your Goals) for the band’s sharpened sound and crisp, snappish production, but at the end of the day, the band is jamming these tunes, not Green, so let’s give credit where credit is due. The band has also stepped their game up considerably in terms of songwriting this time around, as the songs on the Words You Don’t Want to Swallow are the best the band’s put to wax as of yet, ranging from the usual garden variety mix about breakups and women, to living it up in excess and living life to the fullest.
The band had a lot to build on following their well-received prior EP release Free Your Mind, and this record proves that Anarbor had nowhere to go but up, something that remains true following The Words You Don’t Want to Swallow. Judging by these songs, the sky might just be the limit for the Phoenix products.