Never Take Friendship Personal

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Never Take Friendship Personal
Studio album by Anberlin
Released February 1, 2005
Recorded The Compound, Seattle, Washington (2005)
Genre Alternative rock, emo[1]
Length 39:29
Label Tooth & Nail
Producer Aaron Sprinkle
Anberlin chronology
Blueprints for the Black Market
(2003)Blueprints for the Black Market2003
Never Take Friendship Personal
Godspeed EP
(2006)Godspeed EP2006
Singles from Never Take Friendship Personal
  1. "A Day Late"
    Released: 2005
  2. "Paperthin Hymn"
    Released: January 10, 2006

Never Take Friendship Personal is the second album by alternative rock band Anberlin, released on February 1, 2005 on Tooth & Nail Records.[2] This album was chosen as one of's Top 100 Editor's Picks of 2005.[citation needed] Its singles were "A Day Late" and "Paperthin Hymn" and music videos have been made of each. "(The Symphony of) Blasé" is sometimes referred to as "Amsterdam". The album's name is inspired by when the band chose to remove guitarist Joey Bruce.

The song "Dance, Dance Christa Päffgen" was inspired by multi-talented artist Nico, whose given name was Christa Päffgen. The song references her struggle with drugs and unrelated death.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AbsolutePunk 88%[3]
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
CCM Magazine B-[4]
Christianity Today 4/5 stars[5]
Cross Rhythms 8/10 squares[6]
Jesus Freak Hideout 4/5 stars[7]
Melodic 4/5 stars[8] 4/5 stars[9]

Never Take Friendship Personal garnered exceedingly positive reception from Music critics. Johan Wippsson of Melodic rated the album four stars, remarking how this "is a fantastic album and a great follow up, even better than their great debut." At Christianity Today, Andy Argyrakis rated the album four stars, highlighting how the album is "for those seeking an artfully made and engagingly played project, just not ideal for those looking for faith based edification" on which the music has "sophisticated alternative sonics, ample hooks and sweeping melodies."[5] Rick Anderson of Allmusic rated the album four stars, affirming that it is "Very highly recommended overall."[2] At Cross Rhythms, Tony Cummings rated the album eight squares out of ten, proclaiming that "Seldom has art rock worn such an accessible sheen."[6] Scott Weber of AbsolutePunk rated the album an eighty-eight-percent, stating that the band has the "ability to construct such beautiful songs with euphoric vocals."[3] At Jesus Freak Hideout, John DiBiase rated the album four stars, calling it a "solid sophomore effort from these experts of catchy, hooky alternative rock."[7]'s Anchors rated the album four stars, noting the album as "one hell of a guilty pleasure."[9] At CCM Magazine, Louis R. Carlozo graded the album a B-, cautioning that "while its individual songs (and sing-along hooks) often satisfy, fails to transcend a formulaic plateau."[4]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Stephen Christian and Joseph Milligan.

No. Title Length
1. "Never Take Friendship Personal" (featuring Ryan Clark of Demon Hunter) 3:31
2. "Paperthin Hymn" 3:15
3. "Stationary Stationery" (featuring Seth Roberts of Watashi Wa and Lakes) 2:58
4. "(The Symphony of) Blasé" 4:21
5. "A Day Late" 3:34
6. "The Runaways" (featuring Phil Sneed of Greek Fire and Story of the Year) 3:21
7. "Time & Confusion" 3:23
8. "The Feel Good Drag" 3:25
9. "Audrey, Start the Revolution!" 3:23
10. "A Heavy Hearted Work of Staggering Genius" 1:12
11. "Dance, Dance Christa Päffgen" (featuring Mike Weiss of mewithoutYou) 7:06
12. "New Fast Automatic" (B-side - Bonus Track) 3:28



  1. ^ Spagnolo, Angelo (November 15, 2015). "17 Albums That Prove 2005 Was Actually The Golden Era Of Emo". BuzzFeed. Retrieved July 1, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c Anderson, Rick (February 1, 2005). "Never Take Friendship Personal - Anberlin". Allmusic. Retrieved January 18, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Weber, Scott (November 21, 2005). "Anberlin - Never Take Friendship Personal". AbsolutePunk. Retrieved January 18, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Carlozo, Louis R. (June 1, 2005). "Anberlin: Never Take Friendship Personal (Tooth & Nail)" (PDF). CCM Magazine. p. 43. Retrieved January 18, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b Argyrakis, Andy (February 1, 2005). "Anberlin: Never Take Friendship Personal". Christianity Today. Archived from the original on September 7, 2009. Retrieved January 18, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b Cummings, Tony (July 11, 2005). "Review: Never Take Friendship Personal - Anberlin". Cross Rhythms. Retrieved January 18, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b DiBiase, John (January 30, 2005). "Anberlin, "Never Take Friendship Personal" Review". Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved January 18, 2014. 
  8. ^ Wippsson, Johan (2005). "Anberlin - Never Take Friendship Personal". Melodic. Retrieved May 29, 2014. 
  9. ^ a b Anchors (April 1, 2005). "Anberlin - Never Take Friendship Personal". Retrieved January 18, 2014. 

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