Blueprints for the Black Market

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Blueprints for the Black Market
Studio album by Anberlin
Released May 6, 2003
Studio The New Compound Studios, Seattle, Washington
Genre Alternative rock, emo
Length 37:51
Label Tooth & Nail
Producer Aaron Sprinkle
Anberlin chronology
Blueprints for the Black Market
Never Take Friendship Personal
Singles from Blueprints for the Black Market
  1. "Readyfuels"
    Released: 2003
  2. "Change the World (Lost Ones)"
    Released: 2003

Blueprints for the Black Market is the first album released by the band Anberlin. It was released on May 6, 2003,[1] barely a year after the band formed, and was the only album that was released with guitarist Joey Bruce in the band line-up. Blueprints had two singles, "Readyfuels", for which a music video was filmed and "Change the World (Lost Ones)".[2] Although the album has sold over 60,000 units,[3] its success pales compared to Anberlin's later albums, failing to chart on the Billboard 200.

Music style[edit]

The music has been referred to as Emo sounding.[1][4]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]
CCM Magazine B-[4]
Christianity Today 3/5 stars[5]
Cross Rhythms 10/10 squares[6]
Jesus Freak Hideout 4.5/5 stars[7]
Melodic 3/5 stars[8]
The Phantom Tollbooth 4/5 stars[9]

Blueprints for the Black Market garnered generally positive reception from Music critics. At CCM Magazine, Brian Quincy Newcomb graded the album a B-, stating how the release "rocks assuredly, benefiting from the dynamic production of Aaron Sprinkle".[4] Johnny Loftus rated it two stars, writing how the album "lack[s] any definition" and this makes the release "an utterly pleasant bore."[1] At Christianity Today, Russ Breimeier rated it three stars, saying that the album "sounds absolutely terrific."[5] Tony Cummings of Cross Rhythms rated it a perfect ten squares, calling this "something special" that will be "A must for every rock buff."[6] At Jesus Freak Hideout, Matt Gray rated it four-and-a-half stars, proclaiming this to be a "glorious debut".[7] Bert Gangl of The Phantom Tollbooth rated it four stars, noting that the band "succeeds magnificently [...] crafting a work of sweeping, melodic, emotional, hook-laden beauty."[9] At Melodic, Pär Winberg rated the album three stars, remarking that it is an "Impressive debut."[8]

Track listing[edit]

  • All songs written and composed by Anberlin except where noted.
  1. "Readyfuels" – 3:53
  2. "Foreign Language" – 2:49
  3. "Change the World (Lost Ones)" – 3:59
  4. "Cold War Transmissions" – 3:12
  5. "Glass to the Arson" – 3:29
  6. "The Undeveloped Story" – 3:27
  7. "Autobahn" – 3:25
  8. "We Dreamt in Heist" – 3:17
  9. "Love Song" (W. Bransby, S. Gallup, R. O'Donnell, R. Smith, P. Thompson, and L. Tolhurst) – 3:05 (The Cure cover)
  10. "Cadence" – 3:17
  11. "Naïve Orleans" – 4:08



  • Stephen Christian – lead vocals, keyboards
  • Joseph Milligan – lead guitar, vocals
  • Joey Bruce – rhythm guitar
  • Deon Rexroat – bass guitar
  • Nathan Young – drums, percussion


  • Aaron Sprinkle – production, engineering, mixing
  • J. R. McNeely – mixing
  • Troy Glessner – mastering
  • Michael Christian McCaddon – art direction, photography, design
  • David Johnson – band photography
  • Brandon Ebel – executive producer


  1. ^ a b c d Johnny Loftus (May 6, 2003). "Blueprints for the Black Market - Anberlin | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved May 27, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Anberlin - Change the World (CD) at Discogs". Retrieved January 16, 2012. 
  3. ^ SputnikMusic -- Anberlin Never Take Friendship Personal
  4. ^ a b c Quincy Newcomb, Brian (June 1, 2003). "Anberlin: Blueprints for the Black Market (Tooth & Nail)" (PDF). CCM Magazine. p. 43. Retrieved January 18, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b Breimeier, Russ (May 6, 2003). "Anberlin: Blueprints for the Black Market". Christianity Today. Archived from the original on September 3, 2009. Retrieved January 18, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b Cummings, Tony (November 1, 2003). "Review: Blueprints For The Black Market - Anberlin". Cross Rhythms. Retrieved January 18, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b Gray, Matt (May 7, 2003). "Anberlin, "Blueprints For The Black Market" Review". Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved January 18, 2014. 
  8. ^ a b Winberg, Pär (2003). "Anberlin - Blueprints for the Black Market". Melodic. Retrieved May 29, 2014. 
  9. ^ a b Gangl, Bert (April 21, 2003). "Anberlin - Blueprints for the Black Market". The Phantom Tollbooth. Retrieved January 18, 2014. 

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