With "Vital", my introduction to Anberlin, I became a fan and have been exploring their back category. So I'm a little late to the show, especially as this year is going to see their final album. But every great band needs to have an album like "Lost Songs" once they've been around for awhile, a compilation of covers, b-sides, and alternate takes (acoustic or otherwise). The one thing that Anberlin is still missing is a solid covers album but who knows? Maybe we'll get that on a future extended release of "Lowborn" (if their extended and additional releases of "Vital" are any indication)? But what of "Lost Songs"? There's plenty of variety on it, to be sure.
You get (not in order) a Christmas cover! "Baby Please Come Home"
You get covers! Bob Dylan's "Like A Rolling Stone" and Depeche Mode's "Enjoy the Silence" and The Smith's "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out" and When In Rome's "The Promise" and Radiohead's "Creep"
You get B-sides! the tremendous and excellent "The Haunting" and "Uncanny" from circa "Cities"; "A Day Late" and "Downtown Song" from circa "Never Take Friendship Personal"
You get acoustic versions! The phenomenal "Dismantle. Repair." and "Naïve Orleans"
You get session songs from AOL sessions! The superb "The Unwinding Cable Car" and "Inevitable"
You get demos! "Ready Fuels" and "Driving (Autobahn)" and "Everywhere In Between" and "Glass To the Arson"
And you get a song that Christian plays with his side project, Anchor and Braille, but picked up by Anberlin! "Cadence".
Most of the above songs have crossovers into other categories (many of them are from the AOL sessions, many of them are acoustic) but all of them are worthy additions and make this album worth picking up for especially the fan but also the interested individual.