Arrows & Anchors

Metascore
64

Generally favorable reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
Buy On
  1. Jul 26, 2011
    90
    Arrows and Anchors is a masterpiece. It takes the wonder of El Cielo, mixes it with the heavy prog of Tool, and goes all [insert Mike Patton project here] in its weirdness.
  2. Jul 26, 2011
    80
    Its hidden nuances become more apparent with each listen, and it's this replay value that is Fair to Midland's greatest strength.
  3. Jul 26, 2011
    80
    The beauty of their sound is its unpredictability: fragments of rock, metal, folk, punk and pop collide and smash, creating Frankenstein monsters that spark into life and chase you down. And they've never sounded more convincing than this.
  4. Jul 26, 2011
    70
    This restless Texas prog-metal outfit, best known as the former protégés of Serj Tankian (and the best Tool-aping act since Chevelle), have yet to make an epic game-changer of an album, but Arrows & Anchors, their fourth, comes close.
  5. Jul 26, 2011
    70
    For all the musical adventure and the growth it reflects, Arrows & Anchors is Fair to Midland's finest effort to date.
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Jun 15, 2014
    10
    I agree with others in that this band is a mix of everything, and leaves you guessing as to what exactly each song is about. They do NOT getI agree with others in that this band is a mix of everything, and leaves you guessing as to what exactly each song is about. They do NOT get enough recognition, and myself, being mostly a rap fan, heard this group and was INSTANTLY drawn to them and literally addicted. I think Fables From a Mayfly is probably the best, but Arrows and Anchors has the same sound, and the same 'leave you guessing what the song is about' feeling. I love them. I also have their CD " inter.funda.stifle", which has many of the same songs as Fables, but different versions. They just progressively get better. It's just such a mix, that it's hard to fit into one genre. If you like metal, progressive metal, rock, alternative, or all, then PLEASE give them a try....as I promise you will not be disappointed. They absolutely are great in all ways, creatively, and Darroh Sudderth has a voice to be reckoned with. There just isn't one like it. He has so many pitches, throat singing, and it's almost like it's three different vocalists in one. Highly recommend this CD. All of them!!! If you can find Inter.funda.stifle, it's extremely rare and very hard to get. I think it lists on Amazon for nearly $400, however, you can go to their website and get it for $25, and the last I checked, there were three copies left available. Mainly because they are self-produced, independently, and not well known. Full Review »
  2. Soy
    Aug 12, 2011
    9
    It's not as good beginning to end as Fables From a Mayfly, but it's still an album of the year contender in my book. Unique band that doesn'tIt's not as good beginning to end as Fables From a Mayfly, but it's still an album of the year contender in my book. Unique band that doesn't get nearly enough recognition. Full Review »