Anberlin, "Impossible"

82 Billboard Rating

From the first note that ripples through "Impossible," Anberlin hooks the listener with the warm-up single from its new album, "Dark Is the Way, Light Is a Place" (Sept. 21). While all of the band's signature flourishes-poignant lyrics propelled by intense drumbeats and multilayered, roaring guitars-are on lock, its talent for exhilarating melodies keeps the formula fresh. That's why "Impossible" sounds so ebullient, even when frontman Stephen Christian chastises a lover whose emotional indifference has shattered his heart to the point of numbness. (A point well-illustrated in the track's stylish video, in which a woman slumps comatose in a chair as her man brutally crashes to the floor next to her.) "Make my teeth clench and my hands shake/Do you ever see what you do to me?" Christian asks before howling his defeat: "Take what you want from me/It means nothing now." As it earns the Hot Shot Debut on Billboard's Rock Songs chart and scales Alternative Songs, "Impossible" just might break the barrier between Anberlin and wider mainstream stardom.