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After four years since their last full-length studio album, GRAMMY®-nominated Relient K returns with their seventh LP project, Collapsible Lung, on July 2 (Mono Vs. Stereo). Relient K is a band that writes from personal experiences and this has paid off with over two million records sold, three RIAA Gold-certified albums and a highly dedicated fanbase. As a prolific songwriter, Relient K's frontman, Matt Thiessen, has paved a road with pop hits over the last four years including co-writing Owl City s 2012 summer hit "Good Time," Kelly Clarkson s Long Shot" and the award-winning "When Can I See You Again" from the animated film Wreck-It Ralph. Like previous efforts, Collapsible Lung also stems from the band's personal experiences; however, this time around they chose to mix-it up and co-write for the first time ever on a Relient K album. This time around, we wanted to have a collection of songs that surprised even us," states frontman Matt Thiessen. To do that, we teamed up with several other writers in LA, Nashville, and New York City. This ensured that the new LP would be unpredictable. Each song includes a different combination of authors, yet there is an underlying thread that ties the tunes together thematically. We took an experimental approach creating the album, and we couldn't be more pleased with the result."

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  • Audio CD (July 23, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
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214 of 230 people found the following review helpful By Stephen C. Shutters on July 8, 2013
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I am by no means one to be considered “qualified" for the writing of any sort of review; I am just a normal person—a kid between high school and college. However, I have been listening to Relient K faithfully since the very beginning, when the only title they could think of for their first full-length album was simply their own band’s moniker. So the fact that I have been listening to Matt and Matt’s music since I began to learn to write my name is enough to allow me to merely explain my thoughts behind their newly-released album Collapsible Lung. Also, before I begin, I would like to make clear that to call any music other than that which you create yourself “bad," “awful," or any other term of the sort is extremely bigoted; music is an art, and if one accomplishes what he or she has envisioned in their music—no matter what others may think—they have achieved success and have created something good. Others are allowed, of course, not to like it, but that does not make it bad. With this in mind, whether or not I, you, or others like Relient K’s newest album, if the band members themselves like it and have accomplished with it what they sought to accomplish, it is a good and complete work of art.

I had looked forward expectantly to a new original album from Relient K ever since their incredibly beautiful, heartfelt Forget and Not Slow Down, which was released in 2009. When I saw a Facebook post from Matthew Hoopes one day in 2013 speaking of a new album entitled Collapsible Lung, I was overly excited; I was excpecting another incredibly beautiful, heartfelt album—a Forget and Not Slow Down: Part II of sorts.

After listening to the new album yesterday, I was sorely disappointed and quite distraught. This isn’t Relient K, I thought.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By K. Miller on July 23, 2013
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As a long time RK fan, I can say I was a bit apprehensive about first of all whether this album was going to make it to market, and second of all how it was going to sound. Those of you who follow the band closely already know that the band has undergone some changes, Ethan, John, and Jon leaving (permanent versus temporary? no one seems to be saying for sure). In the midst of this the album was delayed and then leaks of it a few weeks to months ago were all saying it was a different sound for them, more 'poppy' was the main consensus. On some forums like absolute punk dot net there were whole ranting multi-page discussions about the band and the album. There was some angst, to say it mildly.

I have tried to maintain an open mind, my main concern was whether the band was going to break up or continue. I have had the awesome privilege of seeing them live many times, and the last few times I have taken my kids and they have loved it. We got to meet the guys a couple of times and take pictures with them.

My first listen or two through the album was interesting. Part of me felt 'oh em gee, now I know what people were talking about' Part of me liked some of the more vintage sounding stuff and felt like it vindicated the album as a whole. Part of me was also disappointed in the apparent turn of the lyrics to a more partying sexual lifestyle glorification. Not zealous enough to stomp my feet and pout and feel 'betrayed', because Matty T. usually has a purpose to most everything he has done so far. And honestly, I am not 100% along with many fans who say that FANSD was their peak as a band, I think lyrically it is very good, but I didn't get that excited with the musical sound on that album. It actually gets the least playing time of all my RK albums.
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52 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Cole on July 2, 2013
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Nearly four years after their flawless album Forget and Not Slow Down, Relient K are back with Collapsible Lung. Has the wait been justified? Well, sort of. There are a handful of tracks that are genuinely good, but the others range from sort-of decent to annoyingly bland. Let's go track by track:

1. "Don't Blink" - One of the better songs on the record. It's decidedly more poppy than anything else they've done, but does a good job of retaining their "classic" sound.

2. "Boomerang" - A slight descent in quality here. The song really doesn't sound anything like Relient K, lyrically or musically. It's still enjoyable, if a little mindless.

3. "Lost Boy" - And now we've reached the downhill point. The songs from here on out are mostly forgettable and way too poppy for my taste. This song isn't terrible by a long shot, but this is such a departure from the band's usual sound that it's a bit jarring.

4. "If I Could Take You Home" - This song is actually fairly interesting. Synth-laden and processed, for sure, but the result isn't bad. The lyrics are what may turn long-time RK fans off, though; "I'm nothing special/But if I could take you home/I'd be all that you need." This is the first time Thiessen has sung of sex in a casual and almost egotistical way.

5. "Can't Complain" - Eurgh. Jason Mraz rip-off. Skip it.

6. "Gloria" - An okay, if somewhat discordant track. It's fun, though, and I could see it getting radio play.

7. "PTL" - The second worst track on the record, next to "Can't Complain." Thiessen's falsetto in the chorus ruins an otherwise enjoyable verse.

8. "Disaster" - Tied for my favorite. This is classic Relient K, sounding like a left-over from The Bird and The Bee Sides.
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