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Sometimes the best way to deal with a break-up is to write a batch of great songs about it, turn up the amplifiers and just rock out.

Think of enduring classics – from Liz Phair’s Exile In Guyville to Nine Inch Nails’ Pretty Hate Machine to Beck’s Sea Change – and how they achieved musical catharsis from the crumbling walls and crossbeams of a relationship ... Read more in Amazon's Relient K Store

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  • Audio CD (March 6, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B000MX7SR8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,402 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Pleading The Fifth (A Cappella)
2. Come Right Out And Say It
3. I Need You
4. The Best Thing
5. Forgiven
6. Must Have Done Something Right
7. Give Until There's Nothing Left
8. Devastation And Reform
9. I'm Taking You With Me
10. Faking My Own Suicide
11. Crayons Can Melt On Us For All I Care
12. Bite My Tongue
13. Up And Up
14. Deathbed

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Relient K's fifth CD is a diverse modern rock album that's so varied at times it sounds like a mix tape. "Take the Fifth" pulses with lush, Beach Boys-y harmonies, "Forgiven" is a piano-driven tune that sounds like early U2, and the dueling guitar feedback that opens "I Need You" displays deeper punk rock heaviosity. "Faking My Own Suicide"--a great tune powered by Death Cabby vocals, ironic yet playful lyrics, and a killer classic rock organ--seems destined for a movie soundtrack. The true standout is of course "Deathbed," an intense eleven minute ode to regret co-starring Jon Foreman of Switchfoot. Relient K have not only weathered lineup changes (the bassist and guitarist are new here) and mainstream success without "selling out" and foregoing their introspective messages of faith and hope. But they've made the best album in their career in the process. --Mike McGonigal

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The album is a departure of sorts for the pop-punk band. For starters, there are some love songs - happy ones. "I always write about what I'm going through and I can't avoid the fact that I'm just really happy and there are some good things going on," says lead singer/guitarist/pianist Matt Thiessen. This happy state of mind lights up the exuberant first single 'Must Have Done Something Right'. "This song represents something that I've wanted to create for a long time," he explains. "It's not a political commentary or a tear jerking emotion-piece, it's just a feel good, fun song. Written at 3 a.m. with a smirk on my face, the song turned out to be something that you can tap your foot and smile to."

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I Would Have To Say This Is There Best One Yet And My Personal Favorite.
Katrina Coryell
Songs like The Best Thing, Must Have Done Something Right, Faking My Own Suicide have a classic Relient K sound with a more "mature/modern" quality.
Peter Haddox
The introduction reminds me of a song the Beach Boys would do, with great harmonies overlaying Thiessen's incredible vocals.
Jeremy Bustin

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By J. R. Morales on March 1, 2007
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Relient K has managed to something that rarely we see a band do in their fifth release: top their previous four releases while maintaining that familiar sound that defined Relient K as a gigantic, monstrous musical force to be reckoned with. Light and poppy, but deep and dark, Relient K takes us through the everyman's daily struggle with both, his human and spiritual self. Loaded with the witty lyrics that Relient K is so famous for, "Five Score & Seven Years Ago" is, undeniably, a gem.

"There's a lot more variety in terms of the music[:] it has a broader scope and it's much more diverse," said the band when I asked them about their latest release. "It has more instruments and more vocals." Right they are. With the addition of John Warne (bass) and Jon Schneck (guitars, banjo, mandolin, etc), Relient K now has five (that's right - five) singing voices. The result? A richer, fuller melodic structure that accents in just the right places in every song - most notably in their first single "Must Have Done Something Right" and their album-ending, 11-minute musical and lyrical masterpiece: "Deathbed" (which features the voice of Switchfoot's Jon Foreman as "Jesus"). Musically, the sound is as tight as ever: the progressions, the riffy guitars, the injective drumming - all mixed with excellence (the production, by the way, is phenomenal). One thing that one notices rather quickly is the appearance of the piano in more songs. A welcomed addition, since it truly makes the sound deeper and fuller.

Lyrically, their humor is, as always, evident on some songs, but there are a few darker humored songs that kind of pick up where "Who I am Hates Who I've Been" (from their album "MmHmm") left us.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A. Duluc on March 8, 2007
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I admit I was a little doubtful they were going to make an album as good as mmhmm, and also this was my most expected album of the year. so expectations were pretty high, but they've vanished any of my doubts since I can say this is they're best album yet.

Songs like "The Best thing", "Come Right Out and Say It", "Forgiven" and "Bite My Tongue" will stick to your head for a long time. the biggest surprise for me was "Deathbed". I've always liked punk-rock-short-songs and I was far from imagining I was going to enjoy an 11-minutes song this much.

The only part that felt a little out of place was "I Need You" because they sound too much like Anberlin (at least to me). But it is a great song nonetheless.

Buy this album and enjoy an excellent band at their best. I did.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By David S. Ragsdale on March 7, 2007
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I had been heavily anticipating Relient K's new album for about two weeks, ever since I had decided on a whim to rip my friend's copy of Mmhm. Well it being my Spring Break and all, I woke up at 11 yesterday and immediately zipped to Best Buy to buy Five Score...

Being a new fan, I hadn't really had the opportunity to listen to a lot of their older stuff, save for Two Lefts Don't Make A Right and SOME of Tongue in Cheek...but you can really hear their musical progression from one album to the next. Matt Thiessen's songwriting has always been Grade A, but with the previous three releases he's taken it to an entirely different level. Mmhm IS the true Relient K sound...with songs like When I Go Down, Be My Escape, Life After Death and Taxes, Who I Am Hates Who I've Been...

But now we have Five Score and the band has once again taken their sound to another level.

From the opening Beatles/Beach Boys-esque harmonies of "Plead the Fifth", and then on to the rocking "Come Right Out and Say It" and "I Need You," it's apparent immediately that the band has raised their game. It's still Relient K, but it's Relient K more refined and focused than they've ever been. Everything is in perfect balance.

We then have "The Best Thing," which is the first of a few songs about the newfound love of his life. As with many songs on the cd, is has a great piano riff throughout as well as a ridiculously catchy chorus.

"Forgiven" is my personal favorite song on the cd. Again, a very nice piano riff underneath a frantic strumming guitar, followed by a chorus that just swells...."We're all guilty of the same things, we think the thoughts whether or not we see them through, and I know that I have been forgiven...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Peter Haddox on March 16, 2007
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I am not that huge a fan of Relient K. I really liked many of the songs on MMHMM. What I like about them is their ability to transition the sound many times within 1 song with key changes and change of tempo, etc. THIS album however blew me away. This was one of the first albums ever that I listened to it the whole way through without thinking, "when will this song be done" or even skipping a song halfway through. The opener is a great one. A random A Cappella doo-wop that just plain sounds cool and is not what I expected for a starter. Songs like The Best Thing, Must Have Done Something Right, Faking My Own Suicide have a classic Relient K sound with a more "mature/modern" quality. So they gave us great love songs. They also gave us a song like Forgiven saying that we have all made mistakes, but there is forgiveness. Lastly, the "ear" opener on the whole album was Deathbed. Simply INCREDIBLE. This is Matt Thiessen's song writing ability at its best. He arranged for a host of instruments, change in tempo many times, and allowed Switchfoot's Jon Foreman to sing as a guest. Great song and overall great album. I was very impressed.
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take all of this pop and emo and art and nerd crap off of the punk rock...
I'm sorry to tell you, but punk rock is no longer what it was when the Ramones toured great Britain. Relient K has, for many of its songs, borrowed punk elements. They themselves acknowledge that they don't belong to any hard and fast genre. And in this day and age, where Rock can mean so many... Read More
May 9, 2007 by G. Gawne |  See all 5 posts
if you love to cry yourself to sleep at night and complain over nothing...
You sound like an angry 12 year old when you speak.
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