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Forget And Not Slow Down (Amazon Exclusive Version)

October 5, 2009

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: October 5, 2009
  • Release Date: October 5, 2009
  • Label: Jive
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  • Total Length: 45:39
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  • ASIN: B002QFEZ30
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,838 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

Overall, though, this is one of the best albums I've ever heard.
A. Woods
The music is fun and diverse while maintaining continuity and sticking to Relient K's signature style, and the lyrics are very insightful and thoughtful.
Randall C. Oltman
I would recommend everyone who likes music to get this album, because its great and you'll want to listen to it over and over again.
Kara Collett

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63 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas Le on October 9, 2009
Format: Audio CD
The easiest way to say this is that Forget and Not Slow Down is essentially a break up album. For those of you who heard their less than perfect previous outing, Five Score and Seven Years Ago, the band took a complete one-eighty after recording a record that was essentially about being in love (i.e. "I always knew I'd find someone. I never dreamt it'd be like this, cause you've surpassed all that I'd hoped for and ever wished"). And it's common knowledge amongst the group's core fans that frontman Matt Thiessen went through a break-up with his ex-fiance before writing began; thus, it had a lot of impact on the new record. It's a sad record, it will make you think, it may even make you cry, but relient K shows that there is still hope and that moving on is possible. Relient K has always been known for their fun pop punk sound mixed with Thiessen's witty lyrics. But instead of a pop punk album, Relient K crafted a solid rock album chock full of their pop-minded hooks. Keep in mind this is also their first full-length without longtime drummer/vocalist, Dave Douglas; though last summer's The Nashville Tennis - EP is their first release without Douglas and first with new drummer Ethan Luck (Check out his old bands The O.C. Supertones and Demon Hunter for those not in tune...Heck, check out John Warne's Ace Troubleshooter while you're at it). Adding to the list of firsts, it is the band's first release on Gotee imprint, Mono vs. Stereo with distribution being handled by the folks at Jive (Relient K and Backstreet Boys are on the same label. Amazing.) The album is the band's most mature effort, sonically and lyrically. Gone is the straight pop punk sound found on albums like Mmhmm and Two Lefts Don't Make a Right... But Three Do, yet you may still find a couple pop culture references (i.e.Read more ›
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Randall C. Oltman on October 5, 2009
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Relient K has always been musically and lyrically witty and intelligent, and this new album is no exception. The album consists entirely of breakup songs, which I personally appreciate very much, as I recently went through a breakup. The music is fun and diverse while maintaining continuity and sticking to Relient K's signature style, and the lyrics are very insightful and thoughtful.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By JoeAZ92 on December 21, 2010
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If you know anything at all about Relient K, you would certainly know about their witty and occasionally outlandish lyrics and punk rock-like sound. They've been about as innocent as can be all throughout their career, but never afraid to admit to personal faults and painful mistakes. The band's sixth and latest album, Forget and Not Slow Down, finds Matt Thiessen and the group in a very different place than they've ever been before, both musically and lyrically, for a record that's all about perspective... and making a sound as catchy as humanly possible.

I think it's only fair to get this fact out of the way before going any further: Forget and Not Slow Down is a breakup album. Apparently, Matt Thiessen (the band's lead singer) broke up with his fiancé sometime between when he wrote the band's previous record and this one. Many of the songs on Forget represent what he went through, so the context is certainly helpful in interpreting his lyrics. But what makes this album unique is that it's not about wallowing in self-pity for the pains of the breakup: it's all about perspective, and realizing that "Without you I'm still whole, you and life remain beautiful," and "If a nightmare ever does unfold, perspective is a lovely hand to hold."

What's also so fantastic about the album's lyrics is how they can easily apply to just about any rough situation in life. There are songs about moving on despite a shameful past ("Forget and Not Slow Down"), putting difficult issues in perspective ("Part Of It"), and realizing that pride is most likely the cause the fall ("Sahara").
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Harpoon on September 29, 2009
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This song is stuck in my head. I never write reviews, but I figure a song that's this catchy deserves one.

Also, you can stream the full "Forget and Not Slow Down" album from Absolute Punk right now. Warning: you may need a helmet because it's about to BLOW YOUR MIND.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jason C. Wilkerson on November 24, 2010
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Relient K has been through a lot in the time leading up to the release of their sixth studio album Forget and Not Slow Down. After releasing their fifth album in seven years, the cleverly titled Five Score and Seven Years Ago, the band found themselves dropped by Capitol Records, so they resurrected and took over indie label Mono vs. Stereo (Forget and Not Slow Down is their first album for the newly minted label). Long-time drummer Dave Douglas left the band to focus on his band Gypsy Parade and was replaced by Ethan Luck (formerly of Project 86, The OC Supertones, and Demon Hunter), and principal songwriter/lead singer Matt Thiessen broke up with his fiancee in late 2008.

All of these events have a bearing on the lyrical content of Relient K's sixth studio album. Although many people might look as Relient K as an emo band (a title I can't abide by, having been a fan of the band since their self-titled debut), they maintain a much lighter disposition than many of their peers. Concerning adversity, Matt Theissen sings: "I'd rather forget and not slow down/ Than gather regret for the things I can't change now/ If I become what I can't accept/ Resurrect the saint from within the wretch/ Pour over me and my hands of it." It's a pleasure to find a band that can express such a positive outlook without sounding cheesy.

That doesn't mean that Thiessen doesn't experience doubt our frustration. In the song "Sahara" he equates his feelings to dying of thirst in the desert. Here we see some of the clever wordplay that we've come to love from Relient K: "A Lion on his side was it the lying/ Or his pride which brought him down/ Once the king of beasts but now they feast/ On the thoughts beneath his vacant crown.
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