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Five Score And Seven Years Ago CD

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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."

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

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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

Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 6, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B000MX7SR8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,014 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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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Like most people who reviewed this album, I wasn't quite sure what to expect. As a long-time fan (since 2000--right after their self-titled release), I have seen them mature over the years along with my music tastes.

My first impression wasn't a good one: I heard "Must Have Done Something Right" on MySpace and, although it's alright, it's was not exactly the "mature Relient K" I had expected. Turns out, that is my least favorite track on the album (I hope Capitol Records picked this as their No. 1 single, not they guys of RK). Their lyrics and music have, without question, progressed with each and every CD they release.

The CD concludes with a song called "Deathbed" that is the masterpiece of--not only Matt Thiessen's song-writing career--but I think it's the best piece of work Relient K has ever done. The lyrics are...beyond words. The 11-minute long song tells the story of a man who has made choices throughout his life that he regrets (By '47, I was fourteen/I'd acquired a taste for liquor and nicotine/I smoked until I threw up, yet I still lit 'em up/For thirty more years, like a machine).

As he is dying, he eventually accepts Jesus into his life (I was so scared of Jesus, but he sought me out/Like the cancer in my lungs that's killing me now/And I've given up hope on the days I have left/But I cling to the hope of my life in the next) and the regrets of what he has done in his life (You cried wolf, the tears they soaked your fur/The blood dripped from your fangs/You said 'What have I done?'/You loved that lamb with every sinful bone/And there you wept alone/Your heart was so contrite). It is truly the best song of Relient K's career, and the song ends with the lead singer of Switchfoot, Jon, singing as Jesus.
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