Five Score And Seven Years Ago CD
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"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.Read more ›
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.
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...Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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CD came faster than it said it would. Even with all the Holiday craziness it found it's way through to get here quick. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Derek Richter
Loved this group and this is another solid performance on their part.Published 10 months ago by Nathaniel Bunggay
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I have always been a fan of Relient K, and I like the direction they are going in. I also loved that the DVD was included in this so you can see them perform live!Published on May 3, 2014 by Audrey Timms