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Relient K puts together a CD full of upbeat, light pop-punk. To the casual listener, little more seems meant than songs about relationships (like "High of 75"), or lack of fulfillment ("Be My Escape", "I So Hate Consequences")
The Christian point of view quickly becomes clear. The "you" songs such as "Be My Escape" are addressed to could, if you want it to, be some girl the singer is trying to get to take him from an unfulfilling life, but it could be Jesus as well "You've told me the way, and now I'm trying to get there" "But I can't ask you to give what you already gave". "High of 75" plays on the pun between "sun" and "son", and the clouds battling for control of the sky could be good and evil.
Still, Relient K has cleverly done songs that set forth their point of view, but in a manner that all can appreciate, whatever their religious beliefs. They've joined the mainstream, but without selling out their religious beliefs.
The band sticks to their standard pop-punk riffs on this album, though I believe they use smoother speed and instrumental transitions on this album. Example: Be My Escape starts with screaming guitars and a fast beat, softens down to keyboards, vocals and light drumming during the verses, back up to rocking during the bridge and chorus, and slows right down for a touching finish. There are several other songs that vary in a like manner.
Lyrically, I really enjoyed Be My Escape (but the beauty of grace is that it makes life not fair), Which to Bury, Us or the Hatchet (I move you, but you just wouldn't budge, I tried to hold your hand but you'd rather hold your grudge), When I Go Down (When I go down, I'll lift my eyes to You, but I won't look too far, 'Cause You'll be there with open arms, to lift me up again...). What a beautiful way to end the album!
Musically, many songs stand out - High of 75 is probably the most original song, starting with acoustic guitar, and including a drum loop in the chorus. Other highlights include Who I am Hates Who I've Been, and Life After Death & Taxes, which combines great vocals with some cool screaming!
Relient K has made a fan out of me, and if you buy this album, it will do the same for you!
That being said, I maintain that this is Relient K's finest full-length album yet. As a Christian struggling with life and faith, "Be My Escape" brought me to tears the first time I heard it. This song is a poignant cry for help from God, literally begging Him to be our escape. "Who I Am Hates Who I've Been" is sheer lyrical perfection and captures the essence of repentance- I'm going to look forward and leave who I was behind because it is now hateful to me. "When I Go Down," "Let It All Out," "More Than Useless," "I So Hate Consequences," and "High of 75" are also all FANTASTIC songs...The entire album just leaves me speechless! Of course, they're not without the mindlessly fun songs like "My Girl's Ex-Boyfriend" that have become part of their trademark.
Forget what people say (including me, I guess) and get this album for yourself. It could change your life.
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The best album they've ever released! And here's a spoiler: the title is taken from the background vocals of the great song "My Girl's Ex-Boyfriend", and those vocals can... Read morePublished 5 months ago by AjianAja
Love this classic Relient K cd! It is truly what Christian Rock should be!Published 6 months ago by Meredith Gates
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