Relient K

Album Title: Five Score and Seven Years Ago
Release Date: March 6, 2007
Genre: Pop/Punk
Relient K have the catchy, driven sound of burning rubber in the summertime and they're thankfully not letting it go on this album. With Five Score and Seven Years Ago, the band has remained a staple in the worldwide pop-punk scene with the album jumping to #1 on rock radio within its first week of sales. "I Need You" is a killer track that thumps out massive drums and licks while uncovering frontman's Matt Theissen's bold lyrical passionat vocals, "I have not been abandoned/no I have not been deserted/I have not been forgotten". "Forgiven", one of the best written songs on the album, opens with delicate piano and a sweet electric guitar beat until the anthem-like chorus comes, "Cause 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/and I just hope you can forgive me too/".

"Must Have Done Something Right" is classic for radio with its sunny disposition and "Deathbed" is by contrast a melancholy and yet incredibly unique narrative that shines at the tail end of the album about a man going over the hardships in his life while on his deathbed. Correct me if I'm wrong, but doesn't Theissen sound like Jon Foreman from Switchfoot toward the end? I seriously thought Foreman had made a one liner guest appearance which would have been cool. Nevertheless, the sandpaper vocals, rich with honesty marked a great listen and the album as a whole gets you pumped up whether you're at the office or out for a jog.

Writer: Lindsay Whitfield

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