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Five Score And Seven Years Ago

Relient K Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Sometimes the best way to deal with a break-up is to write a batch of great songs about it, turn up the amplifiers and just rock out.

Think of enduring classics – from Liz Phair’s Exile In Guyville to Nine Inch Nails’ Pretty Hate Machine to Beck’s Sea Change – and how they achieved musical catharsis from the crumbling walls and crossbeams of a relationship ... Read more in Amazon's Relient K Store

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  • Audio CD (5 Mar 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Parlophone
  • ASIN: B000N39H62
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 222,217 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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

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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

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Special K 30 Aug 2007
Format:Audio CD
If this album really was a breakfast cereal it would be coco-wheata-frostie-suga-flakes, a real mix of everything. Well, grab your biggest spoon and dig in, because it tastes grrreat!
How Relient K haven't made it bigger on this side of the pond is still a mystery. With hooks bigger than Abu Hamza and clever lyrics the UK charts could learn a thing or two from this lot. Not to be dismissed on first listen as a straightforward rock album by the likes of Lostprophets and Blink 182, obligatory guitar riffs merge with piano to give a refreshing edge. String sections, slide guitar and other instrumentation feature on tracks that aren't in the straight ahead rock mould to lift the variety of songs on the record.
Lyrically at times it's like having a dictionary burped in your face, but personally I like the fact that there are some more complex words used, only rarely coming across as clumsy. However clever and witty the lyrics may be, if you don't want to take notice then no worries, the infectious nature of the choruses will keep you suitably entertained.
With songs played for laughs like the self explanitory 'faking my own suicide', to the emotional epic closer 'Death Bed', this record will suit the rock fan with a brain. Give it a try, like me, you will soon be Relient on it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I got this album the week it was released and some months later I still love it. The punk/rock wall of sound this CD makes is great. Crank it up loud to appreciate it at its best. I just wish they would tour the UK. If you like the Ramones, U2, Blink 182, Stellar Kart, Everyday Sunday etc this ones for you.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best yet 11 April 2007
Format:Audio CD
Every Relient K album is better than the last one. If you liked Mmhmm, you'll like this. Their music has matured since Mmhmm, but kept the same style and feel, which was exactly the right thing to do!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Really rad sound 13 Jun 2007
Format:Audio CD
I'm a huge fan of Switchfoot so naturally Relient K was recommended to me pretty quickly. The sound is great with some really strong vocals/harmonies, crazy drums, relentless guitars and a funky bass. The lyrics bring it all together to make 14 fabulous tracks.

1. Pleading The Fifth- completly unacompanied, awesome harmonies and in general a really groovy song.

2. Come Right Out And Say It- love this song from beginning to end. Its got a kicking drum beat the whole way through, some awesome builds and is shaped pretty perfectly in every way. One of the best ones.

3. I Need You- best drums track, its a minor song though so its naturally not as easy on the ears. Guitars really drive the chorus through to make it great.

4. Best Thing- really awesome feel good song, vocals are gorgeous alongside these chords. Its good.

5. Forgiven- one of the more spiritual songs, love the lyrics, great message, punchy bass line.

6. Must Have Done Something Right- another one of my favs, everything deserves a mention in it, cause it all makes a great sound. love it.

7. Give Until There's Nothing Left: a good track. its another feel good tune with some well placed chords.

8. Devastation And Reform- its not one of my favs but i still listen to it happily. guitars stand out the most.

9. I'm Taking You With Me- my origional favourite. gorgeous harmonies against some rad guitar rifts and drums driving it home. they end it perfectly

10. Faking My Own Suicide- not their best lyrics to be honest. it has a sort of country feel to it but it doesn't come into its own as much as I'd have liked it to.

11. Crayons Can Melt On Us For All I Care- this track is halarious.
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Relient K's Fifth Fantastic 2 Mar 2007
By J. R. Morales - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
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. Focusing on redemption, Relient K declares that, no matter what, God can give you another chance: "Yeah, we're fallen people. Yeah, we're sinful, you know? That's going to happen," said the band, "but He's always there, you know? He'll dust us off and give us a hug." Other songs, like "Faking My Own Suicide" and "The Best Thing", take a fresh and fun look at love and relationships.

In short, "Five Score & Seven Years Ago" is an awesome follow-up to "MmHmm" and, in this critic's opinion, out-did it. If you thought blandly of their previous releases: although this album still carries that Relient K flavor of their previous albums, there's definitely something different on this one - you might want to give it a try. It doesn't matter how long you've been a Relient K fan, this is the album that you've been waiting for. If you're not a Relient K fan yet, brace yourself - you're in for a big, happy surprise!

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They have done it AGAIN!!! 9 Mar 2007
By A. Duluc - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 7 Mar 2007
By David S. Ragsdale - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
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..."

"Must Have Done Something Right" is a pretty playful love song that is once again very catchy.

"Give Until There's Nothing Left" is probably my second favorite song on the cd with, per usual, a great message.

"Devastation and Reform" is another rocking track with a very nice guitar riff from Hoopes. Great chorus.

"I'm Taking You With Me" is another love song. Pretty good.

"Faking My Own Suicide" has slide guitars and great folk sound to it. Unlike anything I've heard from RK before. Great song.

"Bite My Tongue" has more great guitar work and another great message...don't cause pain through words.

"Up and Up" is yet another well-written, uplifting, happy track about celebrating everyday of your life. Great chorus and great song.

"Death Bed" is about a dying cancer patient. It sounds like a song titled "death bed" might be really heavy, sad way of ending such a happy cd, but while the song is very powerful, it's not what you think it probably is. It's probably not much of a stretch to say that this is the best song Matt Thiessen has ever written. The verses recount the dying man's life behind a very bouncy beat and great piano playing. Matt Thiessen apparently played about 12 instruments in this song which is really a testament to what an amazingly talented individual he really is. This song IS Relient K, and it continues their trend of ending their albums with great songs...ala Jefferson Aero Plane, When I Go Down...

Well, yeah, it's an amazing album. Go out and purchase a copy if you want to hear one of the best kept secrets in pop music. Okay, maybe they aren't THAT big of a secret, but they are still relatively under the radar...probably because of the Christian Rock label. But as Matt T said, "C.S. Lewis wasn't about just writing to Christians to make them better. He was about writing books that everyone could read and expand their minds. That's what music is all about, too. [Not long] ago it was absurd that P.O.D. was doing Ozzfest or that Sixpence None the Richer was all over the radio. Then, all the sudden, it's all changed."
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This was a Relient album 16 Mar 2007
By Peter Haddox - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I am not that huge a fan of Relient K. I really liked many of the songs on MMHMM. What I like about them is their ability to transition the sound many times within 1 song with key changes and change of tempo, etc. THIS album however blew me away. This was one of the first albums ever that I listened to it the whole way through without thinking, "when will this song be done" or even skipping a song halfway through. The opener is a great one. A random A Cappella doo-wop that just plain sounds cool and is not what I expected for a starter. Songs like The Best Thing, Must Have Done Something Right, Faking My Own Suicide have a classic Relient K sound with a more "mature/modern" quality. So they gave us great love songs. They also gave us a song like Forgiven saying that we have all made mistakes, but there is forgiveness. Lastly, the "ear" opener on the whole album was Deathbed. Simply INCREDIBLE. This is Matt Thiessen's song writing ability at its best. He arranged for a host of instruments, change in tempo many times, and allowed Switchfoot's Jon Foreman to sing as a guest. Great song and overall great album. I was very impressed.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars RK is "The Best Thing" 11 Mar 2007
By Colin Storm - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
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. Five days later, this is still my favorite song that I repeat almost ad nauseum.

This does not take away from the rest of the album, though. RK starts to explore new territory beyond the piano and banjo on "Mmhmm." From the a capella "Plead the Fifth" to the Death Cab sounding "Give Until There's Nothing Left" to the folky song "Faking My Own Suicide" that Thiessen did originally with his side-project, Matt Thiessen and the Earthquakes.

While RK has certianly expanded their horizons musically, they have stuck to what got them to be one of the most popular mainstream Christian artists today. "I Need You", "Bite My Tongue" and "Come Right Out and Say It" sound like the old RK, only with more mature lyrics. My other favorites (other than the ones I mentioned in this review) include "Forgiven" and "Devestation and Reform."

Whether you're a new fan, an old fan or someone who has never been a fan of them before, you should give this album a try. They're not the strictly pop-punk band they used to be; they have become something that can appeal to most audiences.
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