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This review is from: Two Left's Dont Make a Right (Audio CD)
Relient K are in my mind the saviors of that muddy, yet beautifully sparkling, frost laden no mans land between bands such as Weezer & Thursday. They will storm over the top with their guitars and catchy little complexities in hand – wielding youthful wisdom with a dangerous intent. The delightfully insightful and intelligently witty; ‘Mood Rings’ takes the age old colour changing mood ring product and seamlessly relates it to the actions and reactions of girls. This is beautifully structured with a charmingly melodic acoustic bridge. There is a little more power to be found in; ‘Chap Stick…’ – however this is a much more intense display of intelligence and overall song writing.
‘Falling Out’ is a little too unimaginative and simplistic when lined up against the deeper songs such as the hyper, bouncy and catchy recklessness of; ‘Forward Motion’ with lines such as; ‘We all struggle with forward motion, cos forward motion is harder than it sounds, every time I get some ground I’ve got to turn myself around again. Relient K are also fine story tellers – a great example of this talent is; ‘In Love With The 80’s’. Their music is actually surprisingly strong considering the potential short fallings of melodic or emotional music - such as; Loss of power or weak guitar and bass. Neither of which this record suffers from. ‘College Kids’ is everything that Blink 182 had in their hay day without requiring such obnoxious humour. Despite depicting situations from a cheating g/f at another university to paying $80,000 to learn that all you have to do is show up for exams they will manage to bring a smile to your lips. This is certainly their most accessible song and its catchy sharp defiance says a lot for this band. If you are interested in this band; start with this song and go from there – it will be a gentle and pleasurable journey.
‘Hoopes I Did It Again’ manifests as a clever little social commentary; set in their town. It allows the listener to get to know the band better via an actual song and this is a rare treat. You always get the feeling on this record – that the band members really are being themselves. ‘Over Thinking’ is still well written, however it lacks any real hooks or identity and therefore fails to deliver or impress. Whereas the acoustic led; ‘Getting Into You’ makes up for a couple of weak tracks that prelude it. It has an intimate feel, yet also develops an aloof atmosphere. The introduction of the drums helps to rein the song back in and it all starts to come together in a much more satisfying manner by the 2 minute mark. Track 12 presents an interesting little recording of a meeting between the vocalist and some girls he seemingly hasn’t seen in a while. They then go on to discuss just how different he looked in the 5th grade. The strange ‘Gibberish’ sounds like a cross between the attitude of Sum 41 and the melodies of New Found Glory.
The record takes a more haunting twist towards the end with half successful; ‘From End To End’. However – the final song; ‘Jefferson Aero Plane’ is an interesting track with 80’s tendencies and some intriguingly open relationship based lyrics that never seem to bore, even on repeated listens. Relient K certainly live up to my introductory hypothesis and you really should check them out – it’s not always easy or simple but in the end you will feel an attractive insight from their music.
Standout Tracks: ‘Mood Rings’, ‘Forward Motion’, ‘College Kids’.