Artist: Relient K
Album: Five Score and Seven Years Ago
Label: Capitol Records
Release Date: March 6th, 2007
Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã…”Five score and seven years agoÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬? is Relient KÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢s new album which is the follow up to the major label debut Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã…”mmhmmÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬?. I applaud them for giving this album an actual name instead of just a sound that made you feel ridiculous when said out loud. I was very excited to hear this record because Relient K has always put out quality music, and the same still applies with the new record. The staple of this band has and continues to be the ability to blend the comical and serious sides of life into a beautifully crafted song.
The first song Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã…”Plead the fifthÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬? is more of an intro to the record, but it definitely shows off the guyÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢s ability to write a catchy melody. Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã…”Come right out and say ItÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬? is the next song which is familiar Relient K territory and touches on the subject of wanting to hear the truth instead of a pretty lie to spare someoneÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢s feelings. Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã…”Must have done something rightÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬?, which is the first single, has been out for awhile and is a good song, but seems to sound better in the context of the other songs on Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã…”Five ScoreÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã‚¦Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬?. Speaking of the single, my guess is that Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã…”IÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢m taking you with meÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬? will end up being one at some point with its instantly catchy chorus.
Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã…”DeathbedÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬?, which is the album closer, comes in at a whopping 11:05 minutes long. The song is told from a first person perspective of someone dying from cancer. The song starts off soft and slow but doesnÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢t stay that way long, adding a range of different instruments along the journey. The song also includes a guest vocalist which sounds like Switchfoot lead singer Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã…”Jonathan ForemanÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬?.
IÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢ll take the advice from the song Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã…”Come right out and say itÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬? and just tell it like it is for this record. This is an album which you will need to put in some time to fully enjoy. I found this album very forgettable the first couple times I listened to it, but it has grown on me. There are a couple of weaker songs scattered on the album but overall a good listen.
I just wasted your time with this review. Buy the record and youÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢ll know what I mean.
1. Plead the Fifth
2. Come Right Out and Say It
3. I Need You
4. The Best Thing
6. Must Have Done Something Right
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
While you did give it a good rating, I have to disagree. I found this to be their best work to date. It caught me the first time I listened to it and it still does each time I listen.
The guest vocalist is Jon Foreman.
Bryce Jacobson says
There are some really good songs on here. Its still growing on me but its turing out to sound like their best to date. “Plead the Fifth” is a great intro non the less.
Gabrielle *** says
Relient-K rocks this has to be one of there best C.Ds yet,but really all their C.Ds are so amazing!!!!!
Hey great rating.
Every album of rk is amzaing. And the best thing is that they are progressing all the time! luv Matt T!!!!
OMGSH I love Relient K, and my favorite song on there new Album is “Plead the Fifth”. I swear that songs is sooo cool and awesome!!
If you havent heard it, you can listen to a clip of it on myspace. http://www.myspace.com/relientk
Relient K continues to grow along with adding new band members. 1st play I was impressed, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, confirmed my earlier thoughts that this is great CD! Relent K rocks!, with thought filled lyrics to great musicial talent.
Relient K is amazing. I’ve stuck with them through all of their albums. I’m not one of those posers who just listens to “Who I Am Hates Who I’ve Been”, “Be My Escape”, and “Must Have Done Something Right”. I still love Sadie Hawkins Dance, and I know all the words to the whole album “Mmhmm”. I went to their concert at the beginning of the month and they’re just as good on the CDs as they are live. “Five Score and Seven Years Ago” is a great album. My personal favorite is “Bite My Tongue”. I think their weakest song is “Plead the Fifth”. When I heard “Crayons Can Melt On Us”, I laughed for literally five minutes straight (yes, I’m an easy laugh). I’m going to try to buy the album soon- for now, I just listen to them on myspace.