Sound — 8
The follow up to 2004's CD "Mmhmm", Relient K's newest release "Five Score And Seven Years Ago" proves to be worth the wait. The alternative rock/ christian band have once again provided a breath of fresh air to the 'emo' heavy industry. This album takes off exactly where "Mmhmm" left off, and keeps you hooked throughout the whole album, finishing off with a trademark 10+ minute ballad. This is a very solid album containing your standard 3 chord progression songs, as well as a variety of sounds ranging form an acappella opening in "Pleading The Fifth", to folk/country-esque "Faking My Own Suicide", to a very Underoath inspired opening to the song "I Need You". Other stand out songs include "Must Have Done Something Right", "Bite My Tounge", and the 10 minute epic "Deathbed."
Lyrics — 10
While their sound is nothing special, Relient K's lyrics are what separate them from the rest of the pack. Any longtime fan of Relient K will find themselves right at home trying to disect Matt's intricate yet simple way of phrasing his lyrics. Matt has a clever way of conveying his emotions and personal experiences in a way that is easily accessible to the average listener, yet also appealing to the avid fan as well. The lyrics talk mostly about relationships. Matt talks about good ones, like in their single "must have done something right". However, "Come out and say it", talks about wanting to know the truth in a crumbling relationship. The album, like past works is open to interpretation whether he is talking about a girl or God, and the two can be switched quite easily. Their quirkiness can also be found on the track "Crayons can melt on us for all I care", and their single "must have done something right". The lyrics are very appealing and will connect with the target audience (high school-college) quite well. The lyirical highlight of the album is their closing song "deathbed". It tells the story of a man who grows up, battles addiction, gets both married and divorced, and finds God in the end.
Overall Impression — 9
This album is the most uplifting album of their previous releases. While it doesn't contain the goofy lyrics found on "two lefts don't make a right..." it does however make up for this with lyrics that show Matt's ever increasing maturity and ability to write great lyrics. Musicaly, the album's sound is solid, with enough variation to keep the average listener engaged. The positives about this album is that it is contains very positive lyrics, which are a rare thing in today's world. The only downside would be that the sound is nothing new, and can be quite redundant when compared to most other alternative rock albums.