Sound — 9
Relient K's fifth album in seven years (hence the name) is yet another stellar work of art. This record is much happier sounding than many of their previous records. Though parts of the record still echo some of the harder and darker material of Mmhmm. They seem to have grown even more fond of the complex beach boys style harmonies as well, as seen in the a'cappella opening track. as the album progresses, you come across driving, and hard hitting songs, and poppy upbeat songs as well. There is even a number with a definite country influence. The albums songs alternate between styles frequently to great effect through most of the album. The last song of the record, Deathbed, is essentialy a mini, 11 minuet rock opera from the pont of view of a dying cancer patiet, and has a strong classical influence for most of it. The lead singer, Matt Thiessen, also plays nine different instruments for this song, including a full brass choir. In all, the record is another huge step forward for the band.
Lyrics — 10
As always, Relient K never fails to impress when it comes to lyrics. Witty and sarcastic as ever, many of the songs, other than the usual hard hitters, are upbeat and about love. This is a step in a new direction for the band. The lyrics always fit with the music though, and Thiessen has excellent diction, leaving the lyric booklet that came with the CD mostly unused.
Overall Impression — 10
Over all, this album has surpassed my expectations, which were pretty high, and has become my favorite Relient K record, and ranks with my all time favorites as well. Songs to definitley check out are Deathbed, Faking My Own Suicide, Must Have Done Something Right, and Bite My Tounge.