Sound — 10
Relient K is the kind of band that can be described with one word: un predictable. Just when you think you know what they're going to do, they pull a few new tricks from their sleeve. And Mmhmm, their fourth album with Gotee Records, is definitely a new trick. First of all, there is a whole lot more piano playing on this cd than there ever has been on any of the other Relient K cds. Matt Thiessen is really a great pianist, and to hear him play more often is great. What I especially like about the instrumental part of this album is the fact that Relient K mixes the classical sound of the piano with their staple fast-paced guitar playing. The combination of music makes this album better than the others. Second of all, the entire sound has really changed over the course of the year since the band's last album. They seem to be a little bit harder, a little more skilled with their guitar playing, and still as better as ever with the drumming and bass.
Lyrics — 10
When it comes to the lyrics, Relient K has made a quantum leap. On Two Lefts Don't Make A Right But Three Do, a number of the songs, such as Mood Rings and Pink Tux To The Prom, have nonsensical, just plain stupid lyrics. But on Mmhmm, all of that has changed. The guys have matured a whole lot when it comes to songwriting. More of their songs seem to be directed towards God. Their songs are more desperate, more glorifying, and overall the best they have ever been. Of course, they still have that witty sort of tone to it. It's still Relient K.
Overall Impression — 10
Overall, I was, am, and will continue to be impressed with this album. Like the rest of the Relient K cds, this one never gets old, and every single song on it is awesome. Overall, this is Relient K at the height of their career as songwriters and musicians. They continue to be one of my favorite bands, and unless they did somethig really sick and stupid, they will remain awesome as they are now. The only disappointment about this cd? There's no hidden track like there usually is.