Sound — 10
Relient K is a great band and this CD rarely gets old. The music is pretty much pop-punk, yet has much more talent than most pop-punk bands. The instrumentals are pretty good. Guitar-wise, there are quite a few intro riffs and a few solos on the album that make it interesting. The drums are good and rarely repetitive. The bass normally follows the rhythm guitar as with many bands. This band is all about fun, as many of the lyrics show, and they cover many different topics.
Lyrics — 10
The lyrics are very well written. They are reminiscent of some pop-punk, but are much more thoughtful. There are also many grammatical twists in their songs which always provide a good laugh. The songs range from everywhere from corny and fun ("Mood Rings", "Pink Tux to the Prom") to serious and emotional ("Getting Into You", "I am Understood?") The serious side of their lyrics hold great meaning, which is normally influenced by the band's Christian faith. The lyrics fit the music well in either case. Matt Thiessen has a great voice especially for the music, as it is soft, yet not whiny. And there are also backup vocals from other members of the band which are good.
Overall Impression — 10
In comparison to other bands in the pop-punk genre, Relient K blows all the others away both musically and lyrically. This band is composed of talented musicians with plenty of good guitar riffs, decent bass and good drums. The songs are all very geniusly written, and any critics have obviously not really analyzed the lyrics or their meaning. I love everything about this band from the corny humor, to their more serious side. The fact that they are a Christian band doesn't really affect my opinion at all. If it were stolen, I would definitely buy another copy.