Okay, so I write some music reviews for my site xRandomPenguinx
, so I figured I'd post some here...Relient K - MMHMMThe AlbumThe Packaging
One could almost buy the CD for the album art. You may be saying 'What's so great about the cover?' Yeah, the cover isn't half of it. Inside you'll find awesomely illustrated obscure, almost CGI pictures of dandelions, bumblebees, and various meadow wildlife. Also, instead of the genric sleeve, MMHMM's sleeve is paper with a recycled-type texture. The Price
I personally preordered an autographed version of MMHMM back in November from FamilyChristian.com for $10.99, but I believe the going price is still the same. $11 is a VERY good deal for this 14-track CD that should probably be going for $16 or $17. The MusicThe Music
Relient K's music has evolved and matured through the years and it seems that they are currently on the top of their game. Flawless bass lines, ripping guitar choruses, and masterful drum beats will keep you headbanging to this CD over and over again. This is, perhaps, the final RK CD on which Brain Pitman will be lending his skill on the bass, which, after hearing the bridge of The One I'm Waiting For, will be greatly missed. Relient K has always been known for their incredible rock/pop punk/punk sound, and it is definently amplified in this album.The Vocals
Matthew Thiessen continues to amaze us. His voice is soft yet driven, causing an abundance of emotion in his songs. It seems to merge with the music and create moods within the listener for each song. Unlike so many vocalists' voices, Matty T.'s doesn't become annoying after a while of listening, and instead becomes more and more peacefull. Also, more background screaming is added in this album and is wonderfully placed and not overdone. Matthew Hoopes also does a great job of backing up Thiessen and even doing his own solos.The Message
Relient K is steadily establishing itsself known as the pop-punk/rock/punk band that parents can trust. While other such bands are getting their albums pulled off the shelf (although usually not for valid reasons), Relient K is getting their albums bought off the shelves. Relient K's driven, un-watered-down message has exploded once again, setting teens straight on issues such as depression (High of 75), conflict (Which to Bury; Us or the Hatchet?), politics (The Only Things Worse Than Beating a Dead Horse is Betting On One), girls (The One I'm Waiting For), self-esteem (More Than Useless), and the mainstream (This Week the Trend). They don't hesitate to let you know that God is always there for you (I So Hate Consequences, When I Go Down) and that he can set you free (Be My Escape), as well as their less serious songs with a message still emplanted deep inside(My Girl's Ex-Boyfriend, The Only Things Worse Than Beating a Dead Horse is Betting On One). Matthiew Thiessen's writing abilities and sincere emotions (Who I am Hates Who I've Been, When I Go Down) are greatly evident in the lyrics and messages of these songs. There's no need for parents to be warry of Relient K's music, because the positive messages far outway any fast beat.Track Listing
1. The One I'm Wating For
2. Be My Escape
3. High of 75
4. I So Hate Consequences
5. The Only Thing Worse Than Beating a Dead Horse is Betting On One
6. My Girl's Ex-Boyfriend
7. More Than Useless
8. Which to Bury; Us or the Hatchet?
9. Let it All Out
10. Who I am Hates Who I've Been
11. Mantain Conciousness
12. This Week the Trend
13. Life After Death and Taxes (Failure II)
14. When I Go DownListen For FreeRelient K's PurevolumeWhy Would I Want to Buy it?
* If you like any previous Relient K music.
* If you like Pop-punk.
* If you are interested in getting hooked on Christian MusicTo Sum It Up
This CD is wonderful and is a great buy if you can snag it for eleven or twelve bucks. Relient K is still going strong and shows no signs of letting up. I highly reccomend you buy this album.
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