WOW! Thats first thing i said upon listening to this album. Is this really Relient K?? They have matured soo much as a band, musically,lyrically and vocally since their last release i was almost in shock. Thats not to say its a bad thing, in fact, i'd have to say this is one of the best evolutions of a band i've heard in a LONG time. Instead of taking the familiar pop-punk band with comedic lyrics route, Relient K have added complexity to their song structures, donning some dual-vocal attacks (ala Taking Back Sunday) and have created a sound that still has ties to their older material but just sounds so much more emotional and well, better. For anyone who thought Relient K needed to do some growing up, 'mmhmm'is the album for you.
I've been a long time fan of Relient K and their fun, upbeat brand of punk rock music. For years, you could count of RK to bring some of the most absurd and hilarious topics to their songs (ie Sadie Hawkins Dance, In Love With the 80's (Pink Tux to the Prom)), and I was SHOCKED when I first listened to Mmmhmm. Between "Mmmhmm" and their last release, "Two Lefts Don't Make a Right, But Three Do", the boys have matured and brought a whole lot more depth to their song writing. The lyrics are solid, and musically, the disc is fantastic. It's totally what you'd expect from RK. Standout tracks include "One I'm Waiting For", "I So Hate Consequences", "This Week the Trend", "Let It All Out", and "Which to Bury, Us or the Hatchet". Watching RK evolve has been a lot of fun and "Mmmhmm" is an excellent addition to an already fantastic discography. If you get the chance, check them out at this year's Warped Tour. I hear they put on an awesome live show.
Mmhmm is one of the best cds that I have ever bought. Matty T's love of music and his passion for God's message shines through in Relient K's fifth album (if you include their Christmas one, Deck the Halls, Bruise Your Hand). My favourite song on the whole album would have to be "Who I am Hates Who I've Been". It's just one of those songs that explain your life to you. Matty T has the habit of writing songs that everyone can connect to, and this is quite evident on this album. Other songs that stand out from the rest are "Be My Escape", "High of 75", "I So Hate Consequences", "More Than Useless", "My Girl's Ex-Boyfriend", and Dave Douglas' amazing vocals work their magic in the song "Life After Death & Taxes (Failure II)". I recommend this cd to all. It has a bit for everyone and Relient K seems to end the album as always. Leaving us wanting more.
Well, Relient K has been one of my all-time favourite bands since I heard them this summer... I just recently purchased this Cd and wow. Having borrowed the previous two (Tongue In Cheek & Two Lefts) off a friend, I was amazed at the depth of the lyrics and the strength of their musicianship that was so obvious in their fourth album. The strongest piece (Which To Bury: Us Or The Hatchet) is a wonderful punk song, strong with amazing guitar, and yet it flows seamlessly into the softer, more reflective Let It All Out. Other stand-outs include: The One I'm Waiting For, I So Hate Consequences and This Week The Trend. Every song on this album is gold, and I would adivse you to consider buying it. Relient K is not a band to be overlooked.