Relient K
Forget and Not Slow Down


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by Kyle Pierce USER (5 Reviews)
October 10th, 2009 | 18 replies | 5,654 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Relient K do the impossible. They become relevant again.

5 of 6 thought this review was well written

Relient K have always been a guilty pleasure of mine. I say guilty, because after their trainwreck of a cd, Five Score and Seven Years Ago, the fact that I was ever their fan honestly mortified me. The overly cliche lyrics, the completely forced happiness of the cd, and the drastic change in sound all blended together into an album I simply could not digest. They quickly went from one of my favorite bands to a band that was only good for nostalgia.

Needless to say, when I heard that Relient K was writing a new album, I was overcome with much more dread than I was hope. I couldn't picture the same band that wrote such lyrics as "This is the best thing,
the best thing that could be happening, and I think you would agree the best thing is that it's happening to you and me," ever creating a song worth listening to again.

I was wrong.

You see, Relient K have made their definitive album. The magnum opus of their career. From the soaring vocals in 'I Don't Need a Soul', to the guitar riffery strewn throughout 'Sahara', and the regret filled lines of 'Over It', Relient K have produced something truly special.

While the entire band is at the top of their game, there are a few star players here who I would like to focus on. The first is Ethan Luck. When I heard that Dave Douglas would be leaving Relient K, while being genuinely disappointed over his departure, I was more worried about who the new member would be. Dave's vocals and interesting drum patterns always kept previous cd's interesting for me. Without him, I was sure that Relient K would be lost. This album keeps on proving how wrong I can be. Ethan, while stylistically different than Dave, filled his shoes in ways nobody else could have. He shows no signs of being "the new guy", and honestly, with his playing Relient K sound like they have more chemistry than ever before.

The other member that truly stands out is their vocalist, Matthew. Surprisingly, he doesn't stand out in the way a normal singer does. He stands out by blending in. He doesn't thrive off of showing off. He has truly mastered the art of making his vocals fit with the song. And that seems to be the very idea of this cd. Cohesiveness. The last two songs, 'This Is the End' and '(If You Want It)' are the perfect examples of this. Matt quickly transitions from highly emotional soft passages to energetic moments full of angst. He has clearly come into his own as a superb singer.

Also in terms of singing, Forget and Not Slow Down features a rather large amount of guest vocalists. Tim Skipper of House of Heroes, Brian McSweeney, Aaron Gillespie of The Almost, and Matt MacDonald of The Classic Crime all make guest appearances on songs throughout. Thankfully, they do the job most guest vocalists don't do. They add interesting twists to songs without stealing the show.

Lyrically, the album is fantastic. Forget and Not Slow Down is full of the creative puns Relient K have always been masters of. With lines such as "A lion on his side was it the lying or his pride which brought him down?" and "Can’t hold a candle to her, ‘cause all the moths get in the way. And they’ll begin to chew her entire attire until it frays," Relient K have truly outdone themselves.

The best thing about this album however, is how well it flows. When I first saw the tracklist, all I could think about was the fact that it had a horribly large amount of outros. I couldn't possibly comprehend why they would be necesary. But now I understand. The cd as a whole, flows like a concept album(which I suppose, in a way, it is.) Every song flows into the next, making the entire album as a whole feel like much more than just a few songs randomly put together, but more like a piece of art.



The feeling of dread is gone. Hope has returned for Relient K. And it has come in the form of Forget and Not Slow Down.


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Fieryfenderz
October 9th 2009



1424 Comments


This is my first review, so any constructive criticism would be nice.

CelestialDust
October 9th 2009



3155 Comments


less band member bio's and more about the album but other than that good job, this needs a negative review

Fieryfenderz
October 9th 2009



1424 Comments


Well considering the lowest rating for this is a 2 and there's only 1 of them, I doubt it's gonna happen any time soon hah.

And thanks. I guess I did focus on the members a bit too much, but I was trying to take a different approach than previous reviews for this.

Waior
October 9th 2009



11425 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good first review. I appreciate the different approach, you saved yourself a lot of Sputnik reiteration by doing it that way.

Fieryfenderz
October 9th 2009



1424 Comments


Thanks Waior. Appreciate it.

Fieryfenderz
October 9th 2009



1424 Comments


I edited this a bit. Rate me if you want.

Groink
October 10th 2009



765 Comments


Nice review, I'm thinking about giving this a listen.

fromtheinside
October 10th 2009



17714 Comments


i'm over it, you're behind me now, i'm just over it...

Digging: Fallujah - The Flesh Prevails

JakeNeild
October 11th 2009



1 Comments


Great review, bro!

Fieryfenderz
October 12th 2009



1424 Comments


I just saw these guys live last night for the 3rd time. They're always incredible live. They somehow managed to play both a satisfying amount of both new and old stuff. But they had like 1 1/2 hours to do it so no wonder. It's strange im not sick of this album yet, I normally tire of an album after a week of overplaying it.

Cklip
October 12th 2009



2 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I enjoy your review very much! I agree with you too, except the criticism on Five Score and Seven Years Ago. I love that CD and listen to it daily haha. Forget and Not Slow Down surprised me, but it's still amazing. I'm not sure how you can not like Five Score! Some songs yeah, but the whole thing? No way!

Fieryfenderz
October 12th 2009



1424 Comments


Eh I pretty much grew up on older Relient K. Like the Forward Motion, Gibberish, MHMMM era. Then they put that cd out and I couldn't even tell it was the same band. Yes, Deathbed was pretty cool, and I enjoyed Devastation and Reform, but beyond that it was all very... awkward to me. I understand that it appealed to more people since it was more poppy. I just missed the old Relient K. But this new cd is clearly amazing in my opinion.

Cklip
October 12th 2009



2 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah their old stuff is better, MHMM is still my favorite and yes the new one IS amazing.

Fieryfenderz
October 13th 2009



1424 Comments


Wow, Relient K's drummer posted about my review on Twitter. That surprised me.

Travoz87
November 11th 2009



3 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It took some time for the album to grow on me, but it is quite solid and does exhibit the growth & maturation of the band

ABjordanMM
August 13th 2010



1361 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

what did ethan say?!

Fieryfenderz
August 22nd 2010



1424 Comments


he tweeted about the review because he saw it.

ABjordanMM
June 21st 2011



1361 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

That's pretty cool man.



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