Relient K
Truly Madly Deeply EP


2.5
average

Review

by SowingSeason STAFF
February 13th, 2017 | 29 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Bless their candy hearts < 3

Relient K are so adorable. Everything they do lets you know that they buy their girlfriends flowers every month, are always the first to say “I love you”, and that they never miss a bedtime prayer. They’re the poster boys of virtue, and their music is just as sugary sweet as they are. They’re Owl City with actual talent. They may be far removed from their heyday, when they produced pop-punk staples like Mmhmm and Forget and Not Slow Down, but that hasn’t stopped them from chugging on and remaining somewhat popular. In fact, just last year they put out one of their better overall releases in Air For Free which, while sappy and gleeful to nearly Five Score and Seven Years Ago proportions, was jam packed with sunny, catchy melodies. What flew under the radar was The Creepier EP…er, a collection of three Halloween-themed tunes. In keeping with the spirit of scoring semi-holidays, they’re now celebrating the schmaltziest one of all: Valentine’s Day.

Truly Madly Deeply. That’s kind of the opposite of what this EP actually offers. Nothing here is all that heartfelt or moving; they are just three songs released for the sole purpose of providing fans with a few cute, fun little ditties that they can have the novelty of playing on Valentines Day before they inevitably get dumped for someone who possesses testosterone. Still, it can be a nice way to kill seven minutes if you are feeling particularly upbeat. ‘Candy Hearts’ is actually alive with pop-punk undertones, more so than the majority of Air For Free, which is both encouraging and frustrating because it’s been almost a decade since they’ve applied those kinds of dynamics to a real album. If there’s one song on this EP that you have the patience to check out, make it ‘Candy Hearts.’

The other two tracks are basically theme goers, ensuring that Truly Madly Deeply continues to make wholly unsubtle references to love and all that shit. ‘Happy Valentimes’ (ugh – fuck how cute these guys try to be!) is a groovy little tune built on a continual three chord strum and lots of ba da ba’s. ‘BMI Valentine’ is an acoustic ballad that actually shows off Matthew Thiessen’s vocals quite nicely with some inflection changes that make the chorus pretty catchy. And that’s just about the whole of this EP, it’s kind of catchy if you’re already into Relient K but there is obviously nothing on a Valentine’s-themed EP that is going to need unraveling or further analysis. It’s the equivalent of a candy heart – sweet, kind of pointless because there’s tons of better candy out there, and ultimately a novelty that you’ll forget about as soon as February 14th passes. The holiday is upon us though, so you might as well indulge. Happy Valentimes Day Sputnik, you earned this.



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SowingSeason
Moderator
February 13th 2017


23146 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Stop the presses:



http://www.relientk.com/

Digging: Depeche Mode - Spirit

EliteTaste
February 13th 2017


839 Comments


I never miss a bedtime prayer either

EliteTaste
February 13th 2017


839 Comments


word up to father badtouch

Toondude10
February 13th 2017


10754 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

recommended by reviewer



Red Roses

Candy Hearts

Boxes of Chocolate

Getting Laid



that escalated quickly

danielito19
February 13th 2017


11165 Comments


Does this have a savage garden cover

danielito19
February 13th 2017


11165 Comments


https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=bBjnguyyadY

SnakeDelilah
February 13th 2017


18638 Comments


are they ripping off tmbg again or have they gone back to writing shitty pop punk?

Digging: Sorority Noise - You're Not As ____ As You Think

danielito19
February 13th 2017


11165 Comments


Snake watch my video it won't disappoint you

Green Baron
February 13th 2017


23062 Comments


i thought this was gonna be an acad review from the summary

Toondude10
February 13th 2017


10754 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

does this write-up mean that Sowing's re-review for FANSD is around the corner?

Satellite
February 13th 2017


23594 Comments


guys please don't call this tripe pop-punk thx

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ABjordanMM
February 14th 2017


1652 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"pop-punk staples like Mmhmm and Forget and Not Slow Down"



I remember you not liking FANSD.



Enjoying this for what it is. I can't get Candy Hearts out of my head, and BMI Valentine is actually a pretty clever and original topic for a song imo.

danielito19
February 14th 2017


11165 Comments


Forget and not slow down was surprisingly good

Green Baron
February 14th 2017


23062 Comments


I don't think I've even heard a song from them. I remember they were super Christian tho

NastyCrab
February 14th 2017


540 Comments


OOH I WANT YOU I DONT KNOW IF I NEED YOU BUT OOH ID DIE TA FIND OUTTTT

ThyCrossAwaits
February 15th 2017


3232 Comments


Thank you so much for that danielito

danielito19
February 15th 2017


11165 Comments


I was hoping someone would go to the effort of watching it

Tyler.
February 15th 2017


11563 Comments


how do i get laid can someone help

FullOfSounds
February 15th 2017


13742 Comments


You have to go through the other 3 steps first

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Tyler.
February 15th 2017


11563 Comments


do i arrange them in a pentagram or something you arent being specific



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