See, I can understand young RK being terrible. Matt was a teenager and super into god and youth group and being cheesy. He was young, just like the band and the lyrics reflected that. And over the years, each release was leaps and bounds better lyrically than what came before. You don't find a degression in lyrical quality as you move down their discography.
This is what people are complaining about. The music is fine, like everyone has said RK has always had some sort of pop laying underneath their songs. It's not surprising to hear synths in an RK release, what is surprising is that they chose now to do so. After the most instrumentally "pure" record they've done, with the most orchestration (other than Deathbed), and the most meaningful lyrics they've ever done, they follow it up with just words.
They don't mean anything, they don't ignite some passion from inside Thiessen, they don't inspire or cause me to sing out in my car, tingling inside because I can feel what Matt feels, no. They don't do anything. No line serves a purpose, no phrase holds any weight. It's just words. Not even words from Matt, they're just words from people who were apart of the process. It's disappointing. I get that Matt wanted a buffer, I really do. I would be fine if they kept all the same songs and the music, but a buffer record doesn't have to be flat and trite. He can still sing fun pop songs with substance. He just didn't do it.
And you know what, I really don't even care. I don't listen to this record any more. RK isn't even releasing it in stores. They don't seem to really care either. And I've talked to people. Matt knows what he did and is doing. He gets it. But, it's something he said he had to do. And I trust Matt, I'm just disappointed that he thought this was good enough to release. However, I get the sense that the next record is going to more than make up for this one small blip on an otherwise great run for the band.
Really, really well said.
As for that bold part - I find that really interesting. I know you've been saying you know people who know that band so your insight has been interesting to hear. What do you mean by "he knows what he did and is doing?" You're right - if he completely gets where people are coming from with their disappointment/confusion about this album (or maybe he even agrees with it?) I find it very odd, maybe even unsettling, that he wanted to release it in the first place.