This album came out on a day when I was feeling the weight of the world beginning to crush. I heard "Don't Blink" and literally almost broke down, but it put such a nice smile on my face. I love this album. Gloria is such a fucking jam.
While this was not exactly what I was hoping for in a Relient K record, I can't deny that there are some good tracks here... and much respect for writing the album he needed to, regardless of others' expectations
I'm not as disappointed in this album as many others seem to be, so I think this review is right on par with my opinions. Definitely some great tracks here though, the title track especially might be one of my favorite RK songs ever.
Thanks for the copy-editing. Fixing it now. As far as you liking the first three, that's totally what meshes with your palate. For me, they're all throwaways.
It's also Jon Foreman rather than Forefoman. A nice review though.
I don't think the first half is as bad as you, but that middle one-two punch of 'Can't Complain' and 'Gloria' are what drags it down for me. But overall a decent and very catchy album. I'm enjoying it in the summer sun!
Personally, I was most let down by the lyrics. Thiessen has always been able to turn a phrase but for most of this album I felt like I was just hearing cliches and anti-personal lyrics all around. Not to say that there aren't moments: "Collapsible Lung", "Don't Blink", and "Sweeter" (among others) have some great moments. Overall, though, I found many of his lines extremely derivative and forgetful.
I like Don't Blink and Lost Boy, actually, and as far as this album goes, I don't think Gloria is that bad. Can't Complain is the absolute worst song in this band's catalogue, though, IMO. RK is my favorite band and I think I would have been a little more harsh on it. I've been very critical of this album since it leaked and I'm still extremely disappointed with it (and that they apparently plan on having the next album be in the same vein as this one) but it' still a fun pop album and it's definitely nowhere near unlistenable. Just doesn't have the quality or staying power of their other work, mostly because of the lyrics. It's very shallow and has virtually do depth minus the title track and Don't Blink.
I wanted to love this album; being a long-time fan, I felt a loyalty to the band, to back this album regardless of negative reviews.
It has its moments of brilliance in "Don't Blink", "When You Were My Baby" and "Collapsible Lung", but fell a little short as an entire album. It became one of the only Relient K albums that I could not listen to from beginning to end; it requires a few skips ("Can't Complain", "Gloria" and "PTL" for me).
In the end, it is what it is: a fun summer album to play with the car windows down. I probably won't be anticipating its vinyl release anytime soon.