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All six Relient K CDs, ranked.

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

All six Relient K CDs, ranked.

All of Relient K's CDs RANKED
(Excluding every time they re-released that Christmas CD) (And EPs)

 

6. Five Score and Seven Years Ago (2007)

Now, granted, when I did my initial write up for this CD back in '07, I gave it a glowing review. But even in those paragraphs, a nagging discomfort with the album as a whole was apparent. Well, "One Forget and Not Slow Down, and Three Years Later," hindsight proves this one to be a quick detour for an otherwise stellar career. At least even when Matthew Thiessen is writing his least-great CD, he's clear about his intentions. With lyrics like "Why don't you come right out and say it?" and "And I know that it's so cliche..." we're made aware of the fact that this is Relient K's most direct, simplistic CD- not that we really needed to be told. But at least he warns us. Half the songs are about this girl he was crazy about. Good for him, bad for us. The whole thing just sounds kind of off. There are some good tracks mixed in with the bunch ("Faking My Own Suicide," "Give, and "Up and Up,"), but Five Score... just sounds off balance and haphazard. It's something they would have gotten away with earlier in the decade, but not by 2007. Some of the lyrics are signature Thiessen and stand their ground against some of his best writing, and some of it is literally awful, particularly anything relating to how in love he is with his girl. And then there's that over indulgent, eleven minute "Deathbed" song that had everyone in a tizzy because FINALLY Relient K got back to their Christian roots! What? What band had these people been listening to for seven years? Did anyone actually listen to this song? It was boring. So was this CD.

5. Relient K (2000) Does anyone remember what it was like when Relient K showed up? It was exciting. There was cool Christian rock music to listen to. It wasn't too heavy, it wasn't too weird, it was just fun. It was some kind of pop/punk rock that hadn't really touched Christian music yet at that point- at least not with the impact that Relient K was threatening to bring. "Hello McFly," "My Girlfriend," "Wake Up Call,"... Christian music was finally cool. And the dark, stellar "Softer to Me" was a glimpse of the honest, reflective writing that would become Thiessen's trademark. Not much substance; mostly fun and goofy, but still one of my favorite CDs to listen to when I'm feeling nostalgic.

4. The Anatomy of the Tongue and Cheek (2001) The excitement and anticipation surrounding this CD was unmatched at the time. And Relient K delivered. The songs were still goofy and fun, but Thiessen started developing his real songwriting chops on this one. The songs became more spiritual in nature, not just in name. Definitely as the album title describes, this one contains probably the most pop culture references of any Relient K CD to date (Thundercats, Mr. Ed, etc.), but songs like "For the Moment, I Feel Faint," were honest, sincere looks at faith and God. Thiessen has always had a knack for taking a tough personal issue and resolving it by song's end.

3. mmhmm (2004) Definitely their darkest album to date, mmhmm is hard to stick in third, but, really there are two others I enjoy more, somehow. So here it finds itself. Thiessen continued to mature as writer and wordsmith on this, their fourth CD. This was also the first CD of theirs not to include some sort of goofy, throw away track (Not even a hidden track!). Relient K meant business, this time. The lyrical maturity is all over it, and the music never sounded better. So many classic tracks came off of this one... I started to list them, but erased it when it just became a track listing. Really, the only drawback is (surprise, surprise) the one track devoted to whoever he was dating at this point ("My Girl's Ex-Boyfriend") which just sort of sounds bland and out of place on an otherwise dark, earthy release. Oh, and the fact that "More Than Useless" and "Who I am hates Who I've Been" sound pretty much identical. But I'm being picky.

2. Two Lefts Don't Make a Right... But Three Do (2003) This one is the perfect blend of fun and heart. Again, so many classic songs came off Relient K's third release. It's hard to sum this one up in words. It just has that X factor to it that makes it stellar. And it just hit at the perfect time. For me, it kind of marks the end of the "glory days" of Tooth & Nail and the like. Maybe it's just because I was 15 at the time it released, and it was just perfect for that time in my life. But nostalgia aside, this is the release that brought us the popular answer for "best Relient K song ever" in the form of "I Am Understood?" Really, Thiessen was unmatched in his ability to craft a song at this point. Only he could pull off a song with an opening lyric as simple and honest as "Sometimes it's embarrassing to talk to You" and then bring it home with a chorus so resounding, so heartbreakingly truthful, that seven years later, it still brings a tear to the eye. Aside from the rich spiritual themes found throughout, this was the last time Relient K played the goof-off card, and it was a fitting farewell.

1. Forget and Not Slow Down (2009) It was hard not to rank Two Lefts... number one, and harder still to rank a CD that hasn't even been out for a year yet higher than all the rest, but that is a testament to the treat that is Forget and Not Slow Down. In a nutshell, the girl Thiessen spend half of his last album ranting and raving about dumped him, and then he wrote his whole next album about it. Popular wisdom would say that the former release would be a lot better than the latter. But a breakup apparently made Thiessen a lot more reflective than did relationship bliss. It's a little bittersweet that it took a breakup to get him to write his best record of his career, but hey, it's the truth. Of all the Relient K CDs, this is the most honest, most heartbreaking, most hopeful, most spiritual, most conceptual, and most sincere. Somewhere in every Relient K record, Thiessen likes to state his intentions. This one is simply therapy. Without even trying, Thiessen wears his heart on his sleeve with an album that is written like a fifteen-track prayer. For those experiencing this kind of loss, it is therapy too. And for those in happy relationships, it provides perspective with lyrics like "I don't need a soul to hold. Without you, I'm still whole. You and life remain beautiful." The contrast between Five Score... and Forget... is so stark, so drastic, it's hard to believe they sit next to each other on the discography shelf. It took a poor outing to give us all the details about his self-proclaimed "Best Thing," but we find out he's "Over It" on his best one to date.

That's my list... where would you guys rank them?

- Josh

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Comments

1. Mary said...

Good blog! You had some great thoughts in here on one of my favorite bands in the industry.

My ranking would be like this:
6. Relient K
5. Anatomy
4. Mmhmm
3. Two Lefts
2. Five Score
1. Forget and Not Slow Down

I am still really attached to Five Score, but that might be because I have a lot of memories attached to the songs. It's hard for me to even rank these, because I like all of the albums so much

2. Ian said...

Im sorry but I disagree with a lot of the opinions on this post. I love relient k and I would say this should be the order

1. Mmhmm

2. Forget and Not Slow Down

3. Two Lefts dont make a right....but three do

4(tie). Five Score and seven years ago & The Anatomy of tongue and cheek

5. Relient k

3. Josh Taylor said...

Mary- I know what you mean! That's how I feel about "Two Lefts..." Can't really put my finger on it but it's got some great memories attached to it :D

Ian- What opinions don't you agree with? Our lists look really similar!

4. Scott said...

I'm not a huge Relient K fan by any means, but I was very underwhelmed with Forget and Not Slow Down. Five Score would probably be my top pick of their albums, but then again, I don't consider them a favorite of mine, so I don't feel TOO entitled to an opinion.

5. Dan said...

Well, haven't listened to every Relient K album but i'd say we're on the same lines, i would deffinitly put Forget... at the top... I remember the first time i listened to the album, without really even hearing the lyrics, jsut taking in the feelings of the song i went "wow, this is such a mature way to deal with loss"... and that's what good music will do, no matter what langauge someone speaks they'll get the same message from the song because of it's feel, and i feel that almost every song on Forget... does that.

6. Drew said...

For years I have trumpeted the fact that I am Relient K's biggest fan; I am proud to say I own every CD and EP and have listened to them multiple times.
That being said, I agree with (almost) every opinion expressed; however there are a few things I have to admit. Five Score came to me as I was just getting into that awkward dating phase (haha we were all there once), so every song about a girl I absolutely loved. Sure, looking back, it wasn't their best work to date, and it might actually deserve to be at the bottom. BUT Theissen has a way of being honest in his lyrics, and it was the perfect CD for me at that time.
And I honestly consider Deathbed to be one of my favorite songs by Relient k of all time. It feels like an epic and is written with the same quirkiness that made Relient k what they are. And the final conclusion is simply beautiful... call me a sap, but when Jon Foreman cameos at the end, it always makes me think about Christ and his ever-redeeming love. But then again, we all have our opinions.

And dare I ask if anyone could EVER list the best Relient k songs of all time...

7. Jeremy said...

I remember going to the christian bookstore after school when I was a senior in high school to pick up the new FIF album (All the Hype...) on release day, and also picking up a new release from a new punk band on Gotee while there - so I can say I got the first Relient K album on release day. (Actually I got all of these albums on release day, with the exception of mmhmm, which I didn't get until the following Friday) My order would be drastically different than yours, however. I would agree with Forget... at the top, but after that I would go with Anatomy... at #2, Five Score... at #3, mmhmm at #4, S/T at #5, and Two Lefts... at #6. Forget and not slow down pretty much speaks for itself, with it's maturity and diversity. I remember the excitement that came with the musical step forward that was The Anatomy of Tongue in Cheek, and I still feel that excitement when I listen to it to this day. Five Score and Seven Years Ago is probably the Relient K album I've listened to the most times, and it has never gotten old for me (although I'll admit that Deathbed doesn't have a lot of value after the first listen). Mmhmm is a very solid album from start to finish; it was a step forward in production and musicianship, but in a discography this strong it just ends up as a sort of middle of the road album. The debut is what it is, a fun album from a young, energetic, clever bunch of guys. As far as Two Lefts don't make a right...but three do, I liked that album the first few spins, but it just didn't have a whole lot of staying power for me. It's not an album I find myself going back to at all today (although I agree that "I am understood?" is a good song). That's my take, from someone who's been following the band since they hit the national scene over 10 years ago now!

8. Darin said...

Great list, except I love the song Deathbed, but whatever. haha
Relient K is my favorite band so I am glad you made this list.
Here's mine.
6. Relient K
5. The Anatomy of the Tounge in Cheek
4. Five Score and Seven Years Ago
3. Two Lefts Don't Make a Right...But Three Do
2. Forget and Not Slow Down
1. MMHMM
There!

9. Paul P said...

I have to disagree with the placing by the blogger. Granted I am not the biggest fan of Relient K, but I am ranking these albums based on artistry and maturity. Forget and Not Slown is by far RK's mellowest punk album and feels like a continuation of songs like "Must Have Done Something Right" or "Forgiven" in a musical sense from the album Five Score and Seven Years Ago. Not a bad thing, but I feel the longevity of members John Warne and John Schneck in the band since after the release of Mmhmm has slowed them down as far as energy and charisma goes. Sorry to say, but I feel Brian Pittman and Dave Douglas' departure a few years ago had a semi-bitter ending to it. Regardless, here's my list:

1. Mmhmm - To me, Relient K was at the pinnacle of their career when they released this album. It showed a more serious and somewhat haunting side of Matt Thiessen, but still kept it fun and energetic all the way through.
2. Five Score and Seven Years Ago - Honestly, I was skeptical about this album at first glance because the first single "Must Have Done Something Right" seemed kind of corny and too radio-friendly. Thankfully, the rest of the album did not hold true to that song.
3. The Anatomy of the Tongue in Cheek - Despite its release being 2 years after I had graduated high school, it ranks in being one of my favorite Christian punk releases of 2001. Several great songs like "We're Going Down in Flames," "Failure to Excommunicate," "I'm Lion-O," and "Those Words Are Not Enough."
4. Two Lefts Don't Make a Right, But Three Do - I normally would have ranked this higher, but the reason I didn't is because all of the band members were all well into their 20's when this album released. I found it a little cliche to write songs about mood rings, staying inside to listen to Jefferson Airplane, and the seemingly "Sadie Hawkins Dance" sequel "In Love With the 80's (Pink Tux to the Prom)." It has its moments, but not as memorable as the albums ranked above it.
5. Self-Titled - Had I not heard of Relient K until they soared to the big time with Mmhmm, their self titled effort would not be on my list due to my lack of knowledge of its sound. Most young bands don't normally peak after one album, and this release was no exception. I did find it funny though how RK eventually quit playing "My Girlfriend" live due to the notion that they were getting sick of hearing the same song being shouted out at every concert.
6. Forget and Do Not Slow Down - First off, let me say that I do not own this album, but I have heard enough of it to make a judgment call on it. I actually was excited about this album seeing as Ethan Luck was going to be filling the drummer's spot. However, he was only allowed to play as hard as the rest of the music was, which means he had to tone down his style from his days with The Dingees. Many enjoyed the change, but it just makes me yearn for more of the "Mmhmm" era.

10. Brian said...

For me it's hard to rank Relient K cd's bc one of them has to be last and in my mind there is no "last place" with Relient K albums. I really can't even try. The thing i love about Relient K is that they have grown up and matured their sound as i have grown up and my musical tastes have changed as well. Their subject matter always meets me where i'm at like no there band does.

11. bcm4134 said...

No, this is the order.

6 Self-titled
5 Two Lefts
4 Forget and Not Slow Down
3 Anatomy
2 MmmHmm
1 Five Score

12. Corey said...

Ditto Paul P. My ranking exactly, and for pretty similar reasons. MMHMM is #1, and Forget... is #6.

13. Josh Taylor said...

I want to respond to all of these comments but I don't know where to start- I love all the feedback. Keep these coming and in a few days, I'll compile of JfH Viewers list of the Relient K CDs ranked. sounds like it'd be very different from mine!

I will say to Drew, commenter number 6, that a list of the best Relient K songs would be fun to put together...hmmmm....

14. Yohannisberg said...

Considering Forget And Not Slow Down bored me to death, and the fact that Matt Thiessen CHEATED on his ex-fiance (http://www.mlive.com/entertainment/detroit/index.ssf/2009/08/podcast_mojo_in_the_morning_sh.html), I barely even view FANSD as an RK album.
6. Forget And Not Slow Down
5. MMHMM
4. Relient K
3. Five Score And Seven Years Ago
2. The Anatomy of the Tongue in Cheek
1. Two Lefts Don't Make A Right... But Three Do

And "Deathbed" is actually a very powerful song- to me.

15. Bradley said...

6. Anatomy
5. Forget and Not Slow Down
4. Mmhmm
3. Relient K
2. Five Score
1. Two Lefts
i just don't think of F&NSD as much of an enjoyable listen all the way through. it has a few good songs, but it's also too short in length. they overdid the intros and outros. i like their previous pop/punk sound better.
and i also disagree about deathbed. deathbed really shows off matt's writing skills. i mean, that song is awesomely written.

16. Roger said...

*sigh* I still haven't quite made up my mind about a lot of this, but here's my potential list:

6. Relient K
They were just figuring out their niche here.
5. The Anatomy...
Better identified here, but their best was still to come.
4. Four Score...
I can't say it's honestly their WORST work. It's very polished, and way better in production value than their former work. Somewhat cheesy lyrics aside, they're some of the most well-written of the genre even so (Besides, it's better than a LOT of equivalent Top-40 stuff on the same subject). And I still like "Deathbed"; I liked it then, I like it now.
3. Two Lefts...
This one just has classic written all over it.
2. Forget And Not Slow Down
1. Mmhmm
I'm hesitant to make those the top two, because Mmhmm has always been one of my all-time favorite albums, so when Forget and Not Slow Down came around, I was surprised, but I guess I still don't know how it really stacks up to Mmhmm. Hmmmmm... ;) I still gotta give that more thought.

17. Kody said...

1.Mmhmm
2.Two-lefts...
3.The Anatomy
4.Five Score and Seven Years Ago
5.Forget and not Slow Down
6.Relient K

18. JMAN said...

6. Anatomy : I honestly cannot listen to this album. It took the cornyness and cheesiness that was sort of fun in the first one, and made it tired and lame. For me, it's a sophomore slump. Favorite song: Sadie Hawkins Dance.

5. Self-titled: An ok first album for a young band. The cheesiness was sort of funny and enjoyable. Not all the songs were good, but a few were. Favorite song: Nancy Drew.

4. Five Score: This was a good album, and the first album that I heard from Relient K. The problem is that it takes the catchy popiness of MMHMM, but removes the punk edge. There is no longer any bite or anger in Matt Thiessen's voice, and it takes away from the album. Favorite song: Up And Up or Bite My Tongue.

3. Two Lefts: The first great Relient K, it is CD that I listen to alot, especially during the summer. The songs are funny and insightful without being corny or cheesy. Matt Thiessen really comes out of his shell as a brilliant lyricist on this album, and almost all of the songs are superb. Favorite songs: Getting Into You, In Love With The 80s, Mood Rings, etc.

2. Forget And Not Slow Down: An amazing break-up album, dripping with emotion and honesty. Every instrument is played to perfection, and Ethan Luck surpasses Dave in the drumming department. This album was essentialy a direct look into Thiessen's brain, and it's brilliant. Favorite songs: Oasis/Savannah/Baby, Over It, everything else (except maybe Saharah)

1. MMHMM: To be honest, it was hard to place this one over Forget, because they are both the band's best album in my mind. MMHMM wins out though, because it finds the perfect balance between pop and punk. The lyrics are an emotional rollercoaster, and everybody can relate to at least one of the songs. Thiessen's voice alters with the feel of the song (more bite when angry, more mellow and soft when sad). The guitar riffs are ridiculously good and unforgettable in all the songs. This is truly an album that never gets old, and just becomes better and more timeless with every listen. Favorite songs: More Than Useless, Who I Am Hates Who I've Been, This Week The Trend, every other song on the album.

19. lotreaglesfan said...

1) Mmhmm - this was the first Relient K cd that I owned. I loved every moment of it.
2) Two Lefts Don't Make A Right... But Three Do
3) The Anatomy of the Tongue in Cheek
4) Forget and Not Slow Down
5) Five Score and Seven Years Ago
6) Relient K

Favorite Relient K Songs (of all time): Come Right Out and Say It, The Best Thing, Forgivin, Must Have Done Something Right, Deathbed, The Scene and the Herd, The Lining is Silver, Who I Am Hates Who I've Been, Hope for Every Fallen Man, I Celebrate the Day, Chap Stick..., Mood Rings, Forward Motion, College Kids, Getting Into You, Be My Escape, High of 75, I So Hate Consequences, Which to Bury, Us or the Hatch/Let it all Out, Less is More, Wake Up Call, Sadie Hawkins Dance... there are prob a lot more I'm forgetting lol

20. Jon Jacquet said...

gotta chime in:

1: MMHMM
2: Two Lefts...
3: Five Score
4:Anatomy
5: Forget
6: Relient K

21. Chadley said...

6) Self-titled
5) Two Lefts...
4) Anatomy...
3) Five Score...
2) mmHmm
1) Forget and not...

22. Carter said...

have never heard self titled, but ive heard some songs off of it and they all sounded pretty bad compared to their other stuff. so i'll put it last, but know ive never heard the whole thing.

6. Relient K
5. mmhmm
4. Five Score....
3. Two Lefts....
2. Forget and Not Slow Down
1. Anatomy....

mmhmm is one of the most overrated albums ever, forget... took about 5 months to grow on me (or maybe it just took that long for me to be able to relate...) anatomy is just so awesome.

23. Carter said...

we should do this for switchfoot next. that would be interesting.

24. Ben said...

I don't listen to Relient K enough to have much of an opinion, I've only listened to three of their CDs (not counting Christmas ones) all the way through: "Forget and Not Slow Down", "MmmHmmm" and "Five Score...". Of those, I like "Forget..." the most, then "MmmHmmm", then "Five Score...". But I can't really rate them that well, since, like some of the people above me, Relient K isn't one of my favorite bands.

But my brother, whoo boy, when he saw the posted list, he just about exploded. He was a huge Relient K fan at once point, still enjoys their music very much, and considers "Five Score..." Relient K's pinnacle of musical creation, ESPECIALLY Deathbed, and "Forget and Not Slow Down" to be their worst except for their self-titled one. He considers "Forget..." cheap, under-produced, cliched, and above all, boring.

That's just his opinion, which, incidentally, lead him to saying "Whoever wrote that review doesn't know what they're talking about at all. What, is he just ranking his personal favorites and saying that they're the best? And what sort of n00b (his words, not mine) ranks their newest CD their best? And, Deathbed wasn't good for the Christianity of it, it was for the MUSIC."

I don't agree with him about how bad "Forget..." is, I personally like the CD very much. But I am interested as to how on earth "Five Score..." ranked below their self-titled album. I've heard tracks from the latter, and I had to hold my ears. I don't like "Five Score..." all that much, but there is no way it's THAT bad.

25. Jeremy P. said...

6-Forget and Not Slow Down
5-Five Score
4-Anatomy of Tongue and Cheek
3-self-titled
2-mmhmm
1-Two lefts

26. Samuel Sampson said...

6)Forget and Not Slow Down- in my opinion, a bit of a depressing album, since it is about a breakup.
4)(tie) Mmhmm and Relient K- I both love these albums but something just seems to be missing in both
3) Two Lefts
2) Five Score
1) Anatomy- rated 1st for its quirkiness and because it really shows much progression from the self-titled record which was only released a year before

27. Brett said...

6. Five Score
5. Relient K
4. Forget and Not Slow Down
3. MMHMM
2. Two Lefts...
1. The Anatomy of the Tongue In Cheek

The Anatomy was the first stuff I ever heard from rK and it will always be my favorite. Also, you can tell that I tend to like rK's older stuff a little more. Don't get me wrong, the new stuff is great, but not quite the same as when I was in high school. Relient K's music basically defined my musical taste throughout high school so that is why two lefts and the anatomy made my top 2.

28. Sean+MC said...

Much as I appreciate your opinion Josh, I have to say that "Deathbed" is one of the greatest songs Relient K has ever done. Come on, it's just epic! My final listing would be:

1. Five Score and Seven Years Ago

2. Anatomy of the Tongue and Cheek

3. Two Lefts Don't Make a Right...But Three Do

4. mmhmm

5. Forget and Not Slow Down

I haven't actually listened to their debut album, so it automatically goes in at no. 6. That said, I am a huge fan of RK, and have special reasons for loving all their albums. As a side note, Let It Snow Baby...Let It Reindeer is my all-time favorite Christmas album.

29. Daniel+Valencia said...

1. Two Lefts - A Timeless Classic
2. Forget and Not Slow Down
3. Anatomy of the Tongue in Cheek
4. Five Score
5. Mmhmm.
6. Relient K

Two Lefts is perfection.Every song stands out, the song writing is beyond excellent, the music is super-complex. I discover something new in this album all the time and I've been listening to it since it came out. Super fun, catchy, plenty of heart. Best RK album

30. michaeljt said...

1. Anatomy of the Tongue- for me this album with stands the test of time!Maybe it was also my age and first becoming a christian that i feel this way. It has such a very inncoent feeling to it. A very light goofy album that throughout offered some deep spiritual content(less is more). It was such a perfect blend that many bands cant even get right on their 7th record release..relient k did it by the 2nd.
2. MMHMM--wow! Lyrically i believe its Theissens best work. Thought provoking
and still had charm. Everytime i listen i gotta put the first track(one im waiting for) on repeat.
3. Two lefts- Shows huge growth from the guys! two words.silly shoes!!!!
4. Five Score- Ilove harmony and this album has so much(plead the 5th). It was a little to bright and just kinda..boring for me. I do believe the highlight and the whole reason to buy this album is the amazing last song deathbed..
5. Forget and not slowdown-I have to say while Josh has very good points I cannot put Forget and Not Slow down number one(i cant even put it as 2,3,4). Musically it is amazing and shows so much growth in the relient k guys. But the lyric content is just down right depressing. Adding to that, in my opinoun i also find more spiritual themed lyrics in almost all their other works...just like the title says..im still trying to forget this album

31. Daniel+Valencia said...

Mr. Josh Taylor, a list of the best songs (25 best maybe? 10?) would be really cool. Consider this a vote for Chapstick... and mood rings... and pink tux... wow.

Once again, Two Lefts proves to be their best, hands down. If you know how to play guitar you also realize how extrememly intricate the music was on this record as compared to the others.

32. Zach said...

MMHMM is their best album hands down.

And then comes Five Score and Forget tied.

And then comes Anatomy.

And then comes Two Lefts.

And then comes Relient K.

Also, I would put the first half of Bird & B-sides (The Nashville Tennis EP) tied with Five Score and Forget.

33. Nathan said...

This is hard to rank because I really like them all...

1. MMHMM
2. Forget and Not Slow Down
3. Anatomy of the Tongue and Cheek
4. Two Lefts Don't Make a Right...But Three Do
5. Five Score and Seven Years Ago
6. Relient K

There actually is a hidden track on MMHMM by the way. It's before the first track. You have to put the CD in and hold down the back/rewind button for a few seconds.

34. Sam said...

Its funny, but I would rank their albums in order of their releases. So:
6 - Relient K
5 - Anatomy of Tongue and Cheek
4 - Two Lefts...
3 - Mmhmm
2 - Five Score
1 - Forget& Not Slow Down

So many memories attached to Relient K songs, its awesome :)

And I love how every album has been different to the past, I'd of been pretty bored if every album was the same as anatomy or two rights...

35. Steven said...

Forget and Not Slow Down? Thought this was a Christian music website. I am being proven wrong more and more each day. :(

36. Daniel said...

I agree with the list. I'd have picked the order too, and I agree it's hard to put Mmhmm third but you were right...

37. Nathaniel said...

Iím pretty sure Relient K threw in a reference to God in Forget And Not Slow Down.
But thatís neither here nor there.

My list (which I believe trumps everyone elseís I might add) is as follows (no disrespect Josh)

1. Anatomy
2. Mmhmm
3. Five Score
4. Forget And Not Slow Down
5. Two Lefts
6. Self titled

38. Matt said...

6. Relient K
5. 2 Lefts...
4. Anatomy...
3. Forget and Not Slow Down
2. Five Score...
1. Mmhmm

39. Josh "The dread pirate roberts" said...

1. Mmhmm
2. Two lefts..
3. Forget and not slow down
4. Anatomy...
5. 5 score...
6. Relient K

40. Carter said...

so at this point we can all agree that we cant agree...

41. John DiBiase said...

I agree with you Carter.... which then means you're wrong?? (haha... it's a paradox)

42. Matt said...

I like Anatomy the best. it has the best mix of humor, meaning and musicality.

43. Josh said...

1. The Anatomy
2. Self- Titled
3. Five Score
4. Two Lefts
5. Mmhmm
6. Forget and Not Slow Down


44. joe m said...

6. Relient K
5. Anatomy...
4. Two Lefts...
3. Five Score and Seven Years Ago
2. Forget and Not Slow Down
1. MMHMM

45. Josh+Taylor said...

Tallying up the results! Expect a blog post soon :)

46. Jordan said...

actually there is a hidden track on MMHMM. play the first track and rewind it to about -00:32.

47. Ian said...

6. Relient K
5. Two lefts...
4. Forget and Not...
3. The Anatomy...
2. 5 Score...
1. MMHMM

48. KATiE said...

I ADORE Relient K!
All time favorite band and I love each of their albums!
They're all unique and special! <3
Anyways, I rank them like this ...

1. Two Lefts...
2. Forget & Not Slow Down
3. Mmhmm
4. 5 Score...
5. The Anatomy...
6. Relient K

(:

49. Josh Zadnik said...

1. Five score
2. Mmhmm
3.The Anatomy
4. Two Lefts...
5. Forget & Not slow down
6. Relient K

I thought you were way to harsh on Five Score. Probably because that was their first album I listened to. Forget and Not Slow down hasn't really grown on me yet. It still seems pretty boring. Probably should listen to it more to get into it.
That being said i love all their music

50. Laz said...

Wow, interesting list! Relient K has been my favorite band since I was eight years old (at the release of their self titled album), though I listen to and enjoy a very wide variety of music. My list is a bit different than yours, and is really in Chronological order.

1. Forget & Not Slow Down
2. Five Scores And Seven Years Ago
3. Mmhmm
4. Two Lefts Don't Make A Right, But Three Do
5. The Anatomy Of Tongue And Cheek
6. Relient K

By the time of Mmhmm, I noticed a trend in my choosing of my favorite album of the time (it'd be hard not to), and I thought that maybe I was just enjoying the most recent album the most simply because it was the newest. However, I soon realized that it was because I was maturing as a person at the same time and speed they were maturing as a band. Their music spoke to me as I grew up; each of their albums being a type of therapy. I love Relient K, and they have yet to make a "bad" album, IMHO.

By the way, I loved Deathbed. One of my favorite off of the album.

51. Irina T said...

You have some good points, but I disagree with a few: I don't consider F&NSD quite a spiritual album. It's a great album both lyrically and musically, BUT the big turn-of for me was it's lack of spiritual content. And Deathbead is just epic...it's such and emotional, beautiful and strong song!!! I really liked Five Score, but it is true some of the songs are cheesy and corny. So here's my own rank:
1-The Bird and the Bee sides [Yes, this is my favorite production of them. There's something so fresh and different and funny and random about this EP that just makes me love it]
2-Mmhmm [Five Score and Mmhmm are so close to me that I almost made a tie between them. But Mmhmm came second just for the way this album's song showed Thiessen's voice versatility and because of the strong spiritual content of this one]
3-Five Score... [Aside the cheesiness of certain songs, Up and Up, Deathbed, Devastation..., Faking..., Give, and many others of this album makes it one of their most spiritual albums. So many of these songs have made me grow. Plus it has the always amusing Crayons can melt on Us for I all Care that always makes me laugh when it pops out in my iPod ]
4- Forget... [For the reason I said above. I LOVE the music, I LOVE the lyrics, but the lack of spirituality disappointed me]
5-The AnatomyÖ [Quite nice album]
6- Two Lefts... [Nice album, but not THAT great.]
7-Self titled album [The only song I liked was My Girlfriend. This is the only RK album I consider as awful]
All in all, I really like most of Relient Kís albums.


52. Nick said...

Ok, I am a Relient K freak, they're about 90% of the music I listen to. To me Relient K is #6, Anatomy is #5 and the rest are all tied for 1st.
What I didn't understand is why you rated Five Score so low and wrote that it was boring and easy lyrics. To me, Five Score had clever lyrics and crafty beats. Also, I think that it did have Christian themes throughout the album. I know as much about Relient K as anybody, and most of the songs WERE indeed Christian based. But, great review. Relient K has never let me down.

53. Steven said...

These guys went from a band that had lyrics that were Christ-centered to a band that you can only defend by stating "I think they referenced God at least once". Others are stating they are ranking them not on lyrical content but on how good the music sounds. I don't even have words to say to that...

54. Bradley said...

@Steven
Musicianship matters also, and their lyrics are still VERY good, even if they aren't what you call "Christ-centered".
They glorify God by making music, even if they don't directly talk about Him. Matt writes about what's going on in his life, and saying that he has to write about God in every single song is like telling him to ignore his feelings about somebody he's in love with, and just write worship songs all day; and he's really good at writing those also. In my opinion, his worship songs are written a lot better than people who write worship songs all the time.

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