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Matt Thiessen isolated himself in the remote town of Winchester, Tennessee for three months to write these tunes, but don’t expect one of those sad-guy-weeping-into-an-acoustic-guitar albums. The title track opens explosively, countering deep introspective lyrics with up-tempo power-pop that pedals fast toward the light at the end of the tunnel. (Tim Skipper from House of Heroes provides a mellow backing vocal). “I Don’t Need a Soul” is another standout with its unpredictable structure, clever use of piano, glass-half-full lyrics and contagious melodies. Forget and Not Slow Down marks Relient k’s sixth studio outing, but it’s their first since the 2007 departure of drummer Dave Douglas. (Ethan Luck of the O. C. Supertones is his replacement). Thiessen also chose to give Forget and Not Slow Down an organic and natural sound. Choosing not to record this time with MIDI or synthesizers, he's stated that he wanted to reflect the “classic” ‘90s sonicity of a Counting Crows or Foo Fighters album. “Therapy” boasts some arpeggio picking that’s as dexterous as it is catchy but “(If You Want It)” showcases Thiessen’s best lyrical work.

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i doubt many will agree.... maybe it's just cause i found them with their debut album years ago and stayed with them long enough to see the changes they have made... i dont know. it's not that they shouldn't grow as musicians and men... but it's not the same sound or ministry that it was... like i said- most will probably disagree and that's cool- just my thought. ( i do wonder how many people who love them now have been listening to them since the self-titled or 'anatomy...' ) regardless it's like going to see your favorite actor in a movie you heard is a flop. if you love them you will still enjoy it even though it's not their best work.... so this Relient K is still better than no Relient K.

Heavy, heartfelt, and honest

Think mmHmm part 2. The album is emotional and bittersweet - honest with the pain of love gone wrong, but intent on seeing the positive in life and moving forward. The lyrics are nothing short of outstanding.

It's more of a 10 track album than a 15 track album, as 14/15 are really one song split into two, and tracks 4,6,10,12 are outro tracks that give a slow ending to the songs preceding them. But that's not to say the album feels short; it feels complete and the 10 songs are all excellent. "Sahara" & "Savannah" have a bit of a different style and move outside of Relient K's familiar territory, and therefore may take a few listens to fully appreciate. "Candlelight" is the one feel good, happy song on the album, and is used as a lead-in to give context to the next song, "Part Of It" which goes on to say "It's not the end of the world / just you and me"

One of Relient K's strongest albums to date, and certainly their most personal. Strongly recommended, and to those who can relate to the lyrics, even more so.

Bears, Beats, Battlestar Gallactica

Relient K, you old softy. This album is fantastically done. I enjoy the new direction. I've never been so happy to be so sad. That is all I have to say.


Formed: 1998 in Canton, OH

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Canton, Ohio's Relient K formed in 1998 and joined the parade of Christian punk-pop artists (MxPx, Ghoti Hook, Slick Shoes) with their self-titled 2000 debut, mixing catchy melodies and snotty attitude with spiritual concerns. The record was produced by dc Talk guitarist Mark Townsend, and the band was comprised of vocalist/guitarist/pianist Matt Thiessen, guitarist Matthew Hoopes, bassist Brian Pittman, and drummer Stephen Cushman. David Douglas joined up in place of Cushman by the year's end, and...
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