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EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

EDITORS’ NOTES

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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Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5

1557 Ratings

NEW RELIENT K WILL NEVER BE OLD RELIENT K TO ME

iheartfuturama,

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

Danny918,

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.

About Relient K

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 Relient K followed up in August 2001 with The Anatomy of the Tongue in Cheek. The album sold 300,000 copies and Relient K's momentum continued to build as they played nearly 200 shows in North America before the year closed out. A third full-length, Two Lefts Don't Make a Right... But Three Do, debuted at number 38 on Billboard's Top 200 album chart upon its release in spring 2003. The band didn't waste any time recording a fourth album; MMHMM, produced by lead singer Thiessen and dc Talk's Townsend and mixed by Tom Lord-Alge, was released in November 2004 by Gotee/Capitol. MMHMM scanned over 51,000 copies sold during its first week, hitting number 15 on the Top 200 and number one for Christian albums. It eventually went gold, Relient K's third consecutive album to do so, and the band's mainstream crossover was in full swing with singles "Be My Escape" and "Who I Am Hates Who I've Been" doing very well on modern rock radio and MTV.

Pittman left the group after MMHMM's release (later going on to play with Inhale/Exhale), and John Warne (ex-Ace Troubleshooter) filled in on bass for touring purposes, becoming a permanent member in 2005. Relient K further added Jonathan Schneck as a third guitarist (who also played banjo and bells) that year, bumping them up to quintet status. With Relient K touring constantly in support of MMHMM, Apathetic EP followed in November 2005 as another treat to hold over fans as the guys readied their next album. Five Score & Seven Years Ago (as in their fifth album in seven years), largely produced by Howard Benson (My Chemical Romance, Less Than Jake), was released in early March 2007. True to form, Relient K set out on a full round of nationwide dates, including spring shows with Mae and Sherwood, before releasing the Christmas-themed album Let It Snow Baby... Let It Reindeer (containing several tracks from the band's previous holiday release, Deck the Halls, Bruise Your Hand) later that fall. In October, Douglas announced that he would be leaving Relient K to dedicate himself full-time to his side project Gypsy Parade. He was replaced in early 2008 by Ethan Luck, who would accompany the group during its appearances on that year's Warped Tour. In July, the group released the B-side album The Bird and the Bee Sides, which was packaged with The Nashville Tennis EP. The band released its sixth studio album, Forget and Not Slow Down, in 2009.

Two seven-song covers EPs, titled K Is for Karaoke, Pt. 1 and Pt. 2, appeared in 2011. Later combined into one single LP release, K Is for Karaoke included their takes on hits from the likes of Cyndi Lauper, the Wallflowers, Cake, Toto, and Stone Temple Pilots. Their next set of original music wouldn't arrive until 2013. During recording, Luck parted ways with the band, his vacated slot filled a couple months later by the very drummer he replaced, David Douglas. The band's seventh LP, Collapsible Lung, was released that summer, peaking at number 16 on the Billboard 200. Their eighth effort would also fair well. Produced by Mark Lee Townsend, Air for Free featured the single "Look on Up" and debuted at number 44 on the Billboard 200, topping the Christian chart. ~ Steve Huey

  • ORIGIN
    Canton, OH
  • FORMED
    1998

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