For bands that have been around for such a long time it is not uncommon to see them take a more adventurous route in order to keep their creativity and excitement alive. Relient K, who have been around now for over a decade, are no exception to this, as is proved with their latest record entitled Collapsible Lung. Keeping that in mind I’d say that this is the most surprising record we have seen from them to date.
There has been a lot of controversy surrounding this record due to the fact that many people think that it is too far off from the Relient K we have come to know and love. In a way I agree, I mean this record is seriously different, but it actually isn’t bad at all, it just isn’t what we are used to. Besides the great difference between each song on the record, the biggest difference I think in comparison to previous records that they have released is the songwriting.
Eight of the eleven tracks feature co-writers such as Ari Levine (Cee Lo Green, Bruno Mars), Fernando Garibay (Lady Gaga), and Evan Bogart (Beyonce, Rihanna). With this in mind, it makes more sense to me as to why this record has such a wide variety within itself and why as a whole the record doesn’t necessarily fir together perfectly. In addition the lyrics lack a certain purposeful framework. In this record we find tracks related to dysfunctional relationships (“Boomerang,” “Gloria,” “Disaster”), life regrets (“Lost Boy,” “PTL”) and reflections on happy times (“Don’t Blink,” “If I Could Take You Home,” “When You Were My Baby”), resulting in what I think is a record that is too incoherent and not what you would expect from a seasoned band such as this.
And do you know what? I don’t even care. I love this record. It is the kind of record that you can sing along to and jam to in traffic. If you ask me, I think the Christian music scene needs more records like this one. Some people may think that the lyrics in this album have too much of a worldly view, but if you ask me that is just what this world needs. What society often doesn’t understand is that Christians suffer with everyday problems just like everybody else and this is the kind of record that will appeal to non-Christians. I am a firm believer that music is the best way to reach people, and so an album such as this is quite possibly one of the best ways from believers to reach out to non-believers.
That’s just me however; regardless I think that this is just an insanely fun pop record that will be one of my favorites of the year.
I really enjoyed this week’s Song of The Week: “Don’t Blink”
Stay flawless Tyrannosaurus