Five Score and Seven Years Ago [CD/DVD]

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All Music Guide - Jared Johnson
At times sophisticated, redeeming, and preposterously silly, Relient K crafted a masterpiece of punk-based power pop on Five Score and Seven Years Ago, their fifth album in -- guess how long. The quintet's mature yet playful fare fell far from the fleeting superficiality that has plagued dozens of sound-alike groups. Frontman Matt Thiessen once again showed his knack for constructing a cohesive yet wildly diverse album of radio rock that satisfies every camp, from the band's grassroots Christian fans to the thousands who were introduced to them on the Vans Warped Tour. The album debuted at number six on the Billboard 200, a handsome feat considering the bandmembers still ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jared Johnson
At times sophisticated, redeeming, and preposterously silly, Relient K crafted a masterpiece of punk-based power pop on Five Score and Seven Years Ago, their fifth album in -- guess how long. The quintet's mature yet playful fare fell far from the fleeting superficiality that has plagued dozens of sound-alike groups. Frontman Matt Thiessen once again showed his knack for constructing a cohesive yet wildly diverse album of radio rock that satisfies every camp, from the band's grassroots Christian fans to the thousands who were introduced to them on the Vans Warped Tour. The album debuted at number six on the Billboard 200, a handsome feat considering the bandmembers still considered themselves "under the radar" at the time. One of the most striking differences between this and their early work is the appearance of love songs that end up happy. Lead single "Must Have Done Something Right" is a buoyant ode to healthy relationships using the band's trademark wit: "We should get jerseys/'Cause we make a good team." Tracks like "Up and Up," "I'm Taking You with Me," and "The Best Thing" are more earnest and positive than fans may typically expect. Other highlights include "Faking My Own Suicide" and the 11-minute album closer, "Deathbed," the latter of which was compared to every theatrical rock epic from the Who's "A Quick One While He's Away" to "Bohemian Rhapsody." Producer Howard Benson (Hoobastank, My Chemical Romance, All-American Rejects) added a radio-friendly sheen to every track. Rather than use the genre as a crutch, Relient K showed that a punk-pop record could truly be innovative and memorable with Five Score.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/6/2007
  • Label: Capitol
  • UPC: 094638463429
  • Catalog Number: 84634

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Pleading the Fifth (1:13)
  2. 2 Come Right out and Say It (3:00)
  3. 3 I Need You (3:18)
  4. 4 The Best Thing (3:28)
  5. 5 Forgiven (4:05)
  6. 6 Must Have Done Something Right (3:19)
  7. 7 Give Until There's Nothing Left (3:27)
  8. 8 Devastation and Reform (3:41)
  9. 9 I'm Taking You with Me (3:28)
  10. 10 Faking My Own Suicide (3:23)
  11. 11 Crayons Can Melt on Us for All I Care (0:12)
  12. 12 Bite My Tongue (3:30)
  13. 13 Up and Up (4:03)
  14. 14 Deathbed (11:05)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Relient K Primary Artist
Howard Benson Keyboards, Hammond Organ
Paul DeCarli Harmonica
Chris Carmichael Violin, Viola
John Warne Bass, Vocals
Ned Brower Vocals
Hatsukazu "Hatch" Inagaki Tuba
Matthew Thiessen Organ, Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Trombone, Trumpet, Euphonium, French Horn, Vocals, Penny Whistle, Toy Piano
Josh Auer Vocals
Matthew Hoopes Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals
Jonathan Schneck Guitar, Vocals
Ethan Luck Drums
David Douglas Drums, Vocals
Carol Robinowitz Cello
Jon Foreman Vocals
Technical Credits
Chris Lord-Alge Producer
Howard Benson Programming, Producer
Paul DeCarli Digital Editing
Ted Jensen Mastering
Mike Plotnikoff Engineer
Eric Roinestad Art Direction
Hatsukazu "Hatch" Inagaki Engineer
Matthew Thiessen Composer, Producer
Jon Nicholson Drum Technician
Megan Steinman Art Direction
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