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Five Score and Seven Years Ago
     

Five Score and Seven Years Ago

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by Relient K
 

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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

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/06/2007
Label:
Capitol
UPC:
0094637059227
catalogNumber:
70592

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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
Marc VanGool   Pedal Steel Guitar
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
Mike Plotnikoff   Engineer
Eric Roinestad   Art Direction
Hatsukazu "Hatch" Inagaki   Engineer
Marc VanGool   Guitar Techician
Matthew Thiessen   Composer,Producer
Jon Nicholson   Drum Technician
Megan Steinman   Art Direction

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4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
fav songs on the album: plead the fifth, i must have done something right, crayons can melt on us for all i care, and deathbed. BUY THIS!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am so excited for this!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album was definitely the best out of all the Relient K albums so far. It's so full of energy and is very uplifting, and yet there are also some serious topics addressed, in a positive way. The lyrics are once again, incredible, and they are so easy to relate to. From significant others to the hope we have when we die, this album covers it all. I highly suggest purchasing it. It's definitely worth it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i absolutley love the cd! it totally calms me down when i listen to it. You'll totally enjoy it once you listen to it.
pianogirl More than 1 year ago
relient k is deffinatley one of my favorite bands ( Switchfoot being the first) Relient k plays some awsome christian music and thier songs give off that kind of happy vibe that we have all heard at least a couple of times in our lives. anyway this is the only cd i have of thiers but i plan on buying some more. now im not going to be one of these people that go on and on about why you should buy this cd. im just saying (plain and siple) if you like up-lifting christian music at a fast pace you should tottaly buy this cd. P.S. God bless!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Relient K has done it again. The guys really stretched themselves this time, with even more of their talent showing on "Five Score and Seven Years Ago." This is a must-have for every Relient K fan out there.
Heavy_Metal_Sushi More than 1 year ago
I have been a long time Relient K fan, ever since they first started out on their self titled debut. They remain to this day to be one of my favorite names in Christian music, though I have a lot of favorite names in Christian music, but still. Hehe. I finally just got around to getting this album...FINALLY! I must say, this is another excellent musical venture by the group. I still have yet to get the group's latest one as well, but rest assured, it will be one of the next ones I get. If you're into pop/punk with funny stuff, but also a positive message, then my friends...this group is for you! Even if you aren't Christian and not that much into Christian music, but like punk, these guys are still great! Go and pick up this or any Relient K album and see for yourself! You won't be disappointed...so long as your into the whole pop/punk thing anyway. God bless!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Five Score and Seven Years Ago, the fifth full-length release by Relient K, is without a doubt their best effort to date. The album begins with a completely a cappella number featuring some classy beat-boxing by Matt Thiessen. As soon as the next track begins, you are sure that this is the Relient K you have known over the years, yet it is definitely very different. There is a much more mature sound, and a much heavier reliance (he he) on the piano. On "Forgiven," Relient K get back to their Christian roots, singing a beautiful piano ballad about being able to forgive yourself. "Faking My Own Suicide" is the first time Relient K incorporates the beauty known as lap steel, and it shows a much more mature, artistic side of RK. Yet, by far, the stand-out track on the album is the closer, "Deathbed." It is a sprawling, epic masterpiece about a man who had a terrible life, but takes comfort in the hope he can have in Jesus. To be frank, the track is a masterpiece. In its eleven-minute glory, it is very reminiscent of Sufjan Steven's work. There are many different instruments played, over 100 tracks total. All, in all, this is by far Relient K's best work. I highly recommend this to anyone and everyone.
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