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MMHMM
     

MMHMM

4.8 57
by Relient K
 
Christian pop-punk band Relient K retool their feel-good pep and smart-aleck songwriting on MMHMM. The guys have grown considerably over the past four years, and while there's still some rebellious 'tude weaving through these 14 tracks, there's also a more serious, reflective message here. It's heard on songs like "Be My Escape," which interlaces pounding

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Christian pop-punk band Relient K retool their feel-good pep and smart-aleck songwriting on MMHMM. The guys have grown considerably over the past four years, and while there's still some rebellious 'tude weaving through these 14 tracks, there's also a more serious, reflective message here. It's heard on songs like "Be My Escape," which interlaces pounding guitar riffs with anthemic piano-based melodies that lift up lyrics whose simplicity belies their depth. It takes a lot of maturity to see the truth behind lines such as "The beauty of grace is that it makes life not fair," even more to follow such a message with a song like "High of 75," in which the singer wonders if his moods are real or just a response to seasonal affective disorder. Eschewing established CCM convention, Relient K explore issues beyond the spiritual. There are pointed observations on a variety of themes, from relationships ("I tried to hold your hand but you'd rather hold your grudge,") to politics ("paper, rock and scissors, they all have their pros and cons"). Relient K have long been a favorites among alt-rock loving Christian audiences, and MMHMM shows the love is well deserved.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John D. Luerssen
After moving away from their patented pop/punk approach on 2003's Two Lefts Don't Make a Right...But Three Do, spiritual rockers Relient K revert back to their proven formula of yore on MMHMM. Christian punk sounds more like an oxymoron than a subgenre, but frontman/ lyricist Matt Thiessen wins with the subtle, poppy prose ("Live your life for those that you love") heard on "The One I'm Waiting For." Elsewhere, "High of 75" is wryly, albeit overly optimistic and if there's perhaps an abundance of upbeat songcraft, Relient K aren't always shiny, happy people. The best example of this is "Which to Bury; Us or the Hatchet?," where love turns to relation-sh*t and back again in a roaring, cathartic swirl. At times the lads in Relient K come off a bit too mainstream for their own good, but you've got to give them thanks for not going straight for the jugular the way so many other Christian rockers might.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/02/2004
Label:
Capitol
UPC:
0669447295303
catalogNumber:
72953
Rank:
40163

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Relient K   Primary Artist
Chris Carmichael   Violin,Viola
David Henry   Cello
John Warne   Vocals
Tony Lucido   Bass
John Davis & the Georgia Sea Island Singers   Vocals
Matthew Thiessen   Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals
David Bunton   Vocals
Brian Pittman   Bass,Bass Guitar
David Douglas   Drums,Vocals
Kevin Kiehn   Vocals
Matthew Hoope   Guitar,Vocals
Rob Roy F.   Banjo,Guitar,Percussion
Anthony Lucido   Bass Guitar

Technical Credits

Toby McKeehan   Executive Producer
Mark Townsend   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Joey Elwood   Executive Producer
Joe Marlett   Engineer
Michael Modesto   Engineer
Matthew Thiessen   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Dave Salley   Engineer

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MMHMM 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 57 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
Relient k is back with there 4th full length album "Mmhmm". This album is definetly there hardest album to date, and Matt T. (lead singer) actually screams, yes screams, in two songs: "So I Hate Consquences" and "Which to Bury, Us or the Hatchet". On this album the boys have lost there "punk sound" which some people may be disapointed in, and there aren't hardly any typical Relient K "funny songs", altho there r a few. In my personal oppinion this is Relient K's best album to date. If u r a Relient K fan I stongly recamend u pick up this album 2day.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Relient K contains all the ingredients that a respectable band of the rock/punk genre needs- which a twist. Their new CD ‘MMHMM’ packs a punch both lyrically and musically. This unique group of musicians isn’t afraid to step outside the cookie-cutter approach to song-writing, and each new track brings it’s own flavour and set of musical surprises. Musically speaking, Relient K has definitely expanded their creative mindset. Catchy and creative guitar riffs and drum fills are complemented by piano which I would liken to the calibre of Ben Folds. In the surprising “Which To Bury, Us or the Hatchet,” the band flawlessly transitions from heavy electric guitar-driven rock to heartfelt piano ballad and back again. Unique time signature combinations make “The One I’m Waiting For” anything but generic rock/punk. There is also a tasteful amount of screaming on a couple of the tracks, which all good bands should indulge in:) Matt Thiessen’s lyrics also show a maturity and poetic talent that challenges the notion that music of this genre can only be about teenage angst and heartbreak. Faith-inspired tracks such as “Be My Escape,” “I So Hate Consequences,” and “Let It All Out” are both eloquent and ‘non-preachy’ (for lack of a real word!). Witty and poignant political imagery in “The Only Thing Worse Than Beating a Dead Horse is Betting On One” is complemented and balanced by the romantically ‘punny’ lyrics in “My Girl’s Ex-Boyfriend.” Not a single track on “MMHMM’s” 15 song setlist is lacking the creativity and intelligence that has become the trademark of Relient K’s music. Go to www.mmhmm.com, to preview some of their songs- you won’t regret it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Relient k is awsome!! YA! Be My Escape is the best song cause its right on! Its a very cool cd and you all should get it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great CD and my favorite of all of there Cd's so far. But there is a problem with the song list, there are only 14 songs on here MM HMM is not a song. I don't know where this started, but it is all over the Internet. That is why you cant listen to the 15th song. The first song on the CD is "The One I'm Waiting For" and then they all move up one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This cd is the absolute best cd by Relient K, possibly by anyone ever! It's so well-rounded and has an overall amazing sound that it's impossible not to like it. Matt Thiessen's voice is amazing, and the heart-felt lyrics speak volumes of his personality. I highly recommend this cd to anyone, even if it's the only cd they ever buy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Relient K(that awesome Christian punk-rock band from Canton, Ohio)’s latest studio release, Mmhmm, is a cd I had been looking forward to for a year and a half, since their last release, Two Lefts Don’t Make a Right, but Three Do…. In anticipation of the Mmhmm, Relient K released several sample tracks and short commercials for it on the internet in the weeks leading up to its release. Finally, it is here, and Mmhmm was definitely worth the wait. It is their best work yet, and it has been in my cd player since I bought it. Matt Thiessen’s songwriting is amazing, and this cd is packed, as usual, with witty lyrics and messages that we can relate to in our everyday lives. In “I So Hate Consequences,” he discusses the regret we feel after realizing our mistakes, and the love that God shows us when we don’t deserve it. Relient K keeps their upbeat style, and even goes a little more punk-rockish in songs like “Which to Bury, Us or the Hatchet,” where Thiessen screams “No, I don’t hate you/ Don’t want to fight you” in a song about a difficult break-up. Yet, Relient K also includes more of the softer, piano-driven melodies like “Let It All Out,” with lyrics like “The end will justify the pain it took to get us here.” Fans that were a little disappointed with the lack of message in “Two Lefts…” will love this cd. Relient K also stays true to their classic silliness, with track title’s like “The Only Thing Worse Than Beating a Dead Horse is Betting on One,” and with their hidden title track, Mmhmm. This track comes at the beginning, before the first track, and to hear it, you have to press rewind during the first track. Pretty sweet. Mmhmm is my favorite cd yet, and I highly recommend it to everyone. Rock on RK!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my favortite CD. I love the Christian messages and the lyrics. I love the songs When I Go Down, High of 75, and Which to Bury, Us or the Hatchet!!!! Amazing CD, BUY IT, YOU WON'T REGRET IT!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i've been a fan of Relient K since Anatomy of The Tongue And Cheek came out and somebody suggested them to me. i've loved Relient K ever since. and i didn't think that they could get any better then they were on Two Lefts Don't Make A Right...but they did! Mmhmm, in my opinion, is their best CD yet!! i love it! and one of the coolest things to me about Relient K is you can hear how much they have matured on every album. Anatomy was a fun punky pop CD that you can't help but love and laugh at everytime you hear it w/ a couple serious songs...Two Lefts was still funny and fun, with the same sound only mixed up a bit, but showed a more mature side of the band, and their voices changed!! and Mmhmm tops them all. they still have that original fun sound, but w/ a harder punk twist. and more seriousness. and their voices changed again! haha but the boys of Relient K have certainly matured, and for the better. this is my favorite CD yet. and i love all the different musical depths and genres this CD has. they have hard core punk rock, w/ some awesome piano, and a little bit of orcastra here and there, and on one song theres even some harmonica! its awesome! and their voices harmonize so well. i could keep going but i won't. you just have to buy this CD and listen to it for yourself. you don't know what your missing!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Relient K is My Favorite Band. You can Imagine My Excitement when I heard about "Mmhmm". I LOVED Their other Albums, And I still Listen to Them Practically Everyday. "Mmhmm" Is definitely a Little bit Different from Their Other CDs. Personally I think that This is Their Best Album, Hands down. They really really Worked Hard on this Album, and You can Tell. They Sound A lot more Professional, You can really tell They know what Their doing. Matt Thiessen has once again Succeeded in making a Kick Rawk Album, that Everyone Has. And Everyone is talking about. So I take My Hat off to the Relient K Bunch, and I Thank Them for all the hard work, Brainstorming, & Dedication They put into "MmhmM"!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would have to say that out of all of Relient K's albums this is by far the best. Their unique style is very evident and it is that that makes me like them so much. Their usage of words and the rhythms they choose make me want to listen to the album over and over again. I didn't think I would ever find a better song that "I love the 80's (and I'm gonna wear a pink tux to the prom)" but I did. "Which to bury, us or the hatchet" was wonderful. Two thumbs up!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's good to have a band singing about something that everyone will sing about one day, Jesus Christ. These boys, hands down, are way better than secular acts like Simple Plan and Good Charlotte. If you like Punk/Pop Rock with singing about something that will change your life, buy this CD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this cd!!!!!!! the only bad thing about it is that theres only 4 songs. but the 4 on here are some of the greatest ever!!!! so go and BUY THIS CD!!!!!!!!!1
Guest More than 1 year ago
this brand new cd by relient k is so awesome. that can clearly be heard by just listening to the first couple of seconds of the cd. a total rating of awesomeness in the book of king john. read the Bible
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is without a doubt the best, most complete Relient K album yet. The boys (or at least their music) have matured an incredible amount since their previous albums, yet they have managed to do so without drastically altering their sound. If you listened to the previous albums for the music, you're going to be perfectly content with Mmhmm, as they have kept their trademark sound. If you listened to the previous albums for their message, get ready to be blown away! You won't find any cheesy, cliche, idealistic praise songs here. Mmhmm is packed with songs about issues that real people deal with, particularly within the realm of Christianity. Not into the whole Christianity thing? Don't let that deter you. Relient K have somehow managed to write an album with lyrics that anybody can relate to, regardless of your beliefs. The words are vague enough that they can be read in different ways, one of RK's trademarks. If you liked Relient K before, you're going to love them now. If you've never heard them before, give this album a shot, because you won't be dissapointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is cd is their best one yet! It is awesome! Keep up the good work Relient K!
Guest More than 1 year ago
In the last cd," Two lefts don't make a right, but three do" the songs were mainly punky pop with hints of hard rock in the melodies. Their new cd, "Mmhmm," is a sign of the band's maturity, facing new life problems as they get older and solving them with christian values. I think it is their best cd yet!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Stop right there, the new Relient K cd came out! Adding to the other rave reviews of this cd, I have to say this cd rocks... hard. Relient K's cds have always been refreshing and original but I particularly like this one. Relient K is definately not a cookie-cutter band. The track, Be My Escape, is simply amazing. Go get this cd, it's definately more than useless. I guarentee you won't lose interest in it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's a good cd but not their best(It still rocks though!!).I enjoyed the song my girls ex-boyfriend.Most of the cd is about a girl.It is still a really good cd.I totally recomend it!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've been a fan of Relient K since I heard them for the first time as an opening band and they have never stopped rocking! From their early days until now, RElient K has made some major improvment in every cd they have put out and this one shows it! From the music all the way down to the lyrics... it just keeps getting better and better! Yet another inspiring cd from the RK guys! :) This cd ROCKS! If you dont have it yet... youre missing out!
Guest More than 1 year ago
'MMHMM' is definitely the best Relient K cd. The songs are funny, yet have a serious message. It will be interesting to see where they go on from here. Keep up the great work, guys!
Guest More than 1 year ago
These boys have matured-they maintain a freshness thats apparent in every album only this time, their sound has kicked up a notch and produced a CD that will no doubt be replayed over and over. I had the opportunity to see them in concert-they put so much energy and heart into their music. Great lyrics, great sound. A must.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Relient K's cd "mmhmm" is their best cd ever! The songs on it are so awesome, and Matt Thiessen did a great job writing them! If you don't have it yet, then I highly recommend that you get it right this minute! You WILL NOT regret it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've been listening to these guys since their self-titled album, and I've been able to listen to the evolution of their music. But without a doubt this is their best album ever! If you have any interest in music or you just want to rock out, you definiently should get this album. You'll be humming the songs all day!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this Cd, especially Who I Am Hates Who I've Been and More Than Useless