So after 2 weeks of promising that I would go over these guys to some awesome people. I’m here with TheEverythingAlways, to drop some knowledge on you pertaining to Relient K’s most recent record “Air For Free.”
Let’s just do a quick review:
Two Lefts Don’t Make A Right… But Three Do, Mmhmm, and Forget and Not Slow Down, are undoubtedly 3 of my absolute favorite records within the genre. Now that being said, how does T.E.A feel about their most recent release?
Above par, to say the least, though not quite in comparison to their previous work. These guys have been doing this for a long time, and in the spirit of that, it’s good to keep in mind how monotonous utilizing the same sound for every record can be.
The fact is, that these guys have mastered the art of wit, and catchy listens, and have proven this time and time again. The examples are endless, and rarely end with just one track from an album. Now AAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLLLL that having been said, “Bummin” seems to be the only long-lasting gem that I’ve come across here. Granted, I have not been provided with enough time for the record to grow on me (I’ll keep you updated for sure ;)).
However, the fact remains that Relient K has dramatically shifted their line-up over the last few years, downsizing with only Hoopes and Theisen remaining for the last while. This brought on a whole new sound for the outfit, and in turn spawned quotes like “It’s so much more difficult to keep up with the harder stuff.” I for one, don’t blame him. This shift brought on a more electronic feel with the album “Collapsible Lung,” in place. Though, it feels like the band may have reverted somewhat back to their original roots with their recent release.
Either way, the entire album is fun and whimsical as you would expect from these guys, and the newish sound with “Air For Free,” gives us, if even a small glimpse of hope, that we may be hearing some of that “harder” material, once more from the great Relient K.