Despite that, and perhaps because of my comically low expectations, Air for Free surprised me. The guys in Relient K have been maturing and growing their sound with every album and Air For Free continues the progression. While the band has undergone a lot of changes, the two Matt's have remained -- Frontman Matt Thiessen and lead guitarist Matt Hoopes. Songs like have that classic Relient K vibe to them too — along with the sense of humour and melodrama that the band is so well known for. Musically, this song is excellent as it shifts from pop-punk to piano to straight up rock in a way that feels logical. Well, maybe not all Steeler's fans, but I'm sure some will still enjoy the song.
It represented a crucial progression for the band that first caught my ear with the immediately lovable and surprisingly profound Mmhmm, as they transcended their pop-punk roots. Matt shows how this crisis of constantly having to fix oneself isn't a bad thing, but it's something that everyone needs to be aware of. It was lyrically irrelevant and musically confused. There are fun songs, love songs, songs that reflect on the past, and songs with other deep meanings. By: James Southworth Rating: 4. Thiessen is telling a story here of how he picked marigolds for his mom and she took them even though they were weeds rather than true flowers. I absolutely loved that album, even though it isn't my favorite by them.
Yet those moments are few and far between. Ever since, I've avidly listened to them. It's easy to call Relient K's eighth studio album the true successor to Forget and Not Slow Down, though it definitely includes the varied nature of Collapsible Lung. It's so upbeat with the pop punk flare that put this band into the mainstream. It reminded of Owl City in its discussion of insomnia, but honestly it wasn't that interesting lyrically. It could've sounded like a lot of other piano ballads that the band does, but instead it is something pretty unique. The songs are refreshingly more about just legitimately loving another rather than sexualizing the person's body.
It's a fun song and has the feel of a summer anthem. It isn't one of the best songs on the album, but it still delivers its message in the right way, and I totally commend Relient K for taking a huge risk with this song. Sometimes, in order to progress, you have to give something up; I let go of Japan and found myself better off for it. They have quite the great album discography with many superb songs. The distorted sounds work well for the song, which has Matt asking God to be there for him in his darkest times. Fall 2009 was an uneasy time, a confusing jumble of hope and disappointment.
The airy synth of the title track and dominant presence of the piano throughout make a perfect balance between familiarity and originality. This record still has plenty of pop influence, but it's strictly under Thiessen's and Townsend's direction. Relient K took a risk here, and it really ends up paying off as the song is just delightful, making it another big highlight. Thiessen has the perfect voice for this type of song and the auto-tune only detracts and becomes very distracting. The lyrics use local construction projects, which seem to take forever and be constantly ongoing, as a metaphor for the ongoing improvement of one's self. The best thing about Air For Free, though, is just how enjoyable the whole thing is.
I found myself having a lot of fun with this song as there are some interesting comparisons drawn as well as some funny puns. For the first time since the band was putting out joke-heavy Christmas records in 2007, it feels like Relient K is having fun again. This is easily one of the best songs of the year. Air For Free could be described as what Collapsible Lung should've been. Their last record — Collapsible Lung, which came out in 2013 — was a total stinker.
It was easily the most ambitious song Theissen and company had ever attempted, a piano-driven odyssey of spectacular songwriting. It certainly was right to start with this track and then slowly but cleverly get the fans into the slightly newer styling of the rest of the album, while also keeping their signature sound intact. The song is so happy and optimistic, and because of that, it shines as the first big highlight on the album. I'm not sure it's their best work to date, but this one is a super solid return to form. It would be an understatement to say Relient K made me so happy with this album, as it shows them back in full form while also putting new twists to their sound. Piano carries the verse and pre-chorus while overdriven guitars enter in the chorus to give it a little extra punch. I found myself singing along pretty quickly, and still can't get the song out of my head.
On and which both sound U2-inspired, Thiessen admits to his belief in God and his struggles with his faith. The song is certainly one of the most striking and will likely be a fan favorite. As usual, though, the meatiest tracks on Air for Free are the ones where singer Matt Thiessen becomes more introspective. Thiessen, an excellent songwriter, recruited several co-writers to produce a pop album that released to fairly polarizing critiques. Life is rarely the straight upward trajectory we desire.
With best friends and band staples, Matt Thiessen and Matt Hoopes, Relient K has been creating timeless songs that meet anyone right where they're at in life. Review Summary: A competent blend of old and new, Air For Free is a thoroughly satisfying return to form. The song is dynamically interesting and shows Relient K for the musical talents they are. They are one of the few bands where I actually enjoy their relationship-focused songs. On top of that, it captures where the Matts are for much of this album: learning what it means to really grow up and push into maturity.