Relient K – Air For Free

Wave goodbye as I outgrow the shadow of Peter Pan.
It’s time to be a man.

7. 22. 16

This is the end of what I find to be a remarkable streak of nostalgia. My three favorite bands in elementary and middle school were Switchfoot, NEEDTOBREATHE, and Relient K. That happens to be the order of back to back to back album release dates that happened this July (the 8th, the 15th, and now the 22nd). Switchfoot—perhaps my favorite band ever—released a solid but far from cohesive and slightly underwhelming record with Where the Light Shines Through. NEEDTOBREATHE, who I had begun to doubt after the release of their last record, played it safe but came in clutch where their catchy record H A R D L O V E.  Then there was Relient K. Relient K has been my least favorite band of the three, despite having a huge impact me in my younger years. The combination of their music feeling more like a middle school phase with the brick of a record Collapsable Lung turned out being stirred very little intrigue inside of me for this release. Surprisingly enough, Relient K released the best record of the three bands with their eighth LP, Air For Free.

I already went too long in my intro, but to sum it up—Air For Free is adventurous, silly, and thought provoking. Man convicts the heart and Local Construction provides the context for change. Elephant Parade is fun loving and crazy while simultaneously deep and challenging. Runnin’ is inspiring and insightful. This album has sixteen tracks. The challenging part of releasing such a large album is the odds of their being a bad song grows with each track. Well if you’re looking for a bad song from Relient K, you’re going to have to wait at least couple years for the next release. And even then, no guarantees.


Top 10 Potential: Yes
Album Cover: 9.0

Relient K – Bummin’

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