Collapsible Lung by Relient K
Record Label: Mono Vs Stereo
Release Date: July 2, 2013
Relient K is an American rock band formed in 1998 in Canton, Ohio, by Matt Thiessen, Brian Pittman, and Matt Hoopes. The band has released seven studio albums: Relient K, The Anatomy of the Tongue in Cheek, Two Lefts Don’t Make a Right…But Three Do, MmHmm, Five Score and Seven Years Ago, Let It Snow Baby…Let It Reindeer, and Collapsible Lung. Six EPs: All Work and No Play, Apathetic, The Birds and The Bee Sides, Forget and Not Slow Down, Is For Karaoke, and Is For Karaoke Pt.2. Current band members are: Matt Thiessen (lead vocals, guitars, piano, synthesizers, keyboards), Matt Hoopes (guitars, backing vocals), John Warne (bass guitar, backing vocals), Jon Schneck (guitars, banjo, bells, omnichord, nord, backing vocals).
I’m all for bands trying something new, I really am. I’m a firm fan of everything The Maine comes out with, (even their pop punk stuff is good, and Lydia’s stuff too) so when bands try out new sounds and change their direction, I’m excited for it. The only problem I have with bands changing their sound is when it’s done very sloppily and to get more ‘mainstream’ fans rather than sticking with their older fans. It’s embarrassing and sad, I understand that the music industry is very demanding and cruel (Look what happened to A Rocket To The Moon) but at least don’t completely change into something that’s almost unrecognizable. Is this a great album? No, of course not, never expect a new direction to sound good. But is it at least average? Nope. With all of that being said, it’s safe to say that this is a very disappointing album.
Collapsible Lung is a little dribble of a lot of subgenres and sound like tunes from other bands just with different lyrics attached with them. The second Can’t Complain starts playing it’s easy to think of that Bruno Mars song, The Lazy Song or a song by Jason Mraz…or even Train. What’s even worse is PTL (Part-Time Lover) the song starts off fine with a nice guitar part until the chorus comes in with vocals squealing, “I never meant to be a part-time lover, But I’ve never been a full-time man.” Did I mention they use techno for this part as well? No, thank you. Disaster is an okay song as well, it’s fun and easy to dance to but it sounds too much like a copy of Panic! At The Disco to actually enjoy it too much.
Even with all of the faults, I do like Don’t Blink, it has a bit of their old sound to it, easing listeners into the pop direction they were going for. I like Sweeter because it’s very soft and delicate with a simple guitar part and sad lyrics. The references to all the songs and bands in That’s My Jam is fun, a time to remember better music. But that’s all I like about the song, the use of techno sounds and an up-beat tune just make my ears bleed a little.
It seems the band decided to follow popular artists and make sloppy facsimiles of popular songs. Unfortunately the band also hired co-writers to come up with these sad songs. I don’t recommend this to anyone unless you enjoy mainstream pop songs that have the same tune as other songs but with different lyrics.
Songs On The Album (Click on the title to listen to the song!)
1. Don’t Blink-3:03
3. Lost Boy-3:10
4. If I Could Take You Home-3:33
5. Can’t Complain-3:14
8. Disaster -2:59
9. When You Were My Baby-2:45
11. Collapsible Lung-3:21
12. That’s My Jam (Ft. Owl City)-2:43