Relient K makes a bold step forward with this third album that seamlessly blends thoroughly engaging pop rock melodies and a lively punk spirit.

Relient K makes a bold step forward with this third album that seamlessly blends thoroughly engaging pop rock melodies and a lively punk spirit. The result is a heady musical cocktail. In a world filled with turmoil and uncertainty, this record is a definite mood-lifter. It's hard not to get caught up in the playfulness and youthful enthusiasm that band members Matt Thiessen, Matthew Hoopes, Brian Pittman, and Dave Douglas bring to such bouncy numbers as lead single "Chap Stick, Chapped Lips and Things Like Chemistry," "College Kids," "In Love with the '80s (Pink Tux to the Prom)," and "Mood Ring." Taut musicianship, personality-packed vocals, and inventive lyrics make this an album that begs to be listened to repeatedly.—DEP

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