Earlier this week, Relient K released the first single from their upcoming album Collapsible Lung. The band is known for its loud, fast and addictive lovesick lines that have since slowed down from the early beginnings of its high-school-written lyrics. The new single “Don’t Blink” is a catchy pop track – perfect for summer, but lacking in originality and depth.
Compared to the rapid, witty hits like, “Sadie Hawkins Dance” and “I So Hate Consequences,” the composition sounds redundant and unoriginal. The band may have been aiming to recreate popular hooks from past choruses, but it failed to ignite my imagination. When I first hit play, I double-checked at least three times to assure myself I was listening to the right band. Sure, the lyrics, “you’re the only person who reminds me / love is beautiful and true / life is beautiful and new,” are adorable, but the song is sickening. It repeats the same message that is already playing on the radio: live life to the fullest and open your heart to love. Bleh.
Relient K is known for changing their sound from album to album and fans have been accepting to the different styles. “Don’t Blink” is a mere taste of what’s to come from the anticipated record, but the direction it seems to be headed in isn’t at all impressive.
As you can guess, I’m not quite sold on the first-released single. Relient K hasn’t released an original album since 2009 (minus the karaoke cover albums in 2011) and when I heard they were making new music I was excited to hear how they may have grown. Some of my most cherished albums are Mmhmm and The Anatomy of the Tongue In Cheek, which both feature quirky, fast-paced, pop anthems. The difference between their old albums and what they recently released is a lack of creativity. At best, it’s a fun summer hit, but it’s forgettable. Will the record be worth the wait and can the band still stay relevant? We’ll see.
Prove me wrong, Relient K. Please prove me wrong.