I challenged myself to journey through the discography of a band. Relient K, having a set of albums with such variety, I started with them. I didn’t enjoy their first two records as much as I remembered as a kid (Read the reviews for Self-Titled and Anatomy of Tongue in Cheek). But this is where things start to change drastically.
Two Lefts Don't Make a Right... But Three Do is the beginning of Relient K's journey into excellence. Just two years separated from their previous record, RK leapt into a more mature band with worlds of potential.
Two Lefts kicks off into a pop punk sound much more succinct than any they had before. The melodic guitar riffs pop out of the recording and tie the sound together. "Chap Stick, Chapped Lips, and Things Like Chemistry" is an excellent representation of this. The song is never choppy or feels thrown together. It is an example of years of hard work, writing with fellow musicians to solidify their sound.
This track not only exemplifies how the record will sound, it also shows how RK can write clever and silly lyrics that aren't corny. My complaint about the first two records is that their lyrics are so "youth group-y" that it's hard to take them seriously. This album has a similar tone, writing about theme parks, the effectiveness of mood rings or literally making up words, but the lyrics are cleverly written and don't feel the need to create an altar call and the end of each song.
The faith of the songwriters comes out much more naturally and less forced. That's especially important for the band to break out into the mainstream... but that doesn't happen quite yet.
Two Lefts is fun, heartfelt, creative and has such positive vibes, it just makes me smile. It is better than their first two albums in just about every way imaginable.
The album artwork came in four separate forms, all awesome in their own way. The re-releases and vinyl release have brought us more versions of the artwork as well.
-I have almost no gripes about this album
-"Chap Stick, Chapped Lips, and Things Like Chemistry"
-"I Am Understood?"
-"Getting Into You"
-"From End to End"
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