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Relient K – ‘Air For Free’ album review
5 Overall Score

Label:

Gotee Records

For Fans Of:

Switchfoot, The Rocket Summer

We Like:

“Local Construction”

Relient K – ‘Air For Free’ album review

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Just in time for a fall co-headlining tour with Switchfoot, Relient K is back with another rousing album, their ninth, entitled Air For Free (buy). Matt Thiessen and company have built a passionate fan base on their ability to combine the vibrant and vulnerable into one cohesive package. Air For Free takes this platform and expands it musically and thematically. “Bummin’” sounds like a summer anthem but its lyrical focus is Thiessen’s own brokenness: “Save me from my vices … Try to hide as I might/I can’t get it right.” “Local Construction” builds perfectly atop the astute line, “Fix the car, fix the house/Fix the flaws in myself/It’s never done … like local construction, it’s never done.” Other highlights include “Man,” “God,” “Heartache” and the title track, but the entirety of Air For Free is an impressive, mature turn from a veteran band whose has forged one of this year’s finest.

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About The Author

Matt Conner
Contributing Editor

Matt Conner is a writer/editor who has interviewed approximately 2,000 musicians, authors, directors, actors and other artists. He’s the Managing Editor for PledgeMusic, a former editor with Vox Media, and writes regularly for numerous print- and web-based publications, including Under the Radar, Relevant and the Indianapolis Star.

  • Jacob Yelton

    I believe the Bummin’ lyric is “try hard as I might/I can’t quite get it right”; but anyway I absolutely adore this album! Might be my favorite album of this year so far, and possibly in the running for my favorite RK album–and I’ve loved them all!