Employee Of The Month is the third EP released by the Christian rock band Relient K. Tracks 1 and 2 are from the band's subsequent third album, Two Lefts Don't Make A Right...But Three Do. Track 6 is from the band's second album, The Anatomy Of The Tongue In Cheek. Tracks 3, 4, and 5 are exclusive to the Employee Of The Month EP. Aaron Marrs, a friend of the band, is on the cover of this EP. He was lost at sea in January 2005, and Relient K's Apathetic EP was dedicated to him for that reason.
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Relient K: Employee of the Month EP| Posted October 19, 2008
(NOTE) In the song “wits all been done before” Lead singer and song writer writes: ‘Cause repitition's just so safe/And repition is just like prison/And I prefer to be out of place/Cause I'm not really into prison’. So to shake things up I have tried a new format for this CD)
Relient K: Employee of the Month EP Label: Gotee Genre: Punk/rock/power pop Positive Elements: The EP is leading up to Two Lefts don’t make a Right, but Three do, which leads to a brief two song preview of what to expect. “Trademark” has some gritty guitar riffs, and while the song doesn’t have a great overall tune but it does have a good chorus; the song all so puts emphasis on human nature to fall away from God, but it also offers hope (‘It's my, my trademark move/To turn my back on you/And sometime soon after that/You'll see me come crawling back’). The cleverness of the band is shown “In Love With the 80s (Pink Tux to the Prom)” with blending a 80’s atmosphere with a very friendly tune; also the humor is very good as it is on “A Penny Loafer Saved, A Penny Loafer Earned”. Even with all of Relient K silliness the very serious “Failure to Excommunicate” has to be one of the greatest accomplishments as it covers the rejection that Christians will face in this age (‘Jesus loved the outcasts/He loves the ones the world just loves to hate’). The bonus’ that await those who get the EP include the energetic punk “Wit's All Been Done Before” and the snappy “for the band” which includes a great chorus. Both have great messages about originality and putting ‘the band’ before friendships. Negative Elements: Even with the brilliant guitar and a spectacular beat to an incredible rock tune, “Failure to Excommunicate” seems to have little place on the EP since it was on Relient K’s past record. Both “In Love With the 80s (Pink Tux to the Prom)” and “A Penny Loafer Saved, A Penny Loafer Earned” are pointless and the latter is only two minutes and eighteen seconds long and changes tune often to make it disjointed. Overview: Relient K’s music has steadily gotten better and so has their art of making an entertaining EP. Mixed among the fun tunes and witty lyrics are some great musical bits and some solid messages. The Employee of the Month EP is a tremendous six song disc that will please those who choose to pick it up.