The Gems Are Real Gems
Posted July 12, 2007
When Relient K debuted their self-titled album in 2000, there wasn't much to look at. Yes, the band had potential, but there were not many tracks to write home about. Following up, the band released their second EP, The Creepy EP.
The first two tracks are preview tracks for The Anatomy of the Tongue in Cheek, so looking back, these tracks really offer nothing if you already own the CD. "Operation" is the only studio exclusive; this song's style reflects their debut in the verses, but Anatomy in the chorus. The song's message is a plea for God to give us an operation to extract our pride and remove the hate. Overall, the song is just okay, but it starts to grow on you after listening a few times.
The last three tracks are the real highlights. Up first is an acoustic version of "Softer to Me," which greatly improves on the original. The real key is the raw emotion of the song, just Matt Thiessen and an acoustic guitar conveying the plea""Life could you be a little softer to me." This was my favorite track from the debut, and my love for it only deepens with this version.
The most interesting find is the demo for "Jefferson Airplane," which is distinctly different from the final version, in that the second part of the chorus is totally changed, and the last couple of minutes don't exist. The final version is probably better, but this is fine in its own right. The final track is a unique version of "Pressing On" which is not only acoustic, but back porch acoustic, complete with lawnmower sounds and all. Overall, the EP is really a nugget in the second half, and must-have for a Relient K fan, especially since it is incredibly rare and almost impossible to get.
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