A Best Third Release Honorable Mention in the 2005 Awards
Relient K’s third studio release somewhat improves their classic music style. Lyrically there are almost no pop culture references, but of course there are still some clichés and some unique humor.
Two Lefts… begins with fan favorite “Chap Stick, Chapped Lips, And Things Like Chemistry”. As you might expect, it’s a humorous track; and its lyrics wander a bit. It starts off with most of the school apparently getting permission to get out for the day so they can have fun at a theme park; Matt then states “they’re looking for trouble, but with me it won’t be found”. Sprinkled throughout the song seem to be lots of lyrics about cell phones ; and then finally at the end of the song Matt admits that he needs some help with his relationships.
Follows is another fan favorite, “Mood Rings”. This one’s also humorous, describing emotional girls and suggesting that they should wear mood rings so that their emotions will be clear to the poor guys who don’t understand them.
“Falling Out” has a message that no matter how tough life is, or how many mistakes are made, there is always hope.
“Forward Motion” is another very humorous song, this time about the struggle to move forward in life.
“In Love With The Eighties (Pink Tux To The Prom)”— yet another fan fave— was actually inspired by Matt Thiessen’s brother! As you can imagine, this is again a very funny song.
“College Kids” then moves to total hilarity— because, as you might guess, it’s mostly about college… and wanting out of it. Its deeper message is to do what you know you’re called to do.
“Trademark” contains great, heavy guitar music (compared to the other tracks).
“Hoopes I Did It Again” is (what else?) another humorous song .
We’re not quite sure what the lyrics in “Over Thinking” are referring to; a bad relationship, perhaps. Regardless, it’s still a good song.
“I Am Understood?” describes Matt Thiessen’s relationship with God.
“Getting Into You” is a beautiful song, possibly the most beautiful one that they have done yet. It touches on the same subject as the previous track, but with much different lyrics.
Track 12 is untitled. It’s a strange and kind-of funny exchange between Matt and some kids on the street, which leads into the next track, “Gibberish”.
“Gibberish” is a hilarious song that does contain a bunch of gibberish (which is actually written out for you to follow in the liner notes!). And its point is, when you talk, talk substance.
“From End To End” contains absolutely no humor, just truth. It describes trying to help someone who is on a bad path; they’re blocking Matt out, but he’ll keep on trying to help them as long as necessary.
And finally, the last track “Jefferson Aero Plane” is a cute, funny relationship/attitude/life song.
And after all of that, there’s a hidden track— and it’s absolutely, sidesplittingly hilarious! The track features Kevan Pedan as “MC Defenseless”, and its nonsense lyrics cover topics such as silly shoes and Matt Thiessen being ‘the worst freestyle rapper [?!] ever!’