Chris Willman
March 02, 2007 AT 05:00 AM EST

Five Score and Seven Years Ago

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
Producers
Capitol
genre
Rock

We gave it a C+

With three gold albums, Relient K are the poster boys for faith-based pop-punk…or, as we call it, in excelsis emo. But on Five Score and Seven Years Ago, frontman Matt Thiessen, who once resisted romantic fare, is suddenly madly in love, making it hard to tell the God songs from his equally worshipful girlfriend tunes. The band pushes along at a rapid enough clip to nearly redeem his cloying romanticism — until the uncharacteristically ornate 11-minute finale, ”Deathbed,” which makes it clear he has another new love: Sufjan Stevens.

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