Sounds like … Jimmy Eat World, Acceptance, Something Corporate

At a glance … Pop-punk poster children relocate to rock

Over the span of a decade and eight records, the Grammy-nominated band Relient K has made some mistakes. They've encountered the dark side of life and love and, like most of us, are haunted by a handful of regrets. But rather than wallow in them, Matt Thiessen and friends moved on, and they're inviting us to Forget and Not Slow Down along with them.

Always the smart, succinct songwriter, Thiessen's in his element here. Combining unbeatable optimism with frank, cathartic relationship post-mortems and a few nods to God, he's penned 15 tracks that celebrate future possibilities. "I'd rather forget and not slow down than gather regret for the things I can't change now," he insists on catchy title track, a reminder of Paul's admonition to "forget what is behind and strain toward what is ahead" (Phil. 3:13). In the same song, he asks God to "resurrect the saint from within the wretch / Pour over me and wash my hands of it."

The rocking "Sahara" could also be a desperate plea for deliverance: "Trying to ignite some sort of passion from inside / To overcome this feeling of desertion … / So I'll ask one thing / Of you / Don't ever turn me loose / Even when I turn my back." And later: "But I am not alone / I'll be alright Just take these bones and breathe them back to life."

Other songs are equal parts carefree and nostalgic, featuring overdue goodbyes and leave-it-behind mantras. "I Don't Need a Soul " is a defiant tribute to being whole even after losing love: "The sun still burns the shadows out/And there's nothing to complain about now." Standout piano number "Over It" testifies to the power ...

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Forget and Not Slow Down
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October 6, 2009
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Sony Legacy
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