As a longtime fan of Relient K, I was initially disappointed to hear that Relient K’s first project in nearly two years was a covers EP leading up to a full-length covers album. Even after spinning it once or twice, I still wasn’t that impressed with all the songs that Relient K offered on the K Is For Karaoke EP since their original material is far better than the songs they chose to cover. However, after listening to it more, the EP began to gain traction with me (Except for “Baby” by Justin Bieber. I’m sorry, but not even Relient K could save those pathetic lyrics). The cover of “Girls Just Want To Have Fan” starts off the album excellently while the catchy chorus sends “Surf Wax America” to a roaring finish. “Doctor Worm” showcases Matthew Thiessen’s skill in mimicking the singer’s voice in a ridiculous song that could have been written by Relient K. The band’s version of Tears For Fears' (you know, Relient K’s favorite band in “In Love With The 80’s") “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” is infectious and brilliant. The K Is For Karaoke EP is nicely paced and features a diverse selection of songs that is a solid lead-in to the Relient K’s full-length covers album due out in October.
Style: Rock / Pop-Punk / Alternative
Street Date: June 28, 2011.
01. Girls Just Want To Have Fun [Cyndi Lauper]
02. Here Comes My Girl [Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers]
03. Baby [Justin Bieber]
04. Doctor Worm [They Might Be Giants]
05. Crazy [Gnarls Barkley]
06. Everybody Wants To Rule The World [Tears For Fears]
07. Surf Wax America [Weezer]