Mmhmm is the fourth full-length album by pop punk band Relient K, released in November 2004.

Mmhmm
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Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 2, 2004
StudioDark Horse Studios
GenrePop punk, Christian rock, alternative rock
Length50:22
LabelGotee, Capitol, Mono Vs Stereo
ProducerMark Lee Townsend, Matt Thiessen
Relient K chronology
Deck the Halls, Bruise Your Hand
(2003)
Mmhmm
(2004)
Apathetic EP
(2005)
Alternative cover
Cover to the Japanese pressing of the album.
Cover to the Japanese pressing of the album.

ReleaseEdit

The album was the band's first on Capitol; and was Brian Pittman's last album with the band. In addition to being released on Capitol and Gotee, Mmhmm was re-released on vinyl on Mono Vs Stereo. The re-release includes a song originally from Apathetic EP, called "Apathetic Way to Be". The singles "Be My Escape" and "Who I Am Hates Who I've Been", both found on Mmhmm, boosted Relient K's mainstream popularity. Although the song "High of 75" was never released to mainstream markets, it spent fifteen consecutive weeks in the CCM top ten.[citation needed]

In May and June 2005, the group supported Good Charlotte and Simple Plan on their co-headlining US tour.[1] Between mid June and mid August, the group went on the 2005 edition of Warped Tour.[2] "Who I Am Hates Who I've Been" was released to radio on August 23.[3] Between February and April 2006, the group went on The Matt Hoopes Birthday Tour, with support from The Rocket Summer and Maxeen.[4]

ReceptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AbsolutePunk(90%)[5]
AllMusic     [6]
Cross Rhythms          [7]
IGN7.8/10[8]
Jesus Freak Hideout     [9]
Melodic      [10]
PopMatters          [11]
Punknews.org     [12]
Stylus MagazineC+[13]
Yahoo! MusicFavorable[14]

Mmhmm earned the group a Canadian Juno Award nomination for Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album of the Year in 2006. In 2005, Mmhmm was certified Gold by the RIAA for sales in excess of 500,000 units in the United States. It has sold over 800,000 copies in the United States.[15][16] In 2006, the album won a Dove Award for Rock Album of the Year at the 37th GMA Dove Awards. It was also nominated for Recorded Music Packaging of the Year. The songs "Be My Escape" and "Who I Am Hates Who I've Been" received nominations as well.[17]

Track listingEdit

All tracks are written by Matt Thiessen.

Album release
No.TitleLength
0."MMHMM" (pregap track)-0:17
1."The One I'm Waiting For"3:02
2."Be My Escape"4:00
3."High of 75"2:27
4."I So Hate Consequences"4:01
5."The Only Thing Worse Than Beating a Dead Horse Is Betting on One"1:13
6."My Girl's Ex-Boyfriend"2:28
7."More Than Useless"3:50
8."Which to Bury, Us or the Hatchet?"4:11
9."Let It All Out"4:21
10."Who I Am Hates Who I've Been"3:52
11."Maintain Consciousness"2:52
12."This Week the Trend"2:59
13."Life After Death & Taxes (Failure II)"4:23
14."When I Go Down"6:42
Total length:50:21

PersonnelEdit

Relient K

Additional personnel

  • David Henry – cello
  • Chris Carmichael – violin, viola
  • David Bunton – additional vocals on "I So Hate Consequences", "Which to Bury, Us or the Hatchet", and "Life After Death and Taxes (Failure II)"
  • Kevin Kiehn – additional vocals on "I So Hate Consequences"
  • John Davis – additional vocals on "Let It All Out" and "When I Go Down"
  • John Warne – additional vocals on "More than Useless" and "Who I Am Hates Who I've Been"
  • Anthony Lucido – additional bass
  • Rob Roy Fingerhead – banjo, additional guitar, additional percussion
  • Mark Lee Townsend - producer
  • Joe Marlett - engineer

ChartsEdit

Singles
Year Single Chart positions
Billboard Hot 100 Top 40 Mainstream Billboard Pop 100 Hot Christian Songs
2005 "Be My Escape" 82 39 48 16
2005 "Who I Am Hates Who I've Been" 58 22 35 32

Christian radio-only singles:

  • "High of 75"
  • "I So Hate Consequences"
  • "Life After Death and Taxes (Failure II)"

Tenth anniversaryEdit

The album was reissued for the tenth anniversary of the album's release. The reissue, Mmhmm10 was available as a deluxe edition CD and a digital download,[21] while a vinyl edition of the original album, that also included a copy of the deluxe CD, was also released.[22] The band toured around the United States for the anniversary.

All tracks are written by Matt Thiessen, except for "Manic Monday", written by Prince.

Mmhmm10
No.TitleLength
1."The One I'm Waiting For"3:02
2."Be My Escape"4:00
3."High of 75"2:27
4."I So Hate Consequences"4:01
5."The Only Thing Worse than Beating a Dead Horse Is Betting On One"1:13
6."My Girl's Ex-Boyfriend"2:28
7."More than Useless"3:50
8."Which to Bury, Us or the Hatchet?"4:11
9."Let It All Out"4:21
10."Apathetic Way To Be"3:21
11."Who I Am Hates Who I've Been"3:52
12."Maintain Consciousness"2:52
13."This Week the Trend"2:59
14."Life After Death & Taxes (Failure II)"4:23
15."When I Go Down"6:42
16."Mmhmm"0:17
17."The Truth"3:17
18."Be My Escape" (acoustic)4:03
19."I So Hate Consequences" (acoustic)4:40
20."Which to Bury, Us or the Hatchet?" (acoustic)2:44
21."Who I Am Hates Who I've Been" (acoustic)3:21
22."The Thief"2:22
23."Manic Monday" (The Bangles cover)2:46
Total length:74:26

ReferencesEdit

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  3. ^ "FMQB Airplay Archive: Modern Rock". Friday Morning Quarterback Album Report, Incorporated. Retrieved October 30, 2016.
  4. ^ "Relient K/The Rocket Summer/Maxeen tour this Feb/March". Alternative Press. December 21, 2005. Retrieved June 25, 2016.
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  6. ^ Mmhmm at AllMusic
  7. ^ "Review: mmhmm - Relient K - Cross Rhythms". Retrieved September 20, 2014.
  8. ^ "Relient K - Mmhmm Review". IGN. Retrieved December 24, 2015.
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  10. ^ Roth, Kaj (July 28, 2005). "Relient K - Mmhmm". Melodic. Retrieved July 18, 2017.
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  12. ^ "Relient K - Mmhmm". Punknews.org. Retrieved December 24, 2015.
  13. ^ "Relient K - Mmhmm - Review". Stylus Magazine. Retrieved December 24, 2015.
  14. ^ O'Connor, Rob (April 1, 2005). "Mmhmm". Yahoo! Music. Archived from the original on September 10, 2006. Retrieved January 27, 2020.
  15. ^ Pahldad, Roxane. "Relient K performs 'thank you to fans' set at House of Blues". DePaulaOnline.com. DePaula Online. Retrieved January 14, 2015.
  16. ^ Kane, Dan. "The return of Relient K". cantonrep.com. Canton Rep. Retrieved January 14, 2015.
  17. ^ Kim Jones. "37th Annual GMA Dove Awards Nominations & Winners". About. Archived from the original on July 7, 2011. Retrieved September 20, 2014.
  18. ^ "Relient K Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved March 6, 2018.
  19. ^ "Relient K Chart History (Christian Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved March 6, 2018.
  20. ^ "Top Billboard 200 Albums – Year-End 2005". Billboard. Retrieved January 7, 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  21. ^ "Relient K - Today we re-released a digital album called..." Facebook. December 9, 2014. Retrieved December 10, 2014.
  22. ^ Read, Trevor (July 30, 2014). "Modern Vinyl – Relient K confirm 'Mmhmm' reissue". Modern Vinyl. Retrieved December 10, 2014.