Air for Free

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Air for Free
Relient K - Air for Free.jpg
Studio album by Relient K
Released July 22, 2016
Length 59:16
Label Mono vs Stereo
Producer Mark Lee Townsend
Relient K chronology
Collapsible Lung
Air for Free
Singles from Air for Free
  1. "Bummin'"
    Released: April 13, 2016[3]

Air for Free is the eighth studio album by Relient K, released on July 22, 2016, through Mono vs Stereo.[4] The album's lead single, "Bummin'", was released on April 13, 2016.[3]


In support of the album, Relient K played an album release show in their home state of Ohio on July 23, 2016, with Cardboard Kids opening.[5] They later embarked on the Looking for America Tour with Switchfoot on September 16, in Denver, Colorado; the tour is slated to run through November 26, with the final show in San Francisco, California.[6]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
CCM Magazine5/5 stars[7]
CM Addict4.5/5 stars[2]
Jesus Freak Hideout4.5/5 stars[1]
5/5 stars[8]

The album was met with critical acclaim. Writing for Jesus Freak Hideout, Michael Weaver states, "Air for Free could be described as what Collapsible Lung should've been";[1] in a similar vein, Cortney Warner declares that the album "proves the band is far from 'has been' status, and continues to create fresh, thoughtful music that anyone can enjoy."[8] In his review for CM Addict, Michael Tackett says, "Air for Free is lyrically and musically a welcome return to form for Relient K."[2]

Track listing[edit]

Digital and CD[9]
0."Untitled" (piano version of "Marigold"; only on CD release of album, hidden in pregap)1:08
2."Local Construction"3:18
3."Mrs. Hippopotamuses'"2:37
6."Air for Free"3:03
8."Elephant Parade"3:50
11."Empty House"3:22
Total length:59:16


Relient K

  • Matt Thiessen – lead vocals, piano, guitar, ukulele, trumpet, programming
  • Matt Hoopes – guitars, omnichord, keys, trumpet, Boss HC-2, background vocals

Additional musicians

  • Dave Douglas – drums, background vocals
  • Tom Breyfogle – drums, percussion
  • Mark Lee Townsend – bass, guitar, background vocals
  • Bill Mitchell – additional guitars
  • Roger Bissell – trombone
  • Brandon Calderon – trombone
  • Jake Germany – Boss HC-2, additional background vocals
  • AJ Babcock – additional background vocals
  • Austin Cunningham – additional background vocals
  • Billy Raffoul – additional background vocals
  • Lisa Goe – additional background vocals
  • Tiffany Fernandez – additional background vocals


  • Mark Lee Townsend – producer, recording engineer
  • David A. Terry - mastering
  • Jake Germany - art direction, design
  • Josh Ness - photography
  • Brandon McGowan - graphics


Chart (2016) Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[11] 72
New Zealand Heatseekers Albums (RMNZ)[12] 6
US Billboard 200[13] 44

Release history[edit]

Sources:,[4] SMLXL Vinyl[10][14]

Region Date Format(s) Label
United States July 22, 2016 Mono vs Stereo
United States August 20, 2016 CD Mono vs Stereo


  1. ^ a b c d e Weaver, Michael (July 19, 2016). "Relient K, Air for Free Review". Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved July 23, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d Tackett, Michael (June 3, 2016). "Relient K Air for Free (Review)". CM Addict. Retrieved July 23, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "Relient K Bummin' (Official Audio Stream)". Retrieved July 21, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b "Air for Free: Relient K: MP3 Downloads". Retrieved July 21, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Relient K 'Air for Free' Album Release Show/Cardboard Kids". Retrieved July 21, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Concert Spotlight: SWITCHFOOT Announces Tour With RELIENT K". Retrieved July 21, 2016. 
  7. ^ Conner, Matt (July 21, 2016). "Relient K – Air for Free album review". CCM Magazine. Retrieved August 6, 2016. 
  8. ^ a b Warner, Cortney (July 21, 2016). "Relient K, Air for Free Second Staff Opinion Review". Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved July 23, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Air for Free by Relient K on iTunes". iTunes. Retrieved July 21, 2016. 
  10. ^ a b "Relient K - Air for Free 2LP". SMLXL Vinyl. Retrieved July 21, 2016. 
  11. ^ "CHART WATCH #379". auspOp. July 30, 2016. Retrieved July 30, 2016. 
  12. ^ "NZ Heatseekers Albums Chart". Recorded Music NZ. August 1, 2016. Retrieved July 29, 2016. 
  13. ^ "Relient K Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved August 2, 2016.
  14. ^ "Relient K - Air for Free CD". SMXL Vinyl. Retrieved September 18, 2016. 

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