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The 2007 release by the band Yellowcard.

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Yellowcard's latest effort shows maturity while remaining true to their sound.

  • Apr 24, 2009
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I'm sure most people remember Yellowcard for singles like "Ocean Avenue" and "Only One" off their 2003 release "Ocean Avenue". They have since then released two albums, "Lights and Sounds" and "Paper Walls". The latter was released in 2007, and may be the last thing the band releases (as they are on hiatus as of 4/24/08). If there was an album for these guys to go out on, this was it.

Yellowcard has been rocking out with a violin since theĀ beginning, and on this album they seem to have finally mastered incorporatingĀ orchestralĀ music into alternative rock. The violin sneaks in when you least expect it, sometimes providing a nice background riff, and other times leading the song with beautiful strokes. The hard hitting and pop punk sounds that you are used to from Yellowcard are heard on the album, with most songs powering on with solid drums laid down like only their drummer LP can do. He masterfully maneuvers the skins, adding killer beats and technical prowess wherever needed. The lead guitar is handled by Ryan Mendez, a new addition to the band after Ben Harper left the band. The man clearly knows his way around a fretboard, shredding when needed, and making beautiful harmonies on demand. Ryan Key's vocals could not be better, floating ever so lightly over softer tracks, and powering through the harder hitting songs. The use of the piano is heard moreso on this record than their others, and it is a welcome addition. The mixing of the CD is done well, and producer Neal Avron has once again lived up to his reputation.

If you are looking for a solid rock album to listen to that isn't just regurgitated power chords, Yellowcard may be just what you're looking for. With tracks that range from hard hitting to light and airy, Paper Walls offers a dynamic listening experience for any music lover.
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April 27, 2009
No, they are technically on indefinite hiatus. They insist they aren't broken up, but Ryan Key is in a new band (Big If) and other members have family things going on.
 
April 27, 2009
What, this band is still together?! I've always lumped them with Blink-182, one of those hand-me-down punk bands for teens. You can now correct me, and tell me how wrong I really am. ;)
 
April 24, 2009
Thanks. I agree though, I find it hard to express to people how I feel about music other than "it's really good" unless I sit down and actually analyze it. It's difficult to touch on universal things also, not just things that are personal to me and some band.
 
April 24, 2009
I usually find music one of the hardest things to write about - how do you put into words something that should be experienced - but this is a great review. Very nicely done.
 
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Paper Walls is an album by the band Yellowcard that was released in 2007.
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Music, Albums, Yellowcard, Ryan Key, Ocean Avenue, Lights And Sounds

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Performer: Ryan Key, Ryan Mendez, Pete Mosely, Sean Mackin, Longineu W. Parsons III
Release Date: July 17, 2007
Label: Capitol
Artist: Yellowcard

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