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RS: 3.5of 5 Stars Average User Rating: 4of 5 Stars

2006

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In 2004, when they sold more than a million albums, Yellowcard symbolized just how undeniably mainstream punk pop had become -- and, for many, just how miserably watered-down the music was now. With Lights and Sounds, the Southern California group has moved even more into the middle -- and has made what ends up being one of the best straight-up pop-rock albums of 2006. Sometimes, all you can do is prove your critics right.

Like the Goo Goo Dolls, who were never as punk as they thunk, Yellowcard have rightfully recognized the transcendent value of a big, fist-pumping anthem coated with a light dose of romantic schmaltz. Lights and Sounds' "City of Devils" employs an orchestra for a chorus with such a sublime lilt that it could melt even the hardest heart. On "Waiting Game," the band turns what otherwise might have been a cheesy melodic hook into irresistible pop confection. The bright, wistful "Two Weeks From Twenty," meanwhile, echoes Ben Folds Five with its gentle oohs and ahs, jazzy guitar and horn solos, and singer Ryan Key's airy falsetto. And on the rootsy acoustic number "How I Go," Key duets with Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks; their voices intertwine beautifully, however overwrought the lyrics.

Lights and Sounds has a little heft. The searing "Rough Landing" and the title track boast seismic alt-rock riffs and mosh-worthy refrains. Perhaps the most significant proof of Yellowcard's maturity is their restraint: Violinist Sean Mackin's chops are showcased with much greater subtlety on Lights and Sounds. It may undercut their punk-pop-with-fiddle shtick, but when you've got songs this good, you don't need a gimmick.



JENNY ELISCU

(Posted: Jan 23, 2006)

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Review 1 of 3

xdrmx13 writes:

5of 5 Stars

In 2004 when Yellowcard sold over a million albums they symbolized just how punk pop they rely are. The Southern California group has moved even more into the middle -- and has made what ends up being one of the best straight-up pop-rock albums of 2006. Yellowcard is Ryan Key, Sean Mackin, Peter Mosley, Longineu Parsons the third, and Ryan Mendez. Lights and Sounds' "City of Devils" employs an orchestra for a chorus with such a sublime lilt that it could melt even the hardest heart. On "Waiting Game," the band turns what otherwise might have been a cheesy melodic hook into irresistible pop confection. The bright, wistful "Two Weeks From Twenty," meanwhile, echoes Ben Folds Five with its gentle oohs and ahs, jazzy guitar and horn solos, and singer Ryan Key's airy falsetto. And on the great acoustic number "How I Go," Key duets with Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks; their voices mix great, however overwrought the lyrics. My favorite song is Hollywood died because it explains how we are destroying Hollywood. It has exceptional lyrics that will move you. I give this cd a 4 out 0f 5 stars because it has a great mix of music and it is a great cd.

Feb 16, 2006 14:16:17

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