Yellowcard bids adieu with final album

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016 at 11:41 PM
Yellowcard bids adieu with final album by Dakota Palmer

If you’re like me, you remember screaming the lyrics to “Ocean Avenue” by Yellowcard as if they were the last words you would ever speak. Now, 12 years later, Yellowcard is calling it quits with the release of their tenth and final album, which is selftitled and was released Sept. 30 on Hopeless Records.

The band released its first album in 1997 and has since been an icon in the pop-punk world. Yellowcard is most widely known for the violin use in its songs, which creates a unique rock sound.

All 10 tracks on the album have themes of leaving, change, forgiveness and moving on. The album has the same sound as Yellowcard’s most popular and previously mentioned album, “Ocean Avenue.” Whether this sound similarity was deliberate or not, it sure helps the fans celebrate the 19 years of great music Yellowcard has produced.

The first song, “Rest in Peace,” has the classic Yellowcard guitar sound that us fans know and love, and as always, about 20 seconds in we hear the fantastic violin that makes the band so unique. Finally, lead singer Ryan Key comes in with his unforgettable and soothing, yet rough voice. The song is a great way to open the album and a heartbreaking way to remind fans this is the band’s last.

The song “A Place We Set Afire” shows that it has potential to become the album’s most popular track. Beginning with a drum solo, it immediately sets the hardcore, yet fragile state of the track. The chorus, once again about leaving and moving on, sweetly goes, “We don’t have to say goodbye/but we can’t get lost in time/I’ll be yours and you’ll be mine/maybe in another life.” The song is a very nice addition to the album and has the early to mid-2000s pop-punk sound that brings people back to their angst-filled days.

“I’m a Wrecking Ball” is an acoustic song that adds a great sense of self-realization to the album. The guitar riff can make one feel solemn, but safe and reminiscent of the past.

Finally, the longest and final song on the album, “Fields & Fences,” is one of the slowest songs on the album. The gentle melody is very genuine and seemingly reflective on their years as a band. “Fields & Fences” is the perfect song to conclude this touching record.

For 19 years, Yellowcard has occupied a place in many young hearts. I don’t think the band could have gone out on a better note. “Yellowcard” is certainly no “Ocean Avenue” or “When You’re Through Thinking, Say Yes,” but it certainly fits the purpose of a final album.

Yellowcard is currently on their final U.S. tour, running through November. You can purchase their final album in stores, online, and stream it online now.

Yellowcard is Key (vocals), Sean Mackin (Violin), Ryan Mendez (lead guitar), Longineu Parsons (drums) and Josh Portman (bass guitar).

Dakota Palmer is The Voices Editor for The Spectator and she can be reached at voices.spectator@gmail.com

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