Ocean Avenue review by Yellowcard

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  • Released: Jul 22, 2003
  • Sound: 8
  • Lyrics: 6
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 7.3 Good
  • Users' score: 9 (64 votes)
Yellowcard: Ocean Avenue
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Sound — 8
Everyone talks about the violin in Yellowcard, and how "original" it is. Personally, I don't think it's that great an addition. Of course, it adds a bit of depth to many of the songs, but it's not too much to shout about - they'd manage without it. That said, Yellowcard are one of the more promising pop-punk bands around currently. The sound varies from the louder songs such as "Way Away" and "Breathing" to almost emo-style ballads like "Empty Apartment". The harder stuff is the best, but the overall sound is catchy and listenable.

Lyrics — 6
The lyrics generally aren't too impressive, and follow a similar theme to most bands in this sort of genre. The singer has a horrible Americanised voice, but, being American, I suppose he should be forgiven. There's the odd little sparkle, but it's generally a fairly generic rhyming kind of thing.

Overall Impression — 8
Yellowcard are definitely one of the best pop-punk bands around right now. The sound isn't too original, neither are the lyrics. But the overall outcome is very satisfying. There are plenty of decent tracks on here, perfect as background music for a party. An album I would recommend to anyone into pop-punk. If not, stay well away. If pop-punk is a burning bandwagon, Yellowcard may well be the tallest flame.

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