Sound — 9
What are the factors that makes up Yellowcard and brings out its being, well, Yellowcard? Probably the most important factor is the violin. Sean Mackin shows great skill in blending a classical instrument like the violin in alternative music. With Sean Mackin's help, Yellowcard crossed genres by having a Country touch on one of their songs 'View From Heaven'. It also brought out the efficiency of the acoustics in 'One Year, Six Months.' Another factor: LP. LP is simply one of the greatest drummers I have ever heard of. So much stamina in playing the drums that he could hit cymbals and drums in a split second, thus giving the music a really great feel of alternative rock. Third factor: Benjamin Harper. Benjamin Harper is a great guitarist. What's an alternative band without someone like him? His rhythm is really catchy, and combined with Sean Mackin's violin, you get the best rhythms that you just can't get out of your head.
Lyrics — 10
Yellowcard, from my point of view, will always be a band with a message with every song they play. Like 'Way Away', for example. It tells you to go on out and do what your heart desires. Don't let anything get in the way of your dreams and goals. 'Believe', a song written about 9-11, is another song with an important message: don't waste the chance other people have risked to give you. Their songs also help you cope up with losses. 'Miles Apart' deals with times of separation, like graduating from school or moving to another place. 'View From Heaven' deals with the greatest loss a man could ever experience: death of a loved one. Ryan Key, along with Sean Mackin, brings out these songs' messages well with their voices and gives it a little emotion of what the whole song is all about.
Overall Impression — 10
Every band is unique in their own way, but Yellowcard is definitely a band that stands out and their album 'Ocean Avenue' proves that fact. All their songs are appropriate for any kind of mood you would have, so there is no downside. It doesn't matter if you like rhythm or lyrics more, as this album have a great mix of both. There's no one in this world that doesn't have a problem, so an album like 'Ocean Avenue' can help you in some way cope up with those problems. In my view, being an immigrant, Miles Apart is hands down the best song in this album. Simple, yet very catchy. I wouldn't let anyone steal the CD or get it lost, as 'Ocean Avenue' is worth every penny you for it. It doesn't matter who you are. 'Ocean Avenue' is definitely for you.