Whatever you think of their craft, they’ve mastered it...
Listeners of a certain age (like, 24) may remember the negativity Yellowcard received early in their career for having the un-punk audacity of featuring a violinist in their pop-punk line-up. So it’s kind of funny that their seventh album marks their integrity being upheld far further than naysayers could ever have imagined. Musically, ‘When You’re Through Thinking, Say Yes’ picks up where 07’s ‘Paper Walls’ left off, with opener ‘The Sound Of You And Me’ showing off their usual high-energy riffs, hooks and choruses with signature airtight delivery (the drums, in particular, are insane on this record). Lead track ‘For You, And Your Denial’, along with fellow belters ‘See Me Smiling’, ‘Soundtrack’ and ‘Life Of Leaving Home’ show how well their setup translates into songs, whether they’re carrying a riff from a guitar part to the violin, or updating their characteristically emotional lyrics beyond the pop-punk cliché of high school scenarios. ‘Hang You Up’ and ‘Sing For Me’ are slower-paced, but their instrumentation almost works better here. Overall, whatever you think of their craft, they’ve mastered it; this writer’s mentioned almost every track on the album to hold up this review – and that’s got to be a good sign.
Since our last issue hit the shelves, we've had a fair amount of flak from Yellowcard fans about our review of the album. So, in the interest of allowing you to make your own minds up, we've hooked up with Razor & Tie to offer you a FULL stream of the album ahead of its release on Monday. Give it a whirl, and please tell us what you think!
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