Haven't done one of these in a while, but I think the occasion calls for it.
Just got Yellowcard's When You're Through Thinking, Say Yes today. Comes out March 22 via Hopeless Records.
There's a good variety on the album...that's what I noticed first. People will compare it too much to Ocean Avenue. There are definitely a couple of sun-soaked pop songs on here..."With You Around" should be a single that receives some attention. Seems like a song that could even see radio play if radio trends swing back toward pop-punk.
Some slower stuff on here too..."Sing For Me" is mid-tempo and Ryan Key absolutely owns it. He might be better than ever on this record, but then again I could listen to him sing anything.
Ultimately I'd say this is in between an Ocean Avenue and Paper Walls sound but there is definitely some freshness presented here. My expectations were sky-high for this record, considering that Yellowcard introduced me to the scene, and they haven't been disappointed. A Yellowcard reunion is more important to me than any other reunion, really. I don't want to say too much here...rather leave it for the review, which is why I avoided a track-by-track commentary.
But it's extremely refreshing to see a band be able to take time off, get themselves together, and come back right where they left off in totally badass-ness without missing a beat. The closer might be the best song...gang vocals + violin....yummmm.
More to come in a real review soon. Probably going to be the length of a senior thesis.