i think alot of the hate for lights and sounds was that it was too different from how they used to be. i mean sure, the lyrics are subpar like they've always been, there was hardly any emotion in the vocals, the violin was included very little and it has 'two weeks from twenty'. yet everyone i showed the album to that had never listened to them before really liked it. as a standalone album it's pretty good IMO, but compared to the rest of the YC catalog it's just not as good.
what do you guys think? what was your main problems with lights and sounds?
-Monotone vocals/lack emotion
-Violin buried in the layers of the song
-Too many songs had way too much of "arena-rock" feel to them
I'm all for stepping out of your comfort zone and trying something new, but you have to do it well. Yellowcard didn't. They're good at making fun pop-punk, and should stick to that.