Saturday, April 2, 2011

When You're Through Thinking, Say Yes! To This Album

 When I learned that Yellowcard has finally got back together and started work on a new album titled When You're Through Thinking, Say Yes, it was an understatement to say I was excited. The Florida-based band has been my #1 favourite ever since I first heard Way Away while playing SSX 3 on Gamecube. Usually I only like a few songs from a band or artist. With Yellowcard I currently own almost the entire discography (Angels & Airwaves is the only other band I can say this for). The use of electric violin in punk rock is very unique and never gets old.

The album opens with The Sound Of You And Me. Anyone who likes Ocean Avenue will enjoy the pacing and lyrics. Amazing way to start the record. For You And Your Denial has a very similar feel to the first track. They actually blend together pretty well. This song was the first from When You're Through Thinking, Say Yes released as a single, and it definitely was a good teaser.

With You Around reminds me of Inside Out from Ocean Avenue in terms of pacing. Both are not slow, but not fast. They're somewhere in the middle. There is also a neat reference to Only One right in the first line. This further emphasizes the more mature tone throughout the whole record.

Hang You Up was the other single released before the album was shipped to stores. I feared that I would be tired of it buy the time I bought it as I listened to it much more than For You And Your Denial, but thankfully that is not the case. I can very much relate to the disappointment of differences between people as we grow up. This song also probably has some of the best use of violin that Yellowcard has ever done. It lends so much to the sad feeling that it really stirs the emotions. 

Life of Leaving Home almost fell into the same category as With You Around, but it grew on me. It's about spreading your wings out to new experiences and leaving the nest. I can really relate to this with my experience in Australia right now, heh.

Hide and Soundtrack are both great songs. The former appears to be about a fallout in a friendship and saying that they will still be around. The latter seems to continue where the former left off. It first starts off about how things fall apart sometimes, but with confidence can be put back together. However, both instrumentally have a very upbeat tone. Nice trickery there.

Sing For Me is no doubt my favourite. I was so glad they didn't choose this one to release as a single before the album came out. It easily ranks up there with Dear Bobbie and Only One. I love how there's always some heartfelt and emotional songs in between some of the more fast paced stuff. In my opinion they are what makes Yellowcard truly stand out. Apparently this track is about frontman Ryan Key's terminally ill aunt.

See Me Smiling goes right back to the fast paced punk rock that Yellowcard is known for.  The song is about a former relationship, and how painful it is to be without that partner. In the end however, they hope they can see him or her smiling. Very easy to relate to, and one of the best songs on the album.

Be The Young is one heck of a finisher. Starting out with blaring guitar riffs, you know this album is going out with a bang and not a whimper. Not only that, but the lyrics also contribute greatly to what is meant to be a concluding song. Ryan Key sings about how awkward and painful growing up is, but it can be overcome and you will always be young at heart. "It's endless and I know" is the last line. Perfect note to end the album on.

All in all, Yellowcard's two year hiatus seems to have done nothing but good for the band. When You're Through Thinking, Say Yes takes the best aspects of their music and continues to develop and mature it further. I very highly recommend this to anyone who even mildly enjoys rock. There are no "bad" songs here though a few may need time to grow on you. This could be just the shot of adrenaline your music collection needs.

Highlights: Sing For Me, The Sound Of You And Me, Hang You Up, Be The Young
Rating: 10/10. Mind blowing!

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