An album for the fans.
Label: Hopeless Records
Released: 30th September 2016
Yellowcard have come a long way since their bratty pop-punk days of yesteryear, shouting about existential break-downs and nagging mothers back on their 1997 debut ‘Midget Tossing’. ‘Yellowcard’ is their tenth and final record, making it a closing chapter on a band that have grown and developed into one of the more emotive, candid offerings in an undeniably oversaturated genre. Recorded in frontman Ryan Key’s home studio, there’s a relaxed essence the runs throughout; a band that are comfortable in what they have to say, even if it is a little tedious at times. Yellowcard takes a little while to get going, as opener ‘Rest in Peace’ teases with stereotypical builds, with a chorus that doesn’t quite deliver.
Third track ‘Got Yours’ is the first stand-out effort; it’s raw and energetic, harking back to the days of the band’s breakout – and arguably best – album Ocean Avenue but the momentum is lost a little once the slow-burning and borderline cheesy ‘Leave a Light On’ appears. There are some bright moments throughout but with lyrics entrenched in cliches, Yellowcard feels like an album that we’ve heard before. Long-term fans will no doubt relish in the typical Yellowcard flairs – those lead violin parts are particularly charming – but ‘Yellowcard’ isn’t an album that will bring aboard any latecomers. It’s an album for the fans that have followed them throughout their extensive career and after ten years, that’s all that really matters. Sammy Maine