Yellowcard
Southern Air


4.0
excellent

Review

by jayfatha USER (28 Reviews)
August 8th, 2012 | 36 replies | 2,905 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Let's just keep driving on

3 of 4 thought this review was well written

Most people that talk about Yellowcard will talk about how nostalgia-inducing they are, how the band really brings them back to simpler times that the listener longs for and wants to relive again and again. I don't share that same listening experience with them, partly because I'm currently in that "simpler time" that Yellowcard captures the essence of in their music, but mostly because I discovered them at a time in my life that I would never want to have to relive. A lot of family members lost, first loves gone wrong, etc...you get the idea. That was right around the time their last album, When You're Through Thinking, Say Yes was released, and it was exactly what I needed to hear. While it wasn't particularly deep or thoughtful, I related to it 100% (not to mention it's incredibly catchy). It was perfect for that time, but obviously listening to it now wouldn't bring back memories that I'd want to remember.

Now, about a year and a half in the future, they've released Southern Air. Things are going my way, I don't need an album to relate to like I did last year. Of course this time around, it wasn't going to be as special to me. While listening to it I had to think, is the music as good without a personal bias? Be it nostalgia or, in my case, vulnerability to an album like it. When I was through thinking, I said yes. Yellowcard has never been a band that switched things up all too much; they've made simple, honest pop-punk for people that need exactly that almost their entire career, and their formula hasn't failed them yet. Southern Air is every bit as relatable and fun as anything else they've done, and it's unmistakably a Yellowcard album.

A very familiar part of the album is that some songs are much better than others. Songs like Surface of the Sun, A Vicious Kind, and Telescope show that the band still has a knack for massive choruses with the infectious, soaring melodies. Most of the tracks are as memorable as one would like, even someone with no prior connection to Yellowcard would love the catchiness of the title track or Sleep in the Snow. Of course some songs fall flat, like the ballad of the album Ten which, like most Yellowcard ballads, comes out quite corny and forgettable. Other songs like Here I Am Alive and Rivertown Blues are little more than enjoyable little numbers that you nod your head to then forget about when the next song comes on. Not that anything is done wrong in these songs perse, they're just not done quite as right as others and blend in when put amongst those songs on the album.

Ryan Key's slightly above average lyrics about regret, love, loss, and anything like it that an adult would look back on his teenage years and think about still have that certain something that hits you and makes you feel what he's saying, and are sung in a voice that's slightly more matured than in previous releases. The instrumentation is still made up of catchy chords, drumming that is fast and energetic, and the occasional well-placed violin line. Lines like "It's always summer in my heart and in my soul" or "I give this one to you/an anthem full of truths" prove that Yellowcard are still doing what their fans need from them; summertime anthems for everyone's inner teenager.

Sure, it's easy to say that they're out of ideas and they've been rehashing what they did nine years ago on Ocean Avenue ever since then. To someone that has no previous personal connection to the band, it could very well seem that way. However, if someone that was in high school when Ocean Avenue came out heard this, they'd get the sense of nostalgia that they'd want from a new Yellowcard album. If someone is in a similar position to mine last year and they heard this, it would have the same uplifting, somewhat inspiring effect on them that When You're Through Thinking, Say Yes had on me. Is that not the point of this band? We're all now comfortable in the niche the band has found, and it's albums just like Southern Air that found it. I think many people, myself included, owe Yellowcard a thank you for that.



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jayfatha
August 8th 2012



2882 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmL-iqpq0zY&feature=youtu.be
After about 10 listens I just had to write something about this. I guess this is different then my other reviews so let me know how it is

nash1311
August 8th 2012



1752 Comments


My only qualm is you spoke about personal experiences more than the album. And while that is important to you, we as an audience wanna know about the album you're reviewing. Apart from that, I thought it was spot on, rating and all. Have a pos

nash1311
August 8th 2012



1752 Comments


And I'm no expert lol, that was just my opinion

ZackSh33
August 8th 2012



204 Comments


Do these guys still have a fiddle player?

Good review, but I didn't really get any information about the album itself--I get that it brings a good sense of nostalgia for you, but could you go through a couple of tracks, tell us which ones are good/bad? I'm interested in listening to this, but I don't want to go through another Paper Walls *shivers*

LifeAsAChipmunk
August 8th 2012



4854 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

"Do these guys still have a fiddle player?"

Of course.

jayfatha
August 8th 2012



2882 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

@nash Yea I figured that would be sort of a problem, I just wanted to get how I feel about the album out I guess. Sowing's gonna come own any reviews for this anyway so I figured why not

nash1311
August 8th 2012



1752 Comments


Yeah cause I mean your review was short at 4 paragraphs, at least 1 or 2 concerning the album specifically could have made a huge improvement

LifeAsAChipmunk
August 8th 2012



4854 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

He has a point, Sowing's gonna review this within the next day or two. :3

He won't let us down.

skoopy48
August 8th 2012



1308 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Every one of the tracks here is solid but the lack of progression is starting to bother me

jayfatha
August 8th 2012



2882 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Alright I added an extra paragraph talking more about the actual songs, should have put it in there in the first place but ya know

nash1311
August 8th 2012



1752 Comments


That's a bit better. Also Asleep in the Snow needs to be sleep in the snow. And finally, song names are in quotes and albums are in italics.

Kris.
August 8th 2012



11436 Comments


this is gonna rule so hard cant wait to hear it

toxin.
August 8th 2012



11824 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0


I don't share that same listening experience with them, partly because I'm currently in that "simpler time" that Yellowcard captures the essence of in their music. But mostly, because I discovered them at a time in my life that I would never want to have to relive.

It should be one sentence, so remove the period, add a comma before "but,' and get rid of the comma after mostly. (Parallel structure on that one)

Anyways, okay review. Prose was okay, not impressive but not bad. Content was again unremarkable. It took some effort to sift through the personal experiences for actual commentary on the album, but it was there.

I'll abstain from voting though.

SowingSeason
Emeritus
August 8th 2012



14513 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I agree with most of the points you made, particularly about the best songs (sleep in the snow) and the worst ones (ten). I think this album feels a lot like WYTTSY, but it's a little more liberated. Everything just flows better and for once it doesn't feel like they are over reaching to recreate the atmosphere of Ocean Avenue.

I haven't made up my mind where this stands compared to their other works, but it seems to be in line with Paper Walls (in terms of style, although the production is worlds better), an album that I absolutely loved. We'll see what my third, fourth, and fifth listens bring to the table though; I feel like after one day I haven't had time to truly settle on any concrete opinions.

Tyrael
August 8th 2012



20442 Comments


A wall 'O Sowing

nash1311
August 8th 2012



1752 Comments


^ you sum up everything I feel when you speak about this album lol

nash1311
August 8th 2012



1752 Comments


NOT YOU, TY

Tyrael
August 8th 2012



20442 Comments


fast like a ninja

J0ckstrapsFTW
August 8th 2012



3585 Comments


I enjoyed this but ill listen to it once more before rating

nash1311
August 8th 2012



1752 Comments


Yum. Ninjas is sexy



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