Yellowcard
Where We Stand


5.0
classic

Review

by speedkills1995 USER (15 Reviews)
September 9th, 2012 | 23 replies | 2,800 views


Release Date: 1999 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Yellowcard's original lineup and sound has been discarded by most fans. For better or for worse? Decide for yourself.

1 of 4 thought this review was well written

Many years ago, I became infatuated with Yellowcard after seeing a performance of "Ocean Avenue" on television. Through a strange twist of fate, I recieved "Where We Stand" as a birthday present. And how surprised I was, upon popping the CD into the player and hearing this feral beast of punk: Metallic guitar work, combined with ridiculously fast drumming, all complete with a violin filling in the background. This was not what I heard on television, obviously, though this is not to say that I was displeased. At all.

I spent days driving my mom up the wall, by blasting the album thoroughly time and time again. I was so fascinated by the furious drive the album contained. It never grew boring or dull. The first thing you hear upon pressing "play", is a shredding riff, combined with Mackin's violin. We hear LP's drum roll, which leads into Dobson shouting out his rebellious, "I-don't-care" style lyrics.

This album is very unique, especially when it is considered that the band was still in high school when it was recorded. Many teenagers these days care about nothing more than "pig squealing" (and other ridiculous faux-pas), but Yellowcard represent a place in punk that no band has ever matched for me. The quality is great, but it retains that scratchy punk feeling.

Dobson shouts out vocals viciously and angrily, though the group's other members lend a helping hand with clean vocals on several tracks. Do not let the first track fool you; this album is not repetitive at all. In fact, it is somewhat experimental. We have the thrashy, spastic "Sorry Try Again", the Street Fighter intro used for "Kids", and, of course, melodic riffs of "April 20th". I can only wonder if that song is about Columbine, or simply being a pothead. Perhaps both? These guys were far from straight-edge.

"Where We Stand" is a pinnacle of old-school punk. It has been abandoned and discarded now that Ryan has taken over the fray. I recommend you give the album a listen, and not for the sake of comparing it to the newer releases, such as the recent "Southern Air". That is the equivalent of comparing a Metallica album to Sonny & Cher. (Quite a dramatic comparison, but a true one.)



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Lakess
September 9th 2012



46 Comments


lol

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
September 9th 2012



18622 Comments


ha doubt this is a 5 also there's a song called 4:20 lol

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Lenix
September 9th 2012



793 Comments


"For better or for worse? Decide for yourself."

worse, much worse

breakingthefragile
September 9th 2012



2935 Comments


Uh...

breakingthefragile
September 9th 2012



2935 Comments


Also, chill out with the reviews, submit just 1 a day, it pushes other people's reviews off of the homepage.

TooLateToGoBack
September 9th 2012



1676 Comments


is this when Yellowcard was terrible?

also, lmao at that album art

sixdegrees
September 9th 2012



15777 Comments


a 5, really?!

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blastOFFitsPARTYtime
September 9th 2012



1477 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Say whaaaaat?!

Sue is the only good song on here.

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
September 9th 2012



3020 Comments


EDIT: I'm stupid, sorry people

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Lambda
September 9th 2012



2335 Comments


What's wrong with the art?

skoopy48
September 9th 2012



1308 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

nopers

JasonCarne
September 9th 2012



220 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I hope this is a troll review - "pinnacle of old-school punk"...in 1999?


Also - Earth Crisis and Hot Cross for your recommendations, hahahahaha, right.

DirEnRefused
September 9th 2012



1963 Comments


my eyes are bleeding

Irving
Staff Reviewer
September 9th 2012



7011 Comments


Here I

GO

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DirtyDan
April 22nd 2013



147 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Way better than their new commercial stuff.

toxin.
April 22nd 2013



11821 Comments


their new stuff is not commercial at all, they haven't had a hit in like 8 years

JasonCarne
April 24th 2013



220 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

That doesn't mean it's not commercial, it means they aren't good enough to write a hit anymore.

toxin.
April 24th 2013



11821 Comments


and that's how i know you're an idiot

lincoln had a quote for you


Kris.
April 24th 2013



11374 Comments


That doesn't mean it's not commercial, it means they aren't good enough to write a hit anymore.



good god did you really just say that

DirtyDan
April 24th 2013



147 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Wow looks like I started an argument here. All I'm saying is that Yellowcard has gone downhill for me.



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