Yellowcard
Paper Walls


5.0
classic

Review

by badgerYA232 USER (2 Reviews)
July 17th, 2013 | 15 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The album that set the stage for Yellowcard's future masterpieces. A must hear in this band's development and growth.

Paper Walls holds a unique spot in Yellowcard’s excellent discography. The last album before their hiatus, poorly promoted by their label, and viewed by many as a commercial flop. However, this album is easily one of the most important and brilliant works of their career. This album is the birth of what Yellowcard is now: a phenomenal band that seems to get better and better with each release.

There is a distinct stylistic change between this album and their previous output on One for the Kids, Ocean Avenue, and Lights and Sounds. On this album they synthesize the frenetic energy of the earlier albums with the aggression and deeper lyrical qualities of Lights and Sounds to create a new sound. There is another addition to Yellowcard’s tool belt present in this album for the first time: the riffs. Oh sweet Jesus the riffs on this album! The riffs are incredible. This album is like a punk guitar lover’s wet dream. Almost every song has unique beautiful guitar riffs that stick in your brain long after the songs end.

The album starts out brilliantly with “Takedown.” It comes out swinging and lets you know that you’re in for something new. Easily one of the best opening songs on a Yellowcard album, “Takedown” really shows off the awesome interplay between the violin and the guitars. “Fighting” has one of the catchiest guitar parts on the entire album with a sweet bridge filled with plenty of “whoas” that make you want to sing along as loud as you can. From there the album keeps satisfying with great song after great song. My personal favorite song on the album is “Cut Me, Mick.” This song has a meaty riff that is incredibly epic. The bridge in this song has one guitar playing the main riff while another harmonizes right under it. It is one of the many moments of musical brilliance on this album that takes your breath away.

If possible, try and track down the bonus track “Bombers.” When you hear this song you will wonder why it was not released on the album. It is not only an excellent track, but also one of the greatest tracks the band has ever written.

I could go on and on and write a paragraph for why each individual song is great, but I’m not going to do that. Instead I’m going to say just listen to the whole thing. It is a truly great album that was not appreciated properly when it was first released but has grown to be a fan favorite.

This album laid the groundwork for everything that Yellowcard would become today. The two albums they have released since their reformation have expanded upon many of the skills and ideas first put on display on this album. Is it my absolute favorite Yellowcard album? No, - that title has to go to it’s follow up When You’re Through Thinking, Say Yes – but this is one hell of an album that set the stage for what was to come. It is a can’t miss and masterpiece of modern punk-pop music.

Must Download:
Honestly the entire album is a must download, but if you have to just get a few I strongly recommend:
Fighting
Light Up the Sky
Cut Me, Mick
Bombers (Bonus Track)


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Comments:Add a Comment 
Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
July 17th 2013


11795 Comments


Light Up The Sky is an alright track

Digging: Rishloo - Living as Ghosts with Buildings as Teeth

badgerYA232
July 17th 2013


11 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

That's one of my favorites off the album. Really killer live song.


DegausserGuernica24
July 17th 2013


1134 Comments


Ocean Avenue was better than this imo.

Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
July 17th 2013


11795 Comments


Anyway pretty solid second review.

badgerYA232
July 17th 2013


11 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

@Mongi Thanks.

@Degausser I LOVE Ocean Avenue, don't get me wrong, but this one I feel has more to offer from a musical/technical standpoint.

NeoSpaz
July 17th 2013


4519 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

When You're Through Thinking Say Yes was easier to spin, even though Ocean Avenue was great too.

Would probably say in terms of musical technical standards, Lights and Sounds would be the go to.

badgerYA232
July 17th 2013


11 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Lights and Sounds is my least favorite album by them. It's the only one where I think they tried some things that didn't work, but the lessons they did learn from that album they definitely have applied to their later music. It's definitely an album they had to make.

Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
July 17th 2013


11795 Comments


I enjoyed Southern Air a lot. That's my personal favorite by them.

sithlord416
July 17th 2013


76 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"Shadows and Regrets" and "Paper Walls" are my favorites, but the whole album is great. Not quite as good as WYTTSY or Southern Air IMO, but it's not far behind.

AfterTheBreakdown
July 18th 2013


7172 Comments


Pretty good album and most of what they've released. Five becomes four is probably my favorite from this.

joshieboy12345
July 18th 2013


5371 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Light Up The Sky rules.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
July 18th 2013


20158 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I think southern air is my favorite yellowcard album now.

Digging: Johann Sebastian Bach - Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major, BWV 1050

pacedown
July 18th 2013


174 Comments


"must download!"
"must purchase" could have been better..


joshieboy12345
July 18th 2013


5371 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I think Ocean Avenue will always be my favourite.

tmagistrelli
July 18th 2013


741 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

i agree with this, nice review. take a look at my review of this album as well, many of the same points



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