Paper Walls manages to surpass the musical upgrade that was Lights and Sounds demonstrating that Yellowcard is a band with true potential and not just a better Simple Plan. Consistently solid and with great musicianship, Paper Walls is an album that one can really enjoy. The lack of deeper and stronger hooks and the lack of a bit more violin play are some of the flaws that hold back a potentially head-turning album. An album really worth checking out (especially for pop-punk fans) because it might not be superb, but it is still an album that will be very much enjoyed and a very good fun time.
'Paper Walls' has it's moments of glory, and the undeniable talent of this band still seems intact, but you can't help but feel like you've heard it all before. Keeping that familiar sound you come to expect from Yellowcard isn't a bad thing, but not seeming to even try to expand your sound is another thing. A little more mature than anything the band has released yet, it shows signs of growing up, and that's a huge step for the band. 'Paper Walls' is still a fantastic album, no matter how familiar it seems to sound.
I am a big fan of Yellowcard, so I might be a bit biased. I loved their new album and most of the songs on it. It is a lot different than "Lights and Sounds" and less political. Great album. It also shows how much they have improved and changed since the beginning of their careers. Great band.