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These guys dropped their last album this year, so figured now is a perfect time to throw up my ranking of their discography. I just finished my last final for my first semester of software development, and have barely slept this week. I'll finish the descriptions after I catch some zzzzzzzz
Midget Tossing

Yellowcard's beginnings are much different than what we are accustomed to from this pop punk outfit. The first Dobson-led Yellowcard album is a complete mess, to say the least. There are decent performances on Midget Tossing, but the album as a whole is marred by a horrendous, muffled mix. Off-key vocals during the more melodic parts don't help this album's case, either.

[2 / 5]
Lift a Sail

Hopes were high for this album since it seemed as if Yellowcard hit their stride with When You're Through Thinking, Say Yes and Southern Air. Unfortunately, it's filled to the brim with mediocre songs. The mix here (bass especially) isn't all that great, either. The ballads on this album (and there are a lot) are either dull, or have extremely cringeworthy lyrics and vocal melodies. I enjoy this band, but I would understand why their detractors would find Ryan Key's vocals annoying if they only heard Lift a Sail. The band's solid instrumentation they are known for saves this from being a disaster.

[2.5 / 5]
Where We Stand

Their sophomore album with Dobson marks an incremental, but notable improvement for the band after Midget Tossing. The production is a tad better, the songwriting chops have improved, and Dobson has developed a bit as a hardcore punk vocalist. However, all the same problems, like poor mixing efforts, and amateurish vocals from Dobson and other members of the band are still prevalent, albeit to a lesser extent. It would have been interesting to see what this band would have became if they stuck with Dobson and continued in this vein. Their ballsy approach to melodic punk hints at a lot of potential on this album. Also, the hidden ending on this album is fucking hilarious.

[2.5 / 5]
One for the Kids

[3 / 5]
Paper Walls

Paper Walls seems like an attempt to return to their more straight-forward pop punk sound heard on Ocean Avenue after some experimentation on previous album Lights & Sounds. Unfortunately, some of the tracks are quite bland, and a strange mix that is off-putting. There's enough solid music here to make a great EP, but overall this feels like a regression after the last two albums.

[3 / 5]

Yellowcard's self-titled coda is definitely a good album for them to go out on. The great production job here makes everything crystal clear, and also gives the music (and the listener) space to breathe. "Leave A Light On" is the token heartfelt cut that has a way bigger impact than almost anything from Lift a Sail. There's solid variation, like the neat clean guitar riff in "The Hurt is Gone", and the trippy ending in "Empty Spaces". Especially for fans of their heavier material, parts of this album can feel a bit boring as Yellowcard is definitely one of their more ballad-heavy releases. Still, it's one of their better albums and it's clear that what we have here is a love letter and a goodbye to their fans.

[3.5 / 5]
Southern Air

[3.5 / 5]
Lights and Sounds

[3.5 / 5]
Ocean Avenue

Ocean Avenue is, without a doubt, Yellowcard's most iconic and definitive album. Huge anthems like "Way Away", "Only One", and the title track are absolute hits, and featured urgent instrumentation that was fairly technical compared to their peers. A lot of the band's best songs are on this album. There are a few songs in the second half that either don't live up to the high standard or feel like filler, but this will be a pop punk staple for years to come.

[4 / 5]
When You're Through Thinking, Say Yes

[4 / 5]
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