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Lights And Sounds
Capitol Records

"Long-awaited and much anticipated" pretty much sums it all up. It has been three years since Yellowcard really made their appearance in the music scene and we've all waited patiently. Yes, there were two other albums before, but when Ocean Avenue was released in 2003, everyone really got to know this band from Jacksonville, Florida. Was it worth the wait for this 4th album? Oh yes!

If you don't count One For The Kids and The Underdog EP, then this is Yellowcard's second true piece of work. I'm not counting the other two albums because I think they're bad - purely because the second two releases have chart-topping hits which have given the band their recognition. Lights and Sounds is by far their best yet. It mixes the almost pop-punk, radio-friendly songs with a harder and more emotional tone. You still get that classic Yellowcard sound with the orchestral accompaniment on a handful of the songs. But, in this one there's stronger guitars, more dynamics, and even a larger orchestra (25-piece to be exact). The lyrics on Lights and Sounds seem to have more meaning, more depth as well. "The whole world is different now that men have died/And no one's hands are strong enough to fix what happened here", these words from "Words, Hands, Hearts" seem to be tackling the issues that are very prominent in today's society. Perhaps, the band is trying to show how they have matured from One For The Kids or maybe they're simply attempting to target a new audience than that of Ocean Avenue. No matter what their reasoning, it works. Already the song "Lights and Sounds" is a hit, appearing everywhere from TV commercials to major magazines, and there's even a Yellowcard car in a X-Box game! Keep your eyes pealed, these "Kids" are going to be around for awhile.

-Rachel Fredrickson

Track Listing:
1. Three Flights Up
2. Lights And Sounds
3. Down On My Head
4. Sure Thing Falling
5. City Of Devils
6. Rough Landing, Holly
7. Two Weeks From Twenty
8. Waiting Game
9. Martin Sheen Or JFK
10. Space Travel
11. Grey
12. Words, Hands, Hearts
13. How I Go
14. Holly Wood Died

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