Lights And Sounds - Yellowcard
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  • Summary: The emo-pop-punk-with-violin outfit expands their sound for their second major-label release. The Dixie Chicks' Natalie Maines guests.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 13
  2. Negative: 4 out of 13
  1. It may be one of the least "punk" albums a pop-punk band will make this year--but it's probably one of the best, too. [Feb 2006, p.113]
  2. What's surprising, given their rep as just another cookie-cutter teen-emo band, is how well they fare when enlisting unlikely guests for two numbers that abandon their area of expertise altogether. [27 Jan 2006, p.81]
  3. A strong effort that trades sunny-sounding rockers and breakup songs for weightier concerns of war and family, "Lights" conveys that maturity without seeming strained. [28 Jan 2006]
  4. The band goes a different way now, and it's not necessarily a better one.
  5. 42
    It's too tepid to be offensive. [Feb 2006, p.87]
  6. 40
    A band that traffics in momentum can't afford to take their foot off the gas as often as Yellowcard does. [Mar 2006, p.112]
  7. A substandard, second-tier album with some strings thrown in for good measure.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 36
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 36
  3. Negative: 6 out of 36
  1. jamiefarr
    Feb 26, 2006
    10
    The new album from yellowcard, lights and sounds is their best cd yet. They took a step in a different direction, showing that their not close minded, and that their willing to try different things. I give it a 10! Expand
  2. math
    Apr 27, 2006
    10
    it was awesome they are talented
  3. MusicLover
    Oct 21, 2007
    10
    A beautiful album. I love how Yellowcard has a violin. It ends up accounting for some really good songs they make, and this album is no exeption. It's even got a jazz-type song in there about war. Go get it. Expand
  4. ZachP
    Aug 29, 2006
    9
    Yes, Ocean Avenue was a 10, but overall, Lights and Sounds hold up. Holly Wood Died is one of the easiest songs to listen to, and who couldn't deny the amazing vocals on "How I Go"? Expand
  5. BrianL
    Feb 26, 2006
    8
    An improvement over Ocean Avenue in my opinion. A diverse album, it has acoustic moments in addition to the pop punk you expect from Yellowcard. If you're going to listen to some pop punk, I would pick this album over the whiny crap excreted by GC and SP anyday. Expand
  6. johns
    Jan 29, 2006
    8
    No this is not as good as ocean avenue, but then again who was expecting it to be. They said they got rockier but they didnt, the've stayed punk. I dont think theres any reason to add political opinions just cuz your friend died. Also kicking out someone that formed the group is rediculous, kinda like how they have a violinist and hes not in the songs till you dig deep and listen carefully. This also doesnt have stand-out tracks like it did on ocean ave. Instead just good songs that you can listen to for a while. I understand why they have changed their music, and it sorta works, and sorta doesnt. This is worth buying though, but i miss the days of ocean avenue. Expand
  7. BillBob
    Jan 28, 2006
    0
    Can you say BOREFEST?

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