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
    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
    it was awesome they are talented
  3. MusicLover
    Oct 21, 2007
    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
    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
    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
    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
    Can you say BOREFEST?

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