Paper Walls - Yellowcard
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  • Summary: Yellowcard's follow-up to 2006's "Lights and Sounds," again produced by Neal Avron.
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. It's prototypical Warped tour rock - but, to be fair, at the top level of that particular realm, with thoughtful lyrics and tightly crafted guitar arrangements.
  2. Unsurprisingly, the lyrics are direct and honest, while they've broadened their sonic palette to allow a tad more dissonance in with their urgent and propulsive pop-punk.
  3. O pure musical terms they're more gripping than many of their peers, displaying a restless sense of musicality that often makes Paper Walls interesting even if means they can stray toward areas that are just a shade too indulgent for their own good.
  4. As a whole, the album is a well-executed pop punk album and shows that Yellowcard are better than the average band.
  5. 60
    They return to the infectious anthems that made them Warped Tour headliners. [Aug 2007, p.110]
  6. A CD teeming with punchy choruses and crunchy guitars that are so five years ago.
  7. Throughout Paper Walls, band members work themselves into laughable tizzies of teen angst, propelled by Key's capable-but-whiney voice and his bandmates' capable-but-generic uptempo rock.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 39
  2. Negative: 8 out of 39
  1. TedS
    Aug 14, 2007
    10
    This is the best CD i have ever gotten! Key has said it is an album of coming back after you have hit rock bottom, and me Ted Striker have hit rock bottom but have starting going up again and Yellowcars music of paper walls has helped me climb back up and out of the past and move on and not to look back. thank you yellowcard from a big fan, ted striker Expand
  2. TerronM.
    Oct 18, 2007
    10
    Yellowcard's "Paper Walls" is probably the best punk rock album you've never heard.
  3. JustinT.
    Apr 6, 2008
    10
    A wonderful album filled with many emotions. You'll love it.
  4. DomW
    Jul 28, 2007
    9
    Not as good as Ocean Avenue but is still a must have for any -punk-rock fan. With slitly heavyer songs, Ryan Keys lyrics are still some of the best around. They're honest and are from the heart which turns a beat into a song. Expand
  5. ChrisW.
    Aug 7, 2007
    8
    Although I don't like the style and beats QUITE as much as Ocean Avenue, the lyrics are deeper and this is certainly better than their last effort. One of my favorite purchases of the year thus far, however. Expand
  6. ZiftK
    Dec 10, 2007
    7
    Solid album. This is a first for Yellowcard for me, and I like it. Five becomes Four, and Afraid are fantastic. I look forward for future albums of yellowcard. Worth a listen, period. Expand
  7. ToddW
    Jul 30, 2007
    0
    I once went to a zoo with my then fiancee and, being somehow drawn to the monkey compound, got into a sod throwing contest with a chimpanzee. After a few fun tosses, I realized how my actions were appearing to annoy said primate. It was probably just trying to tidy up its environment, whereas along came this presumptuous human who thought to have some good, dirty fun at the chimp's expense. I mention this memory scrap because I now think I know how the monkey must have felt when I infringed on its housekeeping. For when my youngest son, a big Yellowcard fan, interrupted my music continuum and played for me their latest offering I felt like tossing it out the window, or at least burying it in some hole. Simply put, Yellowcard should be red-carded. I mean, guys, put down your instruments and just walk away. Expand

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