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  • Band members: Ryan Key, Sean Mackin, Longineu Parsons III, Ryan Mendez
  • Summary: The Jacksonville, Florida, pop-punk band returns with its seventh album of catchy melodies and sing-along choruses--its first release in almost three years after its reformation in 2010.
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. When You're Through Thinking, Say Yes isn't Yellowcard's best work, as Paper Walls still retains that title in my mind, but it's exactly the album that fans should be hoping for.
  2. Mar 22, 2011
    80
    Overall, whatever you think of their craft, they've mastered it; this writer's mentioned almost every track on the album to hold up this review--and that's got to be a good sign.
  3. Mar 18, 2011
    80
    When You're Through Thinking, Say Yes sounds like less of a comeback and more of a homecoming. [Apr 2011, p.113]
  4. Mar 22, 2011
    80
    Think Jimmy eat World's last two albums and you'll get the general gist; an aching yet catchy anti-pop that tugs at the heartstrings while simultaneously making you want to dance. [12 Mar 2011, p.52]
  5. Apr 21, 2011
    70
    With the release of When You're Through Thinking, Say Yes, Yellowcard has proven that their best days may still be ahead of them.
  6. Mar 21, 2011
    60
    As with their last album, the prominence of the violin continues to diminish, but what the strings lack in ubiquity they make up for in impact, making an impression when they appear rather than just fading into the background. This kind of refinement of their sound paints a picture of an older and wiser Yellowcard whose members are confident enough in their abilities that they can step away from the gimmick that initially set them apart from the pack and let their songwriting do the talking.
  7. Mar 21, 2011
    40
    On this record, Yellowcard cover all the same territory as those latter bands, with vague stories of broken friendships, frustrated romances and perfect summers that they'll never get back. Because… you know… growing up, like… sucks. The lack of detail is the problem here.

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  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
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  1. Jul 10, 2012
    10
    Yeah, the old Yellowcard is back. The band have returned to their original sound we last heard in their major record debut album Ocean Avenue. My favorite song in this album is "Be The Young". Listening to that song while driving on a road by the beach with the sunsetting is the best time and place to listen to that song. Well done guys Expand
  2. Mar 25, 2011
    9
    Awesome album awesome band good melody what else is there to say? IT truly is worth everyones time to at least give it a try. I almost was stupid enough not tho. All the tracks are good listener, but if you were a fan of the violin be warned, you dont hear it as well anymore Expand
  3. May 23, 2011
    9
    Memories and nostalgia are at the forefront of Yellowcard's latest release. People used these two terms in response to nearly every significant event since the reformation of the band after their two and a half year hiatus. The release of first single "For You And Your Denial" brought many minds back to grade school, when many of us heard "Ocean Avenue", "Only One", or "Way Away" on the radio for the first time. However, unlike many nostalgia trips, Yellowcard's return isn't a letdown. In fact, the band may have even released their strongest to date, fueled even more passionately by flames of the past.

    Yellowcard has always started off their albums with an energetic assault of sound. "The Sound Of You And Me" continues this trend, as drummer Longineu Parsons sets a landscape of vicious drumming, while lead singer Ryan Key's vocals soar at a slower tempo like an eagle over a battleground. The song soon changes its feel, as the relentless drums drop out and Sean Macklin's violin leads a solemn string section before exploding behind Ryan Mendez's powerful riffs. The previously mentioned "For You And Your Denial" will be forever known as Yellowcard's comeback song. The violin intro is a perfect use of the unconventional instrument, while the chorus allows it to flow behind the **** The echoing of "go now" and "break down" pushes the messages into your mind, as the band has crafted one of their best songs to date.

    And then comes "With You Around", where both band and listener join together in thoughts of the past. The band references one of their most well known and best tracks in the first line of the song, as Key sings "do you remember when I said you were my only one?" The sing-along chorus brings back even more nostalgia, as many listeners will be shouting "all I can think about is you and me driving with a Saves The Day record on" as they pretty much had the same experiences back in their youth. Even as a listener that is too young to experience such memories, it is easy to imagine what it would be like as one listens to the song. The track has all the characteristics of an easy hit single, and will be soon known as one of Yellowcard's classics.

    The mid-tempo "Hang You Up" is a remake of one of Ryan Key's songs as Big If, but Yellowcard makes it their own. The added violin squeezes every bit of emotion out of the the already emotionally drenched track, making it another highlight in an album that may very well not have a poor song. "Life Of Leaving Home" brings the energy back to the record with a bang. Pummeling guitar riffs lead up to the contagious chorus, one which any pop-rock band would dream of writing.

    Of course, after this incredible five song stretch, it would be extremely hard to live up to those standards. "Hide" and "Soundtrack" are both great songs, but in the context of the rest of the album they seem almost like filler. The latter is definitely the better of the two, as the powerful instrumentals create a storm of energy that should make this song a staple in the band's set lists. "Sing For Me", the one ballad, shows potential in the string guided verses, but the chorus is a wave that fizzles out instead of having a glorious crash.

    "See Me Smiling" and "Be The Young" could best be thought of as dual closers, as each of them would be excellent in the celebrated final spot on the album. The former features crushing guitar riffs that almost seem out of place in a Yellowcard song, but are pulled off extremely well. Macklin shows that the violin can be used in pretty much any style of music when used correctly, as it accompanies the heavier riffs well. The latter song indicates that Yellowcard cherishes their past, and knows that even though growing up is always happening, it doesn't mean that you need to disregard the past. In fact, the band uses that message in order to create this exceptional album, as even while creating such a nostalgic album, it doesn't seem like regression. Instead, When You're Through Thinking, Say Yes is a reflection of the past, and a view at the future. But for now, listening to this album in the present is perfect enough.

    Review originally found at http://muzikdizcovery.com
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  4. Mar 22, 2011
    9
    Yellowcard is back. Period. The new album "When You're Through Thinking, Say Yes" is a solid one. My top 3 songs are "For You And Your Denial" "Hang You Up" and "With You Around" are the highlights of the album. The album opens with "The Sound of You and Me" which in a way, reminds me of how Ocean Ave opened with "Way Away." Key's vocals are the same as fans will remember them. The lyrics could be stronger in certain songs, but the fact that this is the first new material in 3 years, fans will still love every minute. Welcome back Yellowcard Expand
  5. Oct 9, 2011
    5
    We can see how much the guys from Yellowcard got better since "Paper Walls", but they didn't get into the best they could do. After all, pearls like "Dear Bobbie" (tracking in their sophomore CD) don't get expanded in this one. Actually, being "Dear Bobbie" their greatest music, they could not get through the medium ones this time. They might got on the track to a perfect album, but they are just trying it too hard right now. Something to watch on. Expand
  6. Mar 23, 2011
    2
    After their 2 year hiatus, Yellowcard's new album is generally better than their others, but it just doesnâ