Lights and Sounds [CD & DVD]

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On Lights and Sounds, Yellowcard sounds light years away from its One for the Kids/Where We Stand days. Granted, the band still trades in the immediate melodies and heart-on-sleeve lyrics that they've used since the beginning, but major-label success suits them well. Lights and Sounds is even slicker and more polished than their Capitol debut, Ocean Avenue, but Yellowcard ends up sounding self-assured instead of compromised in its big-budget surroundings. "Ocean Avenue" was a genuine breakthrough single that proved that the band had a way of connecting with listeners outside of its expected fan base; on this album, Yellowcard expands on its expected sound. Songs like the title track, "Rough Landing, Holly," and "Down ...
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On Lights and Sounds, Yellowcard sounds light years away from its One for the Kids/Where We Stand days. Granted, the band still trades in the immediate melodies and heart-on-sleeve lyrics that they've used since the beginning, but major-label success suits them well. Lights and Sounds is even slicker and more polished than their Capitol debut, Ocean Avenue, but Yellowcard ends up sounding self-assured instead of compromised in its big-budget surroundings. "Ocean Avenue" was a genuine breakthrough single that proved that the band had a way of connecting with listeners outside of its expected fan base; on this album, Yellowcard expands on its expected sound. Songs like the title track, "Rough Landing, Holly," and "Down on My Head" are tightly crafted, state-of-the-art examples of shiny, earnest punk-pop that sounds sunny even when it's sad, but "Two Weeks from Twenty" boasts downright jazzy guitars and whimsical lyrics reminiscent of Ben Folds, while "City of Devils" is a moody power ballad that continues the album's surprisingly grown-up feel. Indeed, ballads make up a big part of Lights and Sounds, making the most of Sean Mackin's skills with string arrangements, particularly on "Waiting Game" and "Space Travel," where the strings have just the right amount of melodrama for songs about young heartache. However, Lights and Sounds occasionally goes from expansive to indulgent, particularly toward the end of the album, which is bogged down with too many mopey, samey-sounding songs that are overpowered by big productions and arrangements. Yellowcard's ambitions to expand and emote are admirable, but their tighter, poppier songs still work the best. Regardless, Lights and Sounds
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/24/2006
  • Label: Capitol
  • UPC: 094634844024
  • Catalog Number: 48440

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Three Flights Up (1:23)
  2. 2 Lights and Sounds (3:28)
  3. 3 Down on My Head (3:32)
  4. 4 Sure Thing Falling (3:42)
  5. 5 City of Devils (4:23)
  6. 6 Rough Landing, Holly (3:33)
  7. 7 Two Weeks from Twenty (4:18)
  8. 8 Waiting Game (4:15)
  9. 9 Martin Sheen or JFK (3:46)
  10. 10 Space Travel (3:47)
  11. 11 Grey (3:00)
  12. 12 Words, Hands, Hearts (4:24)
  13. 13 How I Go (4:32)
  14. 14 Holly Wood Died (4:39)
  15. 15 Lights and Sounds
  16. 16 [Bonus Material]
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Yellowcard Primary Artist
Victor Lawrence Cello
Mark Robertson Violin
Natalie Maines Vocals
Printz Board Trumpet
Liane Mautner Violin
Ben Harper Dobro, Guitar, Track Performer
Ryan Key Bass, Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Sean Mackin Mandolin, Violin, Background Vocals, Group Member
Alyssa Park Violin
Paul Henning Violin
Rodney Wirtz Viola
Nick Stoup Percussion
Danielle Ondarza Horn
Donald Foster Clarinet
Christine Choi Cello
Jerome Gordon Viola
Ryan Mendez Group Member
Grace Oh Violin
Teag Reaves Horn
Michaela Skeating Violin
Paul Wiancko Cello
Brett Banducci Viola
Sam Fischer Violin
Technical Credits
Neal Avron Producer, Engineer
Bradley Cook Engineer
Ted Jensen Mastering
Chris Bilheimer Art Direction
Arthur Spivak Management
Lew Raymond Video Producer
Ben Harper Composer
Ryan Key Composer
Sean Mackin Composer, String Arrangements
Travis Huff Digital Editing
Ted Mico Executive Producer
Peter Mosely Composer
Rodney Wirtz String Arrangements
Guto Bara Camera Operator
Deborah Klein Video Producer, Management
Christine Choi String Arrangements
Mark DiDia Executive Producer
George Dougherty Video Editor, Video Director, Camera Operator
Theo Hand Camera Operator
Leily LaBuda Video Producer
Longineu Parsons III Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    CD/DVD Worth Extra Money

    I absolutley love Yellowcard, so I was very excited to buy "Lights and Sounds". I was so excited that I decided to buy the CD+DVD pack and it was well worth the extra money. The CD alone is genius, it starts off with an instrumental "Three Flights Down" and, normally, I am a person who skips the intros, but this one kept my attention. The sound of the CD was something I had never heard of before, and I loved every minute of it. "Rough Landing, Holly" is probably my favorite song on the CD because of it's killer violin lines. Like violin player Sean Mackin said on the DVD, it is a metal violin sound. I listened to the CD and was ecstatic. I expected it to be great, but not this great. Next was the DVD, which i figured was going to be a 30 minute "making of the album" type. However, it was over an hour long and not only had the making of "Lights and Sounds" the album, but it also had the making of the "Lights and Sounds" music video, behind the scenes with the guys, and live performances. I was very pleased with both the CD and DVD and encourage everyone to buy both, it is worth it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Yellowcard's new album review

    The new Yellowcard album is finally out! This time however, they have released a special edition consisting of the album cd as well as a dvd which contains special features all about YELLOWCARD--how they made the music video, composed the song, etc! The songs are alittle different than the previous album the lyric, in addition to the reason for its composition, sounds much more "mature" with alot more instrumental melody surrounding the mellow essence of the music. The songs when you listen to it really makes you think after...It's not just punk-rock music anymore, but more thoughtful and much more aware of the world deep stuff! The dvd is really awesome where you get to hear every member's opinion about the album, their music video, kind of get to see their everyday life as a rock star, their reasons for writing songs now, etc. You can experience how much effort it takes to just write a song what goes into it and so forth! This album is one of the best album out yet from Yellowcard! I totally recommend the special edition over the single-cd album! HOPE YOU ENJOY YELLOWCARD'S NEW ALBUM, LIGHTS AND SOUND! -Christine (aka Lpcious)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AMAZING

    this is a great album, especially the title song, Lights and Sounds. that's gotta be one of my new favorite songs now. Three Flights Up is also amazing, especially for an instrumental. another great song is Down On My Head, its very much like their older stuff. if you're a fan of their older songs, you'll love this cd. there are still great songs that are similar to the ones on Ocean Avenue, too. the bonus DVD is great, and definately worth the extra $5

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AMAZING CD/DVD

    With most cds there are tracks you have to skip, but not this album I was really suprised how great all the songs are, Lights And Sounds, Down On My Head, City Of Devils, and How I Go are my favorites. It's also really cool that there is more with the violin this time which I love, it makes them more unique than most rock bands. The dvd shows you how the album came together and videos, it's really interesting and of coarse it's just fun to watch them:)

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    Posted December 2, 2008

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