Lights and Sounds

Lights and Sounds

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by Yellowcard

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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


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 with 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' good songs are very good, and the album ends up being the band's most accomplished work yet.

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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
Teag Reaves   Horn
Michaela Skeating   Violin
Paul Wiancko   Cello
Brett Banducci   Viola
Sam Fischer   Violin
Grace E. Oh   Violin

Technical Credits

Neal Avron   Producer,Engineer
Bradley Cook   Engineer
Chris Bilheimer   Art Direction
Arthur Spivak   Management
Ben Harper   Composer
Ryan Key   Composer
Sean Mackin   Composer,String Arrangements
Peter Mosely   Composer
Rodney Wirtz   String Arrangements
Deborah Klein   Management
Christine Choi   String Arrangements
Longineu Parsons   Composer

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Lights and Sounds 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 69 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This new album comes with a new classification for Yellowcard. As repeated by many, the album shows a certain maturity. Yellowcard has moved on from songs about girls and school and moved on to deeper aspects of life. The lyrics not only have changed, but so have the instruments. With their newest album comes symphony orchestra, stronger use for the electric violin, and overall improvement of guitar and drums. Certain parts of the album will raise you up while others are more mellow. The album has a song for everyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
omg, now I guess I am little, no a lot biased as to the way I think about Yellowcard, me being seriously the biggest Yc fan in the philadelphia area, but even when listening to the cd in an objective way, I can see that they have grown completely from One for the kids, from their musical ability, to ryan's singing and their writing, they're definetely showcasing their amazing talent on this album and hopefully on more to come. YCFOLIFE!
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I heard that Yellowcard were bringing out a new album I was extremely excited! However when I heard it was going to be different to all the other albums I was a little aprehensive. But I, along with the other YC fans, had nothing to worry about! This album, probably their finest yet is fantastic! The songs are well written and performed if your considering buying this album let me help help you! DO IT! spike241
Guest More than 1 year ago
This new cd is amazing! I like the other cds, but THIS is fantastic. The guys show that they aren't like other punk-pop-rock bands.. they have an unique sound.. The songs are absolutely marvellous.. The melodies and lyrics are really cool.. This band is great!!! I hope they come to South America this year.. These songs would sound incredibly live!
Guest More than 1 year ago
My first Yellowcard CD was Ocean Avenue, and I listened to every single song at least twice a day. So then I wewnt out an bought Lights & Sounds, and at first I didn't like it. It didn't sound the same as Ocean Avenue and I didn't listen to it much. But 2 weeks later I started getting bored of the same old music on my iPod and listened to "Two Weeks From Twenty". After that, I listened to all of the other songs multiple times. My favorite songs are Two Weeks From Twenty, Martin Sheen or JFK, How I Go and Sure Thing Falling. I can honestly say that I liked evry song on the album. For a Yellowcard fan, this CD will be an instant favorite. Even people who don't listen to Yellowcard should pick up Lights & Sounds just to try it out. They won't be dissapointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Lights and Sounds album is the best Yellowcard album released yet. The Lights and Sounds cd has a different feel from other Yellowcard albums. I love the instrumentals especially how they incorporate the violin in so well. This album has a lot more rock in it but if you enjoy any of Yellowcard's previous albums this is an album you must get!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Yellowcard's new record, Lights and Sounds. There sound has matured so much since Ocean Avenue, and I love where the music is headed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
"Lights and Sounds" is a beautiful follow up album to "Ocean Avenue". The instrumentals in this album is extraordinary, the segue from the first track (Three Flights Up) to Lights and Sounds, actually gave me goosebumps. The use of the orchestra was like a breath of fresh air, the composing and execution of the orchestra playing harmoniously together with a rock band was an exhilarating surprise. The instrumentals aren't the only thing that are phenomenal, the lyrics were profound. This was a tremendous success on their account. There is no way of showing all the love I have for this CD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nearly three years ago, the melody rich rock band released their bestselling album 'Ocean Avenue', introducing their sound to fans of all generations. 3 years later, they did it again! With terrific sound packed in every song off of the new record, YC is sure to make it on top once again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A good solid cd. Lights and Sounds sounds a lot more grown up than Ocean Avenue. Sean Mackin's violin is used a lot more in this song. Lights and Sounds has a less up-beat sound than Ocean Avenue, but nevertheless good. A few of the songs have a slower and sadder tone (City of Devils, Two Weeks From Twenty, How I Go). Buy this album if you want something unique and good to listen to. This is obviously a must have for all Yellowcard fans
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love the CD they really bring the music to life! A must Buy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lights and Sounds is a great follow-up album to Yellowcard's highly revered Ocean Avenue. The band changes up their style a little, incorporating a full orchestra into some pieces and even a trumpet in "Two Weeks From Twenty." Just as with Ocean Avenue, I enjoyed listening to every song on the album. They are all great, but my favorites, are Lights and Sounds, Sure Thing Falling, and Two Weeks From Twenty. This album is different from Ocean Avenue, and may not before everyone, but as for me, I love it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD was fantastic, I absolutely loved it(Just like I love the band) and I think the money i spent on it was DEFINITELY worth it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is by far one of the greatest albums by Yellowcard, and going to be one of the greatest albums of the year. It has a beautiful sound not often captured by artists, and shows the growth of the group. It is a new sound for Yellowcard, but old fans will love it, and it will also draw in many new fans. Every song is worth listening to repeatitivly. It will become one of your favorites for sure. I highly reccomend this album to anybody and everybody. If you haven't liked rock in the past, listen to this. This is a break thru for Yellowcard and all artists alike. Very worth a listen!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is great! The music is really cool and catches your attention. I would recommend this CD to anyone. A+!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lights and Sounds is everything that I hoped Yellowcard could be, and more. Yellowcard is an emo punk band that's proud to be emo. I usually shy away from emo bands, but Yellowcard-better yet Lights and Sounds-is irrestible. From the poignant first note on the piano to the heavy guitars on "Holly Wood Died", Lights and Sounds is definitely more diverse in sound than Ocean Avenue. There's even a jazzy trumpet solo on "Two Weeks from Twenty"! My favorite track would have to be "How I Go", but of course there are other great ones, which include: "Lights and Sounds", "Down on my Head", "Rough Landing, Holly", and "Holly Wood Died", to name a few. Definitely worth a listen...and the wait.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that this album was a big step for YC. I think they have made a turn in the right direction
Guest More than 1 year ago
Yellowcard has done it again! Their new cd is even better than their old ones. I got it the day it was released, and I couldn't stop listening to it. I'm pretty sure I listened to it at least 3 full times through that night, and then it even serenaded me to sleep. If you have some of their old stuff, you know they are good .. but if you are new to them I guarantee you will not be let down. They'll have you dancing around and singing along in no time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
omg, they did it once again. this is by far there best cd. there growing up, and it shows on there cd. this cd talks about more serious issues then previous cds: the war in iraq,and how hollywood is taking over. this is a must have for anyone of any age!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Yellowcard has a distinct sound that no one can match. This album greatly shows it. From the mellow How I go to the all out Rough Landing Holly, this album has it all. Defenitly worth getting
Guest More than 1 year ago
well, yellowcard have just released there best album yet. this cd packed full of tunes for everything.. lights and sounds is a awsome buy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Yellowcard breaks away from their old "loser kids" image and turns to a more professional, clean-cut appearance. Their music has also changed. They are less edgy, less raw. And have begun to display their real talents which undergirded the energy of their previous albums. Their new album is gentle at times. Powerful at others. Melodic, Harmonic, and layerd. A definite must-listen for any rock fan!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is Jerm21 I just have to let everyone know that this most recent installment of yellowcard music is one of the best cd's I have ever heard. They mix insane guitar riffs with amazing drumming and tie it all in with out of this world vocals. Not only is this cd a must have but the lyrics really can hit home. Yellowcard has a way of dragging you in with their catchy "raise the bar" lyrics A MUST HAVE!!!