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Lights and Sounds

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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/24/2006
  • Label: Capitol
  • UPC: 724357096027
  • Catalog Number: 70960
  • Sales rank: 76,000

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)
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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
Ben Harper Composer
Ryan Key Composer
Sean Mackin Composer, String Arrangements
Travis Huff Digital Editing
Peter Mosely Composer
Rodney Wirtz String Arrangements
Deborah Klein Management
Christine Choi String Arrangements
Longineu Parsons III Composer
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    This cd is one of the best i have ever purchased. Yellowcard has created a great style of music and should be noted as revolutionary for there use of classical instruments in modern music. If you like music you will LOVE this cd.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Lights & Sounds

    Lights & Sounds was a great album and I am truly anticipating the release of Yellowcard's next album. The instrumentals were great and I really enjoyed this CD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Lights and Sounds

    OMG this album was great. I loved it(just like I loved the band) and I'd recomend it to anyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Lights and Sounds

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This is an amazing CD!

    This is possibly one of the absolute best peices to ever grace the format of the compact disk. The musical tallent of Yellowcard is just outstanding... a deffinate must in anyone's music collection.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Takes Time To Learn To Like It

    I think that this album was a big step for YC. I think they have made a turn in the right direction

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    best yellowcard cd yet

    If you thought there wasn't a Yellowcard cd that would top Ocean Avenue you were wrong. Lights and Sounds brings in a new mature sound of Yellowcard that you will love. The songs are really catchy and theres even a bonus track!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I just can't get sick of it!

    The first few times through, I was worried yellowcard was moving out of my musical tastes. But as I persistently listened to it in hope that i would find at least one song that stuck... I started learning the words and the "emo-esqe" melodies, and It caught on. At first the only ones that really got me was the jazzy 'Two weeks from twenty' because it was definately making a political stance in the right direction (and I am definatley a jazz kinda girl... this song was like my two loves marrying!). As I vainly listend to it over and over again... I was addicted. I listened to it through exams (17 times in just a few days... just to show how passionate I am) and I'm still not even the least bit tired of any of it!!! This is is the most brilliant combonation of songs ever placed on 1 CD. (even if it takes a few times through to really get into it... but as Pete Wentz has written: 'The best songs never stick at first') I promise this CD is worth the money.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing listen

    This CD is one of the best i've listened to all year! I love how on this album the band has shown that they are willing to go outside their area of expertise and experiment with different parts of the musical spectrum.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    awesome music

    Lights and Sounds has a unique sound to it that no one can match. Lights and Sounds, Rough Landing Holly, and grey are the best songs on it, but there are mellower (is that a word..?) like How I Go and Space Travel. Get it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    great

    a great cd to liseten too. rough landing holly roks

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Yellowcard does it again!!

    After releasing such a wonderful album as Ocean Avenue, you might of thought Yellowcard was all out of their amazing material. You were wrong! When I first listened to Lights and Sounds, from the first song I knew that this album would never leave my stereo. With fun pop-punk songs like the title sond, Lights and Sounds, to more serious songs, like 2 Weeks From 20, this album is worth every penny, and you can tell the guys put their hearts into it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Next Big Thing

    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!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    awesome music

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I recommend everyone to buy Yellowcard's Lights and Sounds

    Yellowcards Lights and Sounds is a great cd to buy! I recommend everyone to go out and buy the cd. The Lights and Sounds cd brings out alot of the who the members in Yellowcard really are. This cd is a very inspiring, and will make you apprciate the band more for who they are then what they look like. This cd is beyond the best cd I've ever listened to. I personally love every song on the cd but the songs that stand out to me on the cd are, Down On My Head, Hollywood Died, Grey, Sure Thing Falling, City Of Devils and Waiting Game. This cd is very different from Ocean Avenue because it talks more about who Yellowcard really is, then "some heartbreak", the cd is a very great rock cd to buy, it's a great album that lets everyone know they aren't some punk pop band anymore and that they are a rock band.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Something for Everyone

    This album is not Ocean Avenue. It contains much more depth. The boys of Yellowcard dove deep to find a new sound which I have personally enjoyed very much. There are songs where you want to cry, scream, rock out, and dance to. They explore symphonic instruments on several tracks, while at the same time they find a bluesy side of their sound. This album has something for everyone, which is why I think everyone is enjoying it. My favorite songs on the album are "Grey" and "Waiting Game." Grey is a hard rock driven tune which has blunt lyrics on an ugly break-up, whereas Waiting Game tells the story of a wife and husband making it through a crisis. I highly recommend this album to anybody who likes good music and expects the unexpected.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Yellow Card rocks

    Yellow Card combines Quitar, Drums, Bass, and even a violin to get their distinct sound. This song is not exeption and is also one of their best songs to date.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Yellowcard rocks! Please come to South America

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A new style

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Better than Ocean Avenue

    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.

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