Ocean Avenue

Ocean Avenue

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by Yellowcard
     
 

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Yellowcard makes its major-label debut with Ocean Avenue. This SoCal punk-pop fivesome slightly softens the edges found on its previous two albums in what is an attempt to win over the TRL crowd. Regardless of the reasons why, Yellowcard works with that familiar formula of spastic, crunchy guitar licks, emo-inspired lyrics,

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Yellowcard makes its major-label debut with Ocean Avenue. This SoCal punk-pop fivesome slightly softens the edges found on its previous two albums in what is an attempt to win over the TRL crowd. Regardless of the reasons why, Yellowcard works with that familiar formula of spastic, crunchy guitar licks, emo-inspired lyrics, and vocals tailored for that tinny, whiny effect. Some say it's been done before, and by 2003 it surely had, but Yellowcard seems to not give a care about it because Ocean Avenue delivers despite of its catchy recipe. The 13-song set switches in mood and tempo for a layered, dynamic sound, and vocalist Ryan Key could very well chasten Dashboard Confessional's Christopher Carrabba about keeping things short and simple. Songs like "Way Away" and "Empty Apartment" thrive on the basics of rock & roll -- foliated guitars weaved in between high-speed percussion. But that's not all. Yellowcard has a secret component when it comes to crafting its own punk-inspired presentation. Violinist Sean Mackin is impressively skilled, and his talent allows Yellowcard to have a bit of an advantage in making something sound original and fresh. "Believe" and the acoustic guitars of "One Year, Six Months" are proof of that. Ocean Avenue isn't exactly outstanding in the sense that this band has done something outrageously different, but it is a worthy collection of songs with a real heart; that alone shows that Yellowcard is on to something solid.

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Release Date:
07/22/2003
Label:
Capitol
UPC:
0724353984403
catalogNumber:
39844
Rank:
52454

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Ocean Avenue 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 327 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great album but why in the world does it cost $50??? I can buy it other places online for $10...
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I LOVED this CD. Great songs! <3 <3 <3 I liked the lyrics, vocals, instruments. It just seemed liket hey worked so hard on it. Great <33333
Guest More than 1 year ago
awesome cd...my fav song is only one. thats a great song. i like there loud singing and harmonizing. buy it!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Yellowcard's newest CD Ocean Avenue is awesome. Out of all the new punk CD's that have come out this year, Yellowcard is the only band who has stayed true to their sound. Ocean Avenue starts out strong with tracks like Way Away and Breathing, and ends just as strong. Any YC fan would agree with me when I say this CD rocks!
Guest More than 1 year ago
When Yellowcard set the release date for their new album "Ocean Avenue", not only did I countdown to the days it would be on the store shelfs, but I wondered whether their style of soft, and catchy overdrive guitars backed up by some crazy violin riffs would change. The answer? Not at all. Yellowcard resumes its excellence from their last album, "One For The Kids", and ultimately keeps their wonderful and unique playing style. Their first song on the album ('Way Away') starts off in a hard chorus, and it makes you drop your jaw in awe, wondering why they never put these more meaningful guitars and bass in their last album. Sure, songs like 'Only One', 'Miles Apart' and 'Twentythree' feature a harder chorus and more active singing, yet, Yellowcard keeps their unique genre in a more mellow state with great songs like 'View From Heaven' and 'Back Home' (which is what I love about Yellowcard). Then you start nodding your head to the catchy verses of 'Life Of A Salesman' and 'Ocean Avenue'. To top it all off, why not throw in some mad violin riffs in their song 'Believe'. It's so easy to tell how Yellowcard distinguishes themselves from the rest of the punk/pop rock world. "Ocean Avenue" is a truly excellent album, and in my opinion, a better and a more matured version of "One For The Kids". I recommend this album to anyone who desires a unique passion for rock music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This cd is amazing. It is 10 times better than their last and shows how much Yellowcard has improved and matured as a band. One of my favorite tracks is Breathing. But, then again all the tracks are good. I would definitely recommend buying this cd. It is one of the best I have purchased all year and was worth the money. Yellowcard ROCKS!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
First off, yellowcard is pure genius, the emotion and power that they put in this cd is magnificent,This cd is worth more than every cent you spend on it. The heart that Ryan Key puts in his lyrics are truly a work of a marvolous musician, he holds the talented that is needed by many other bands on the market right now, And the talent that Sean Mackin has will just amaze just about anyone, this cd is a must buy for anyone, if you do not have this cd in your collection then you are in need of a new cd
Guest More than 1 year ago
yellow card is definately changing punk in the best way possible thier song have cathy hooks and yet mean something to everyone. they also have a very coll added bonus in the band the sweet baond between the violin and the guitar add a lot to the rocking out listeners out there. yellow card is one of my favorite bands and should be to everyone else also!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow, ever since I listened to Yellowcards latest EP before the Ocean Avenue album was released, I had high expectations for Yellowcard. I can strongly say since I heard the first song, "Way Away" the songs kept comming, and didn't let me down what so ever. If your a "emo kid" or like any kind of emo or pop punk you got to buy this album now. Don't forget the sweet violin in the background!!! HReat job YC
Guest More than 1 year ago
The new album; Ocean Avenue, is grand. This album is different from the first full length album. There is more guitar, and less violin (viola, cello) in the songs... at least more blended in. I think it's wonderful, you can really tell that the guys of YellowCard are really growing musically and of course in themselves. Ryan Key's voice is amazing, and the lyrics are still as emo-soul-stopping as before. I was a little disappointed that "RoughDraft" hasn't been added onto any released Cd, because that song is beautifully amazing in every way. Overall I think the album has really shown what YC is made of and how great they are and will become in the future!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Yellowcard's "Ocean Avenue" is a great CD. It sticks to the same original yellowcard sound that was in "One For The Kids" (which you should also look into). Yellowcard has a great punk sound with some violin thrown in to make it their own. this record is a good one and i would recomend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Yellowcard's new album "Ocean Avenue" is such a wonderful and moving album. I'm Houston, Texas, there were people calling Sam Goody, FYE, etc.. to ask for the new album. Some even got up at the crack of dawn, just to hurry and be first in line. The places listed above said that they had only ordered two copies of the cd, but they had recieved so many calls for it, they would have another shipment in by Thursday. The new album is a very emotional album, they not only sing but play their hearts out about love, parting, and more moving topics. You can really tell that the album was greatly made and they put a lot of effort into it. Also Vans Warped Tour has let the members of Yellowcard tell the people all over the United States know about the album. They are truely getting the publicity they need, and we are really seeing progress in their work. Keep up the good work guys.
Guest More than 1 year ago
From the second you hear the introduction to "Way Away", you know this album is good. With a wide range of musical styles all wrapped into one CD, alot of the songs really touch you. The violin gives the music another dimension, it takes what it gave in "One for the Kids" and extends it two fold. There are songs about many emotional experiences. This perfect CD will bring back memories of teenage romances, make you think about the future, think about lost friendships, parents, and even death. Trust me, you can relate to everything Yellowcard have written for this CD. This is a must have for music fans in general, not just punk rock fans. Buy It!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This cd Ocean Avenue was a most anticipated album. And it delivers the goods. I wasnt expecting anything as good as "One for the Kids", but this cd stunned me and I was happy to have bought the last one at the store that I went to. Its a great buy with songs like "Life of a Salesman" and "Way Away". This cd is a definite must buy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This cd is by far one of the best cds i have ever heard. I like every song on it. My favorite is "back home number" 13. They did a really good job making this album. The melodies are great with the words and the violin in awesome!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
After buying the one for the kids cd back when they were on lobster records i fell in love with yellowcard and always have that cd playing and then they came out with the E.P the underdog and they just keep raising the bar for their music and it keeps getting better and better. so when i knew they had a new cd coming out i couldnt wait and went and bought it at midnight the day it came out and yellowcard has yet to let their fans down they keep raising the bar and it just keeps coming. i have to say i have found a new favorite cd ocean avenue!!!! and if you ever have a chance to see yelowcard live do it they are so amazing to see live too but this is one of the best cds i own if not the best!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD rocked my socks. "Way Away" starts it off right with the electricity that goes straight to the feet. I shamelessly danced when I first heard the song. :b These guys are awesome, but what sets them apart from the rest is their violinist. The violin brings the element to their music that personalizes the song, to me. If you are looking for a new band to try out, try these guys. They aren't permanently in my cd player for nothing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Yellowcard's new album "Ocean Avenue" is amazing. I bought it the day it came out. It is one of their best yet. All the songs are very well written and the album is something that I could never get tired of listening to. Congratulations to the guys of Yellowcard!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is by far the best release by yellowcard. They really made a nice album great lyrics and good punk. Nothing tops it off better than the trademark violin. Get this CD
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've been looking forward to "Ocean Avenue" now since I first heard Yellowcard almost a year ago. On July 22 I stopped at Virgin Megastore in NYC and picked up the album and its the only music i've listened to since. The very first track on the album, "Way Away", begins with a giddy, upbeat sound where the band sings about leaving the east coast in search of making it big in SoCal. It's very melodic and the verses will be left on the listener's mind for days if not weeks. The next track, "Breathing", is a great example of the unique feature that Yellowcard has, the one instrument that makes them different than any other Punk, rock, even music band--a violin. Sean Macklin's violin adds that great extra touch to the single that ensures it to be a great summer song for any person. Ryan Key, the frontman of the group, voices a song discussing love, lonliness, and other hardships. The rest of the album contains 11 more tracks, each different from one another pleasing just about any person's style/taste of music. Yellowcard really does a great job on this album incorporating the variety of different styles that they have to offer. This album is for anyone who listens to music to help them brighten their day.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This has got to be Yellowcard's best album yet! They have improved SOOOOO much over the years. I highly recommend you to buy this album!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD was nothing less than what I expected from Yellowcard. It filled with soulful lyrics and amazing violin and guitar riffs.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Ocean Avenue' is definatly a must have for anyone with good taste in music! The best YC album so far!!