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Paper Walls
     

Paper Walls

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by Yellowcard
 

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Yellowcard is neither the flashiest nor the most popular among the new millennium's pop-punk bands but their fifth album Paper Walls goes a long way in proving that they are among the best of their breed. Despite violinist Sean Mackin, whose very presence can seem like a clever ploy (even as the instrument fades in prominence over

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Yellowcard is neither the flashiest nor the most popular among the new millennium's pop-punk bands but their fifth album Paper Walls goes a long way in proving that they are among the best of their breed. Despite violinist Sean Mackin, whose very presence can seem like a clever ploy (even as the instrument fades in prominence over the years), they're not attention-mongers -- their pop is melodic but not incessantly hooky, they rock hard but not furiously. Without ever seeming laid-back, they seem casual in how they approach their music, never drawing attention to themselves, which is a bit odd because on pure musical terms they're more gripping than many of their peers, displaying a restless sense of musicality that often makes Paper Walls interesting even if means they can stray toward areas that are just a shade too indulgent for their own good. Often, those areas are quicksand pits of sentimentality, whether its drippy anthemic love songs and odes to grandparents ("Dear Bobbie"), sweeping gestures that come off as hammy due to the overdose of emotion but that same tendency to dive after a big moment pays off on the harder rockers where it gives the music true momentum. There's not just a purpose in their backbeat but they dance around the clichés of their genre, either by jacking up the overall energy quotient or suddenly exploding into metallic guitar solos -- like the breakneck breakdown on the opening "The Takedown" -- or strenuously writing melodies that strive for grandness, something that's evident even when they don't achieve their goal. Yellowcard works hard within the confines of their genre but they never rewrite rules: they push the boundaries a little bit further, just enough to separate themselves from their peers, but not quite enough to rope in listeners less dedicated to the super-slick sound of modern punk, especially because they lack one undeniable song to rope in the unconverted. Nevertheless, as a whole, it's hard not to listen to Paper Walls and be impressed by Yellowcard's vigorous musicality which does display more imagination than many of their peers even if the finished songs could stand hooks that dug slightly deeper.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/08/2010
Label:
Imports
UPC:
0094637971529
catalogNumber:
921686
Rank:
16459

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Performance Credits

Yellowcard   Primary Artist
Edie Lehmann   Choir, Chorus
Daniel O'Brien   Choir, Chorus
Bobbi Page   Choir, Chorus
Amy Fogerson   Choir, Chorus
Helene Quintana   Choir, Chorus
Nicholas Harper   Choir, Chorus
Zoe Merrill   Choir, Chorus
Rodney Wirtz   Viola
Christine Choi   Cello
Antonella Quintana   Choir, Chorus
Vili Lehmann   Choir, Chorus
Emme Lehmann   Choir, Chorus
Casey Rae Hands   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Mike Fasano   Drum Technician
Robert Dawson   Guitar Techician
Sean Mackin   String Arrangements,Choir Arrangement
Erich Talaba   Engineer
Neal Avro   Producer
Negl Avron   Producer,Engineer
Bill McMillin   Art Direction

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Paper Walls 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
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This cd is excellent without even being out yet. I can't wait another 18 days for it. The tracks "Fighting" and "Light Up The Sky" are excellent.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Listening to this album, Yellowcard's amazing talent is unmistakable. This is truly their best album yet, as they have matured greatly over the past few years, and it shows in their lyrics and powerful sound. All in all it is a great album, proving that their rock style and sound is not even close to running out! Definately worth buying! Excellent!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love how everyone gives Yellowcard and bands like it awesome review when their music all sounds similar and the lyrics are totally teen. If you want to listen to a truly great band that could lyrically and artistically blow any band out of the water, you should buy just about any NIN cd. I guarantee you that cd won't be leaving your car stereo anytime soon.
Guest More than 1 year ago
if you thought ocean avenue and lights and sounds could not be topped. prepare to be left speechless by this album! ITS AWESOME!!! Loads of great tunes which could be listened to over and over again, with the unique and great sound of this band, Yellowcard. Go out and buy it...that's all i have to say. you will not be disappointed! from 'CharlzKey'
Guest More than 1 year ago
Paper Walls, Yellowcard's newest album has been in my CD player for quite a while. Also, they have three new acoustic songs that are totally awesome. Personally, I love the lyrics and can relate with them well. Although their lyrics have gotten a little emo, I enjoy them, as they now make clear, concise sense, as opposed to other previous songs. It's totally obvious that their playing ability has improved too. The unity Yellowcard creates with their music is awe-inspiring. They flawlessly include all of their instruments to produce seamless masterpieces that are very pleasing to hear. I truly cannot say that I have a top-favorite song from this album as they all have their own notches pertaining to beat, emotion, and type of song "like acoustic or whatever". I definitely recommend this title to anyone who enjoys the genres of alternative, rock, and punk.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ok, So its not as emotional as Lights and Sounds, and not as sunny as Ocean Acenue... But it has its own appeal. A little more grown up, but still with a spark of youth left in it's lyrics. Yellowcard refreshingly takes inspiration from some new people and places... Referring to grandparents on 'Dear Bobbie' and moving back to florida [i can only assume, not quite sure] on 'Shadows and Regrets', which also happens to be my favorite track on the album. You get a glimpse of the always welcome classic YC on 'fighting' and 'shrink the world' aswell-"Paper Walls" not all warm ballads. Overall, This was a wonderful stepping stone in Yellowcards carreer... Proving a lovely transition from the more depressed antics of "Lights And Sounds" back to the warm and melodic tunes of "Ocean Avenue"... Or perhaps to somewhere new. There are no guarantees for the next album... I suppose we'll all just have to be a little suprised when we hear it.
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