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Lights and Sounds

Lights and Sounds

4.9 69
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
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
I love the CD they really bring the music to life! A must Buy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Yellowcard's newest album, Lights and Sounds, shows a huge growth in the band. Instead of every song being about a girl breaking their heart and blending in with everything else right now, Yellowcard have written an outstanding album and truly set themselves apart from all the other bands that are around right now.
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
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 spectacularly...so 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
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
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
On Lights and Sounds, Yellowcard sounds more polished than their previous debut, Ocean Avenue. In their new album, Yellowcard sounds more assured and they accomplish their task of immersing the listener with their elegant and very musical set of arrangements. With fast, edgy tracks like "Lights and Sounds" and "Rough Landing, Holly" and a slow ballad like "City of Devils" there is something for everyone in this album. The guitar riffs are tight and punchy without being overly flashy. The album has a great sensibility while retaining and edgy rock feel. The songs are very well written and very catchy, making you want to sing along and jump around at the same time. - Kurupt
Guest More than 1 year ago
well first of all i wasnt really excited about this cd at first b/c all the critics were saying not worth it and all this other stuff. I gave it a try, bought it and fell in love with it. This cd has such a different sound then Ocean Avenue. It sounds more mature. From the lyrics to how the instraments are composed together. To all yellowcard fans, this is a MUST have!!!
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
a great cd to liseten too. rough landing holly roks
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
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
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
"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
best cd ever! the mixtures of distortian and violin was phenomanal. i have never heard anythig like it. i especially like the songs "lights and sounds", "rough landing, holly", "waiting game", and "holly wood died". this cd is a must buy and worth every penny. (lilfilpdude)
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
Lights & Sounds is an amazing album, one of the best I've heard in quite awhile. Yellowcard was a band that took me awhile to get used to, but now, with this album, I've come to appreciate how much their music has matured since they first started out. I'm really pleased with this album, and highly suggest it to anyone out there who likes Yellowcard or similar bands.
Guest More than 1 year ago
They have matured in a way that is nearly sickening, with eargasmic Melodies and harmonies, and rock. You still Can't touch the the quality of Lights and Sounds. Hard rock Without Emo. It's the Hardest rock in the world!!! It rocks the socks! BUY IT NOW!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been a Yellowcard fan eversince the beggining and the band has shown maturity with this albulm but its nothing to scare other fans...Its simply great! All the tracks are good you cannot skip songs! If your a yellowcard fan you will love it
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.