Greetings, loved ones. Let’s take a journey.
Eric: Let’s rock or maybe roll.
Matt: BOTTMZ UP 2NITE
Eric: Normally, I think songs about drinking pander to the lowest common denominator.
Matt: But I’m 16 and I like it so shut up.
Eric: But this isn’t a P!nk album, so immediately it doesn’t quite seem like seeing your best friend’s mom at a bar.
Matt: It’s more like seeing Yellowcard at a bar.
Eric: It’s like seeing your older brother’s best friends. But they still work at Zumiez. This song, actually, should be the ringtone for every 30-year-old with tattoo sleeves that still works at the mall.
Matt: Let the snark flow. But also let the record show early that I am in love with this.
Eric: We snark because we care.
Matt: IT’S A METAPHOR probably. For…. drinking.
Eric: Make no mistake: This song gets my blood flowing.
Matt: Let’s buy some Heelys.
(2) “Surface of the Sun”
Eric: “Do or do not ’cause there is no try.” Okay, Yoda.
Eric: I want to see Yellowcard play a show on Tatooine. TAUN TAUNS AND TOM TOMS.
Matt: THEN WHICH OF THE TWO SUNS WOULD THEY BE BURNING LIKE THE SURFACE OF, ERIC
Eric: This is the first sign of intelligent violin life on the album. I needed it.
Eric: And do I note a hint of “Believe”?
Matt: Always. In every Yellowcard song. But yeah, the violin is pretty well-integrated. Present, but not forced.
(3) “Always Summer”
Eric: The interesting thing, for me, is that their lyrics aren’t, well, that great. They’re a little clumsy and a little trite. Which, it is a Yellowcard album. Standards must be adjusted. “It got dark, but now I think I see”?
Matt: NOT TRITE. GENUINE. STOPPIT. 16-Y-O MATT HATES U. DON’T LANA THIS ONE, ERIC.
Eric: Hold on. I was going to say that Yellowcard is not Bon Iver, so I don’t expect that type of cabin-bound, wooly introspection.
Matt: It’s melody driven, jerkface.
Eric: It’s driven by every drum imaginable.
Matt: Thanks, Longineu!
Eric: There’s a home for battered snares somewhere, where Yellowcard’s old drum kits go to live out the rest of their lives.
Matt: If you amalgamated every Yellowcard song ever into one, it would be this one.
Eric: It’s so poppy. But not in a bad way.
(4) “Here I Am Alive”
Matt: This my favorite
Eric: Now, this is poppy.
Matt: It’s about overcoming adversity! Positive messages for everyone! Don’t listen to haters! Living well is the best revenge! Start a pop-punk band with your friends!
Eric: It’s just very radio friendly.
Matt: Well yeah. So is Yellowcard.
Eric: As a 23-year-old, I will say that this is hitting my hearthole. I haven’t grown up OR grown old either, Yellowcard.
Eric: Let’s go get Tecates and surf or something. Also, who is this lady all up in my masculine pop punk?
Matt: Probably that Hey Monday girl.
^ I was wrong, it’s that We Are the In Crowd girl
(5) “Sleep in the Snow”
Eric: This is a Yellowcard song about snow. It is the white whale of Yellowcard songs.
Matt: IT’S A METAPHOR. For… drinking.
Eric: The violin is so subtle in this album.
Matt: Good job, Yellowcard.
Eric: Oddly, because their schtick is “Saves the Day but with violins.”
(6) “A Vicious Kind”
Matt: This is a SORRY I’M NOT SORRY song.
Eric: This is one of my favorites. I think it’s the falsetto.
Matt: FALSETTO IN THREE… TWO…
Eric: “And you lost controoooool.”
Matt: This one sounds like Long Beach. But not the Snoop Lion part.
Eric: The Gin and Juice district.
Matt: The part with all the Starbucks.
Eric: It smells like coconut there.
Matt: It’s funny to imagine Ryan Key in a Katy Perry outfit. *twirl twirl twirl*
Eric: It’s fortunate that Ryan’s voice still has so much youth in it, or else he could not sell this type of music and these lyrics.
Matt: Word. Always twentysomething
Eric: Stay gold, Ponyboy.
Matt: They do good with slowing it down.
Eric: Yeah, and I think this album goes slower than you’d expect. It’s nice, because slow for this band is uptempo for anyone else.
Matt: All this nostalgia is making me weep profusely. AND WE HAVEN’T EVEN HIT “TEN” YET.
Eric: If you need to take a moment to soak in the emotion, I’ll cover your shift.
Matt: The production on this album is really, really good.
Eric: Oh, definitely. It’s very polished without sounding sterile.
Eric: This album should throw some harmonies in there.
Matt: HA HA CUZ THEY HAVE A LOT
(8) “Rivertown Blues”
Matt: BANG CRASH BANG CRASH BANG CRASH PUNK PUNK PUNK
Eric: *Early Relient K drums* *or any other band from that era* *this song is also “Believe”*
Matt: This album’s working title was just “MEMORIEZ.”
Eric: I think I’m becoming progressively more 15 years old by the second.
Matt: We were twenty-three and it felt okay! Sleeping all night, staying up all daaaaaay!
Eric: Speak for yourself, daywalker.
Matt: DUAL HARMONIZING GUITARS. Pretty cool solo, for actuals. It’s good to see talent brandished unobnoxiously.
Eric: It is. It’s like a Dragonforce song up in here.
Matt: Well, you just ruined it.
Eric: Assuredly the first time that comparison has been made.
(10) “Southern Air”
Matt: This is definitely a Yellowcard album. Current ratings:
1. Ocean Avenue
2. Paper Walls
3. When You’re Through Thinking, Say Yes
4. This one
5. Lights and Sounds
6. The other one
1. Ocean Avenue
2. The other ones
But I do like Southern Air.
Matt: Yeah okay poser.
Eric: All in all, this is a solid album. It’s not awe-inspiring, but it is fun and enjoyable and thoughtful.
Matt: And sentimental. It accomplishes its purposes exactly. I love it.