When You’re Through Thinking, Say Yes by Yellowcard (Hopeless Records)

After playing an acoustic show at the Troubador in Hollywood some time ago, it’s great to finally hear again from the Orange County band. It’s was worth the wait to hear the new album. Changing record labels has freed up the band a little more to breath and has let the band be more into their music again. It’s fast and fun and exciting music again.

Four years have passed since Yellowcard’s Paper Walls hit the record market. It’s been two years since the Floridian quintet announced plans for an ‘indefinite hiatus’. If your looking for innovative and being impressed, don’t write off Yellowcard just yet. With When You’re Through Thinking, Say Yes, there are songs on the album which reminisce bubblegum sugary of 2003’s Ocean Avenue, and others which would fits right in with the darker melancholic sounds of 2006’s Lights and Sounds. Then you find added in the bands sound chunkier riff-laden tunes of 2007’s Paper Walls. With this being said, Yellowcard’s gift for writing memorable, sing-a-long choruses are showcased to the fullest on When You’re Through Thinking, Say Yes.

Songs like With You Around, Hang You Up, and Hide, all evidence to all of this sound being mixed in and brought up to date on this new CD release. The band boasts a violin in their repertoire still, that is helping them shine amongst pop-punk bands in the music industry. Such as Life Of Leaving Home and For You, And Your Denial are examples of tunes which the violin plays a major part in adding effectiveness. Topics covered range from hope to love. One of the great thought provoking songs is Life Of Leaving Home. If your looking for a song with interesting describing creative imagery you’ll find that in the song Soundtrack.

This CD has a beautiful violin, wonderful vocals, catchy & meaningful lyrics, rocking guitars and awesome drums. It’s a very mature, meaningful and catchy album. It’s well arranged and shows that production was definitely a big part of this album. You could say it reminds us Ocean Avenue and Paper Walls but more fun and relaxed yet with better performance. However, 10 songs…I wanted more than that…

(Review by Jonathan D. Wright)


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