Yellowcard When You're Through Thinking, Say Yes

Yellowcard When You're Through Thinking, Say Yes
Yellowcard, the power pop-punk group from Jacksonville, FL return after a two-year hiatus with the anthem-abundant When You're Through Thinking, Say Yes. Known for "Ocean Avenue" and "Lights and Sounds," their sound has remained consistent, if somewhat redundant, over the years. And while When You're Through Thinking, Say Yes will surely please fans, it's a shame that the band have refrained from demonstrating any signs of growing up. Opening with "The Sound of You and Me," Yellowcard return in full form once again, exacerbating their romantic problems with over-the-top production values and bland guitar dynamics. These themes continue throughout every track. The opening of "For You and Your Denial" is by far the high point, with its captivating violin melody playing overtop thrashing guitar. Other positive aspects of the album are the violin and drumming. Sean Macklin's violin playing adds variety to an otherwise generic set of tracks and Longineu Parson's drumming is, at points, spectacular (of notable mention is "Life of Leaving Home"). Unfortunately, the album ultimately fails due to an overdose of nostalgia. Many of the tracks, such as "Be The Young," are meant to be reminiscent of older albums like Ocean Avenue, and "With You Around" features a direct song reference: "Do you remember when I said you were my only one?" When You're Through Thinking, Say Yes sounds like nothing more than a veteran group refusing to mature musically in any way. (Hopeless)