Wednesday, August 28, 2013

CD Review: Yellowcard Revisit "Ocean Avenue" For 10th Anniversary

The Jacksonville, FL alternative rock band Yellowcard are on constant quest to produce an album that finds as big of an audience as their 2003 platnium-selling "Ocean Avenue." Their latest release, 2012's "Southern Air" debuted at #10 on the Billboard Top 200 Album chart and topped many critics "Album of the Year" lists, but did not have the impact that their breakout album had. To celebrate the tenth anniversary of that monumental album, Yellowcard are re-recording the entire album acoustically. The new album, "Ocean Avenue Acoustic" was released back in August through Hopeless Records.
 
The band shows a maturity in their sound as they deliver the songs in a very stripped-sown version, which shows the amazing song-writing that went into the original album. They still showcase their punk roots on the album opener "Walk Away," but it seemed like a no brainer to record the hit single "Ocean Avenue" with acoustic instruments. Yellowcard showcase their softer side with "Empty Apartment" and "Only One." They seemed to have fun going back and re-recording these classic songs, which is portrayed in the new recordings of "Miles Apart" and "View From Heaven." The album closes with (just like original) "Back Home" as Yellowcard show with this new release that you can go back home again.
 
The band are bringing this new release on the road, beginning August 31st. The tour includes stops at Boston's House of Blues and Wallingford, CT's The Dome at Oakdale at the beginning of September. For more information about the tour and the new album, please visit yellowcardrock.com.

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