Yellowcard’s New Album ‘Yellowcard’ Reviewed and Ranked

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LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM – MARCH 09: Ryan Key of Yellowcard performs on stage at KOKO on March 9, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Burak Cingi/Redferns via Getty Images)

Yellowcard released their tenth and final album, ‘Yellowcard’, on September 30th. We have a breakdown of the album and rankings of all ten tracks!

I have no shame. I LOVE YELLOWCARD. Ocean Avenue was the soundtrack of my early high school years and helped me through a lot of tough times. Times, now, that feel silly and less significant. All it takes, though, is one note from “Way Away” and my heart is exploding again with those feelings- puppy love and heart break, emotional devastation and drama, drama, drama.

There have been eight other albums between Ocean Avenue and Yellowcard, this latest release, but none of them have spoken to me quite like these two.

So what do I think of the new album? In a word: love.

Perhaps I love it because I know it’s their last and part of me has time-traveled back to my 15 year old self. Or maybe it really is that good. It’s their last; it’s goodbye. It should be great.

If I have one complaint it’s that there isn’t enough of the one thing that made Yellowcard stand out, truly, from the other 45 billion emo rock bands: that gosh-darn violin. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still there, but it’s muted and sweeping melodic features are few and far between. Is it still the Yellowcard of my youth? No. But they’ve grown up with me, and I can hear that in their latest- and last- record.

So, let’s take a look. I’ve ranked the tracks by my favorites. Let me know what your favorites are in the comments!