Like many people my age, I grew up with Yellowcard. I saw them on Warped Tour and during their “Ocean Avenue” period in 2003 and 2004, and for me, they were one of the first “punk” bands I ever heard and saw live. I actually bought “Ocean Avenue” from a cd store. How crazy is that?
Over the years, they’ve always stood out from the pop punk crowd with their unique sound featuring a violin. I loved it when they released an acoustic version of “When You’re Through Thinking, Say Yes” and was excited to hear that they would be releasing an acoustic version of their classic “Ocean Avenue” during the album’s 10th anniversary year.
I was expecting a stripped down version of the album, but what I got was an upbeat, but acoustic interpretation that I really love.
It’s clear the reinterpretation of the songs was well-thought out. The album’s opener “Way Away” still hits me the same way the original did 10 years ago. Bouncy, catchy and classic.
“One Year, Six Months” features a piano this time around and the result is gorgeous, while my favorite, “Breathing” still sounds as fresh as the day I first heard it.
While the whole “Tenth Anniversary” phenomenon may seem tired at this point, I think Yellowcard have started a great trend that I hope more bands follow. To be able to look at one of your classic albums with fresh eyes and more experience can result in something pretty amazing that’s both special to the fans, and hopefully to the band.
If you’re a fan of Yellowcard at any stage in their career, pick this up. It’s full of nostalgia for hardcore fans, but also offers new fans a glimpse into the early career of the band and showcases their talent for acoustic performances.