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Yellowcard - One For The Kids

  by Anastasia Grabov

published: 26 / 3 / 2005



Yellowcard - One For The Kids
Label: Lobster
Format: CD

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Timely re-release of 2002 debut album by violin-playing American pop punks Yellowcard, whose second record 'Ocean Avenue'' went gold in the States last year


Having already achieved an impressive degree of success in the USA, it is unsurprising that Yellowcard have chosen to re-release their debut album, 'One For The Kids' for their new-found fans. Last year’s release, 'Ocean Avenue' was certified Gold by the RIAA. Though it is unlikely that this album will match the same status, it is likely to become a must-have for the dedicated crop of their fanbase, especially as the new version features the acoustic 'Rough Draft' and previously unreleased footage. Genre-wise Yellowcard are pop-punk. Punk enough to tickle the curiosity of long-time dedicated fans of old-school punksters Lagwagon and Good Riddance. Pop enough to enough to become favourites of MTV and Top 40 Radio stations in the US. Young and talented, they have hit upon the same teen market that Less Than Jake and No Use For A Name did all those years ago, and the Ataris and Jimmy Eat World have in more recent times. That is not to say that they are sticking to any of the present guidelines to popularity in punk. For a start their line-up consists of Ryan Key on lead vocals and guitar, Benjamin Harper on guitar, Peter Mosely on bass, Longineu Parsons on drums, and Sean Mackin on violin. Yes, the classically trained Mackin’s purpose within this pop-punk band is to provide the violin. It is not an obvious accompaniment, but somehow it manages to subtly enhance their tracks without being initially audible unless it is looked for. It’s most prominent on 'Something of Value' but still manages to belong. The violin really helps Yellowcard to stand out from a sometimes undistinguishable crowd. Added to this the album features no less than three acoustic tracks. The sense created overall is one of bittersweet yearning punctuated by crunchy rhythms, ever-changing directions of tempo and mood to keep you on your toes. Rousing and honest vocal harmonies were apparently the main reason this band got signed, and unsurprising really. This album just begs to be sung along with.



Track Listing:-
1 ★ Struck
2 Drifting
3 Something Of Value
4 Trembling
5 Sureshot
6 Big Apple Heartbreak
7 Cigarette
8 October Nights
9 Rock Star Land
10 For Pete's Sake
11 A.W.O.L.
12 Rough Draft



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