“Heavy heart. Thank you for 16 years of dreams coming true”… that was the first part of a tweet by Ryan from Yellowcard (Ryan Kay) posted on Twitter on June 24. Later, there will be on the official site of the band an statement about why the band have decided to return only to say farewell… but there are a good moment for a band to say farewell?
In this case the group consider “many things – our families, our health, our future endeavors. In the end we realized that this was the right time to step away and preserve the legacy and integrity of the band. It is with you, the fans in mind, that this decision was made, We wanted to have the chance to share our farewell with as many fans around the world as we could, and now is the right time to do just that.”
According to that, this is an album done for their fans. In 10 songs, Yellowcard seems remember all their 10 albums released in this years, with their characteristic pop-punk sound, with the use of violin mixed with the electronic guitars and drums.
The themes in the album are mostly two:
– The past which can be found in “Rest In Peace”. The lyrics says “If you could go back now would you say it differently/ If there was no one there would you open up for me/ If this was the last time that we would ever speak/ Could we forgive somehow could we let it rest in peace”.
– The future, which is the main idea in “The Hurt is Gone”. The lyrics says: “Stop, covering your eyes/wasting precious time on yesterday’s/ it’s written on your face/but you’ve got time/you’ve got time”.
Is not strange that this songs are the singles. By the other hand, there are interesting songs as “Savior Robes” is in the same line pop punk, really catchy. A bit different are “I’m a wrecking ball”, with a sound a little bit country, and “Fields & Fences”, calm and a way to end the album, but also say goodbye.
Other notable thing is that this album was produced by Ryan Key (Yellowcard’s frontman) and Ryan Mendez (Yellowcard’s guitarist), while the Executive Producer and mixer was Neal Avron. And something happens with this last album: the music of Yellowcard seems to have no age. They still sound fresh as always. Some reviews even said that this is “their most captivating and emotive release since Ocean Avenue”. (http://www.sputnikmusic.com/review/71787/Yellowcard-Yellowcard/ ).
Finally, you can listen our favorites in this links:
– Rest In Peace: https://open.spotify.com/track/3HO9WZQpMiOSi0Mx11plnk
– The Hurt is Gone: https://open.spotify.com/track/6qoBWSH01Ar7ZZT2YxJ5FH
– Fields & Fences: https://open.spotify.com/track/6azcUg0KvVKEabPlwBgOZ0