Yellowcard – Southern Air Album Review

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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Released: 14th August, 2012

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Considering their last album, 2011’s When You’re Through Thinking, Say Yes, only dropped eighteen months before this new record, many people would expect Yellowcard to sound very pedestrian on Southern Air. Assuming they wanted to milk the critical and fanatical success of an album that was a shot in the arm for the pop-rock scene with minimal effort.

Well, nothing could be further from the truth as this ten-track opus begins with a racing pulse that would suggest work akin to Usain Bolt’s recent exploits. Awakening blows the cobwebs out with a frantic pace, some palm-muted riffing and Sean Mackin’s expertly complimentary violin playing.

Singer and guitarist Ryan Key credits this energy, and incredible productivity, to his reconnection with his roots during the band’s well documented two-year hiatus. The opener is a four-minute disownment of the west-coast
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