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For their seventh studio album, Lift a Sail, Yellowcard had a simple but ambitious goal: to outdo everything they’d ever done before. The guitars and drums had to hit harder; the songwriting had to cut deeper; the choruses had to reach heights only hinted at on their previous outings. Frontman Ryan Key believes he and his bandmates—guitarist Ryan Mendez, violinist Sean Mackin, ... Read more in Amazon's Yellowcard Store

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  • Audio CD (July 17, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B000R7I2U6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,343 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The album title Paper Walls comes from the song of the same name, which begins "Let's burn a hole so we can climb out of these paper walls in this empty house." It's a reference to the barriers that built up between the band members over the years and everyone's desire to tear down the obstacles and heal old scars.

"If you really love each other as much as we do, you want to knock those walls down and get back to the place where you enjoy being with each other and making music together," says Key. "The song is basically saying let’s get back out there and remember why this is important to us, why we love being on stage and why we love making records."

Album opener "The Takedown" starts with a shot – an indelible guitar hook and ferocious drums charge forth as Yellowcard's trademark mix of airtight vocal harmonies, entwined guitar lines and flourishes of violin crackle with energy. "Fighting" brings together the band's many strengths – tight, melodic, propulsive riffs gather steam before launching into an epic, undeniable chorus. And bruised but beautiful lead single "Light Up the Sky" has an even more massive payoff, its refrain won't leave your head in this lifetime, but allows for some ringing dissonance beneath it all.

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Add Yellowcard to that very short list of spirited pop-punk acts that made the transition from an indie to a major label and got better in the process. The SoCal by way of Florida band's brand of strident, post-emo pop has only improved with each release, even as their sound grew more anthemic and radio-friendly (and reached double platinum status). Their first album since founding guitarist Ben Harper split the group, Paper Walls has been described by the band themselves as a sort of group therapy attempt, an effort to "tear down obstacles and heal old scars" amongst the five members. Unsurprisingly, the lyrics are direct and honest, while they've broadened their sonic palette to allow a tad more dissonance in with their urgent and propulsive pop-punk. The songs "Shadows and Regrets," "Paper Walls" and "Five Become Four" mix thoughtful lyrics with a sped-up, catchy violin in a way that's both "mature" and the ideal soundtrack to your next extreme sports adventure. --Mike McGonigal

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This is definitely one of the best summer albums this year!
J. Wallett
I fell in love with the rest of the album too because it brought back that Ocean Avenue feel.
P. Sridhar
Yellowcard has always been that band that either has a really good song, or a boring song.
Andy

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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Cory T. Shaeffer on July 17, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Not quite as poppy as "Ocean Avenue" but more fun than the dreadful follow-up "Lights and Sounds," Yellowcard's latest, "Paper Walls" delivers something for everyone. Witness the aggressive guitar intro to the track "Light Up the Sky" and it is evident that the traces of whiny emo-pop from "Lights and Sounds" are mostly gone. In its place are catchy but fast-paced melodies, riffs (yes, I said RIFFS) and harminies made complete with the occasional violin. This band seems to have remembered where they hid their guitars. Key's vocals are typically excellent, melodic with a little attitude, and most of the melodies are good. Some of the songs don't develop a catchy hook and about a third of the tracks drag a little, but when they are on their game, Yellowcard proves that they are more than just a one-hit wonder with this surprisingly solid release. The lyrics are also good, an added bonus, not to have to hear songs about breakups over and over again. Yellowcard is way more intriguing than Plain White T's, way less self-aware than FOB or My Chemical Romance, and just might score their biggest hit yet with "Paper Walls."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Padraic on March 21, 2010
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Cory - I agree this is a better album ... "Dear Bobbie" is a great, acoustic ballady song, with almost a rockabilly beat, to it ... tells a good story, and the singer sings it in a melodic, strong voice. Some the tracks sound kind of alike, with that fast pop-punk sort of rhythm going ... "Keeper" is the track I really like on this. Has a great chorus, and a verse-to-chorus symbiosis about it that is the way a song is supposed to be done.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 19, 2007
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This album is just plain great, thats all i have to say. I've grown up with this band and they've tought me alot through the little things of just idk being a teenager or just growing up. their last two ablums have help in so many ways and this new one is as well. buy it and see them live there amazing
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By V. Lara on July 18, 2007
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Really great album mixing the best traits of the last two. It has the fun/funkyness of Ocean Avenue with the deeper and edgier sound of Lights And Sounds. Definitely a recomendation for anyone who's ever liked any of their songs.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Zeitlin on January 21, 2008
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Look, I'm a chick. I love music. Everything I listen to is put into a little compartment in my brain that somehow correlates with an event in my life. The first time I heard Yellowcard was back in 2002 or 2003 when One For the Kids came out. I was 17 and embarking on some really great times in life. Hence the reason I associate Yellowcard with the awesomeness of life. Ocean Ave came out, and I was thrilled for both myself(for having loved it), and for the band(for having MADE it). Lights and Sounds came out and I was sorely disappointed. Which brings me to Paper Walls. I was pretty reluctant to spend the money to buy this CD, especially with how I felt about their previous album. Imagine my surprise when I popped this CD into my car CD player! Like I mentioned previously, I tend to FEEL alot when I listen to my music; and I certainly felt when I listened to this! From the opening track, The Takedown to Light Up the Sky (which, come on, any chick would KILL to have someone say that about her), to Dear Bobbie, to Paper Walls...its full of energy and just so...Yellowcard! Yes, there are some downsides to the album...but honestly, they're so not relevant(at least, in my opinion) to really be worth mentioning. All in all...kudos, boys. Great work.

PS...I'm 4 glasses of wine deep while writing this. So if its semi-incoherent and stupid...well, thats kind of me sober anyway, so I guess I have nothing to apologize for. :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TiKiMaN1 on July 18, 2007
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If you liked the album "Ocean Avenue" you will love "Paper Walls"! From the very first song "Takedown" (featured in Madden 2008 by the way), to the last song "Paper Walls", every track sounds inspired and fleshed out making good use of the talents of each band member. Everything sounds great! The drums, the guitars, the singing and of course the trademark work on the violin.

One of my favorite tracks is "Dear Bobbie" which is about Key's Grandpa and his 58 year marriage to his wife. Ryan wrote great lyrics but hearing his Grandpa read the love letter is especially moving.

The DVD that comes with it includes 2 bonus acoustic tracks and some brief documentaries on the making of the CD. A great addiction to any fans collection.

Fantastic Yellowcard! This is your best album yet! Keep Rocking! And hurry and get back to Utah!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Rupert on March 7, 2008
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Amidst all the punk-pop that was dominating the airwaves in the early `00s (and still is) was Yellowcard, who created a classic album in Ocean Avenue. Their follow-up Lights and Sounds was also good but it appeared that the band was slowly trying to stray away from the emo sound. But it looks like they're going back to that sound on Paper Walls.

This is far from being a bad album, but the only song that really stands out is "Shadows and Regrets". The necessary acoustic songs "Dear Bobbie" and the title track are also good, though, as is "Cut Me, Mick" (the title obviously being a reference to the famous Rocky line, but the song not so much). The thing is, even though violinist Sean Mackin is still wholly present, Yellowcard somehow changed from a great band to "just another" emo band. Paper Walls is still a good album, but if you're not a big fan of Yellowcard, B.I.F.

Anthony Rupert
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lights and sounds
Thank you! I absolutely agree with this opinion.
Sep 10, 2007 by Electro |  See all 3 posts
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yea i agree....its got a great sound though it doesn't take the band to any new directions, what it is just a great cd by a great band. glad to hear that the violin is back more also.
Jul 13, 2007 by David T. Webb |  See all 3 posts
take all of this pop and emo and art and pop crap off of the punk rock...
You are really crazy man. Who would take the time to write this? And you can't come ranting and raving about how non-hardcore some bands are and then talk about Sigur Ros...Icelandic trance music is NOT hardcore. Not that it's bad, but I mean, come on. Quit ranting like a little baby and be... Read More
Jul 17, 2007 by Iceman |  See all 3 posts
take all of this emo and pop and art and dance and pop and art crap off...
Sounds like you'd be a big fan of Ben Weasel's famous "Punk Rock Dress Code":

http://carol98im2.spaces.live.com/Blog/cns!D3FA18BF555264D7!358.entry

Let us know if you get the joke or not. ;)
Jul 13, 2007 by Darren Hewer |  See all 7 posts
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