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Paper Walls

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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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 17, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B000R7I2U6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,313 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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THIS CD ROCKS!!! Its perfect for cranking up! the drums are fast and the guitars and bass are awesome and theres even some sweet violin in there! and of course the singer is great! This cd is really upbeat and I think its yellowcards best cd! GET IT!
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Great beats and sounds and words u can relate and connect with. Good easy listening for almost any situation. Got it to replace my old one that got stolen and glad i finally got it and at a decent to good price too!
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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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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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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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This was a birthday gift that was on my daughter's wish list. That meant it was important to
me that it arrived as advertised in new condition and on time. It made her happy, which makes
me happy. I have complete confidence that I will get the item I order as advertised. Thank you.
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