The chances of you liking this album depend on how much power-emo-pop punk you have been exposed to. I’ve heard a lot myself, and when I say a lot I mean a shitload, so my philosophy of you’ve heard one you’ve heard them all is glaringly reaffirmed by this album.

Ocean Avenue is Yellowcard’s second full-length album, which would lead you to believe there has been some progression in their music (not to be confused with production) since their 2001 release One For The Kids. Sadly, that isn’t the case.

They have basically taken all the pop punk conventions and thrown them on this album with, get this, a violinist. That is some crazy shit. I didn’t see that one coming, but the sound still hasn’t set them apart from the rest.

Now, if you are still enthralled with the newest Student Rick album or the latest Rufio disk then you will love this. But if you are like me and you crave something different for your musical palette then check out Brand New’s disk Deja Entendu and watch as the TRL crowd embraces these guys to complete the trinity. In the name of Good Charlotte, Simple Plan and Yellowcard. Amen.

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