Criticising pop-punk songs for being formulaic is akin to shooting fish in a barrel – and is to overlook the charms the genre has to offer – and certainly it is a weakness that is evident on many of Yellowcard’s songs, such as A Place We Set Afire. But Yellowcard manage to distract from this shortcoming by the inclusion of unexpected musical elements – the violin and strings of A Place We Set Afire’s bridge, and the electro-vibe of What Appears. Utilising piano on Leave A Light On provides a surprising, and welcome change of pace, as does the folksy guitar riff of I’m A Wrecking Ball.
This is an extract from a review originally published on the 14th October 2016. Please visit Renowned For Sound to read the full review.