Yellowcard’s Self-Titled (S/T) marks the bands final album.
This album follows up their 2014 album, Lift A Sail, and the tune is much the same. Lift A Sail was seen as a departure from Yellowcard’s patented pop-punk sound to a more serious anthem-rock style. S/T follows in these footsteps and delivers a sadly mediocre last effort.
The album starts out with a strong track in “Rest In Peace.” It’s light and fluffy enough to start the album off with promise. Its flashy acoustics and melancholy lyrics want to set the tone for the rest of the record. However,” What Appears” struggles through its verses with distorted drums and uninspired guitar riffs only to be saved by the chorus. “Got Yours” is pure Yellowcard through and through. The beat is infectious and it doesn’t outstay its welcome. From here on there are a couple of tracks to find solace in. The first three minutes of “The Hurt Is Gone” does its best Jimmy Eat World impression and “Savior’s Robes” provides some much needed variety late in the album.
The sound on S/T is a slightly less polished version of Lift A Sail with even less heart. The drums are robotic and overpower nearly every track with low bass notes and a monotonous rhythm. The usual flare is dulled down and lacks the spark the band is known for. A lot of the stylistic choices are strange and unfitting for Yellowcard. The added distortion, flat snare/bass, and sheltered guitar leads make the album feel more open and atmosphere, but loses the tightness it needs to thrive. A majority of the tracks are 30-60 second too long with boring outros and repetitive lyrics.
Since Yellowcard knew this was their last album they did everything in their advertising to remind you of that. It’s meant to show you how far they’ve come as a band and to cherish the memories they’ve given you along the way. The lyrics aren’t as impactful as they should be because of this self-awareness. S/T is by far the slowest album Yellowcard has ever produced and while that may appeal to some, I think they would’ve benefited with going out with a bang. It’s a shame that at the end of such a well-received tenure we are asking ourselves, “That’s it?”