February 16, 2006

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Yellowcard, Lights and Sounds
Capitol Records, 2006

Now that Yellowcard has at last delivered on their threat to devolve into yet-a-bloody-nother B-side boy band, it’d be the ideal time to propound an explanation or two for the stupefying number of Blink-12-sounding tribbles making their way in the world, but there simply isn’t a single workable theory that doesn’t read like loonspeak. The predictability of Lights and Sounds must have Isaac Newton trying to chew his way out of the grave: act now and you’ll receive such obligatos as the Shins-style oater “City of Devils,” an impotent nu-metal wheeze (“Martin Sheen or JFK”), and, oh, gack, the rest of it. They Might Be Giants boing-boinging must have been high up the list on Capitol’s faxed requisition for this contractually demanded go-round, seeing as how the title track’s bootlicking of proto-geek rock couldn’t possibly be more NC-17-rated.C-
— Eric Saegera