Joe Caramanica
July 25, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

On the spiritual-development spectrum, Cali punk newbies Yellowcard lay somewhere between A Simple Plan and blink-182, which is to say they’re resilient enough not to whine, but too young to have a reason to anyhow. Feverish frontman Ryan Key wails every song without a hint of stylistic variation, subject matter be damned. His band isn’t any better; it features a violinist, but the mock seriousness of the instrument, as on ”Only One” and ”Life of a Salesman,” only serves to underscore how declasse everything else is.

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