Ocean Avenue 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… 2003-07-22 Yellowcard
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Ocean Avenue (2003)

Details Release Date: Jul 22, 2003; Lead Performance: Yellowcard

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.

Originally posted Jul 25, 2003 Published in issue #720 Jul 25, 2003 Order article reprints