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Southern Air is the sound of emo growing up. Yellowcard formed in 1997, so the members of the Jacksonville, Fla.–based quintet were well into their 30s when its eighth studio album came out. And while the songs on Southern Air are still taut and buoyant with a youthful exuberance, they’re also nicely balanced with thoughtful lyrics that go well beyond the band’s bygone muse-in-a-mall topics. “Awakening” finds Ryan Key looking to the future and accepting that a man can (and sometimes should) embrace his own change. “Always Summer” sticks out with dynamic sections where the guitars just disappear and let the bass and drums carry the verse into a chorus that blasts open with contagiously catchy melodies and a violin solo taking center stage, where Ryan Mendez would normally inject a guitar solo. “Here I Am Alive” is another outstanding single, with Key’s most insightful verse to date: "They say you don't grow up/You just grow old/It's safe to say I haven't done both/I've made mistakes I know." “Ten” is another commendable tune with acoustic guitars and gut-knotting lyrics.

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Good Stuff

It's very refreshing to hear from these guys again with this generation's music dominated by uninspired pop and hip-hop. Yellowcard has such a unique sound, which is combining punk rock with their signature violinist. They do what they do best, which is creating songs packed with lots of depth, energy and passion, and that's exactly what they did with Southern Air. As for the bonus track, they did a wonderful job at covering Coldplay's, Fix You. A great addition to one of Yellowcard's best albums.

Pleasantly surprised!

This album is fantastic!! Until now, 'Ocean Avenue' was the best because of its driving sounds and catchy lyrics. Yellowcard fizzled out with their music -- almost like they were struggling to come up with the "next hit" and hadn't been able to get it. Yeah, the track "Lights and Sounds" was amazing, but for a long time, there was no topping "Ocean Avenue" the album and the track. Until now. This album has the feel I loved so much from Ocean Ave but at the same time it's totally it's own album. Definitely worth the 10 bucks!

Yellowcard NEVER Disappoints

GREAT album from start to finish... are people not checking out Rivertown Blues because of title?? It is a huge, In-Your-Face rock song with a sick solo by Mendez... so don't overlook it!!

I definitely recommend: Surface of the Sun (10/10), Always Summer (10/10), Southern Air (10/10), Rivertown Blues (10/10), and Awakening (10/10). -They really outdid themselves on these songs.
But you know what, just buy the whole album, you won't regret it.

Ten is also great and the most emotional track on the album for sure. (8.5/10)
Sleep in the Snow is a fun listen (8/10) and Here I Am Alive will grow on you pretty quickly, I enjoy the lyrics to this one (9/10).

Vicious Kind is still growing on me, I don't love it but it's not a bad song at all.. it's just that there is so much greatness on this album!! (7/10)
Same with Telescope, and I feel like you just have to be in the mood for this one (7/10)

Overall fantastic album. I'll keeping it on repeat. (9/10)
And Bravo to their cover of Fix You. Nicely done.


Formed: 1997 in Jacksonville, FL

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

The punk-inspired quintet Yellowcard formed in Jacksonville, Florida in 1997 but didn't solidify their lineup until a move to Southern California in early 2000. Comprised of vocalist/guitarist Ryan Key (who had briefly played with Cali-based Craig's Brother), vocalist/violinist Sean Mackin, guitarist Ben Harper, drummer Longineu Parsons, and bassist Warren Cooke, the band officially debuted on wax in 2001 with One for the Kids (Lobster) and returned a year later with the Underdog EP for Fueled by...
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