IRemember “Ocean Avenue,” How catchy it was and how everyone, no matter who you were, was singing it? “Paper Walls,” is “Ocean Avenue” revamped. It is Yellowcard and the reason you love them all over again. The CD begins with “Takedown,” which contains a catchy hook along with upbeat drumming and amazing guitar riffs. It’s the perfect song to start out the CD showing off what to expect in the next twelve tracks. “Fighting,” and “Five Becomes Four” remind me most of their old work. They have the same tempo, guitar style and drumming style as “Ocean Avenue,” and also have the speedy violin playing. The CD lacks new, new sound, a better sound. They haven’t changed or improved much on this CD and you can definitely see the reason fans will be disappointed. “Shadows and Regrets,” starts out as an acoustic song that you can’t help to fall in love with. “When we were best of friends, and we hoped for the best,” They lyrics to this song are well put together and is more of an anthem for every teenager rather than just another track. About a minute into the song the drums and violin come in and add to an already amazing song backing up the vocals and making them catchier than they already were. “Paper Walls,” the last track on the album starts with a choir singing in the beginning and definitely throws you off. It may even make you change the CD and end it there, but if you wait through the next thirty seconds you’ll find one of the best tracks on the CD. This song actually has more of its own sound, with more emotion behind the lyrics and the vocals more defined. Fans of Yellowcard who really like the old music will be very pleased, but if you’re expecting something new, you’re not going to find it here.
3 out of 5 [BS]