Release Date: Aug 13, 2013
Record label: Hopeless
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Emo-Pop, Punk Revival, Punk-Pop
Review Summary: Maybe we’ll forget. I hope we don’t forget.It’s amazing how a simple statement can mean one thing at the time it was said, and then something completely different a year and a half later. There was a moment the other day where my fiancée looked at me and said, “I love you” and I thought back to the first time she ever said those three words.
Celebrating the tenth anniversary of Ocean Avenue, the platinum-selling major-label debut of Florida pop-punk band Yellowcard, Ocean Avenue Acoustic finds the band reimagining its commercial breakthrough as an unplugged album. While the acoustic renditions of the songs certainly have a more pastoral and contemplative feeling about them, Yellowcard still manage to keep the energy that made the album so vital when it was released in 2003. The main feeling that comes through on Ocean Avenue Acoustic is one of reflection, which will gives fans the opportunity to toss this one on the stereo and take a trip down memory lane to experience all of the heartache and hopefulness in a whole new way.
It's not reinventing the wheel, but it’s worth a spin or two for nostalgia's sake... Yellowcard have been exercising their acoustic abilities since their 2011 comeback (‘When You’re Through Thinking, Say Yes’ got a full re-working like this last year), and while they’re very capable of playing in a stripped-down fashion, there’s very little on ‘Ocean Avenue Acoustic’ that really grabs you, even if you’re a hardened fan of the Jacksonville pop-punk veterans. As they did with the ‘When You’re Through Thinking…’ rework, they’ve basically turned the distortion down on their guitars and Ryan sings a bit softer, and there’s no re-arrangement or reinterpretation of the songs.