I’ve decide that this is my favourite Yellowcard album.
I always felt that ‘Lights and Sounds’ was never fully appreciated. Its departure from the sounds and themes of ‘Ocean Avenue’ was sure to annoy many, and even to this day it irks me that people out there still expect the band to churn out the same or similar sounds that they did 10 years ago.
Anyway, this album took on some darker concepts as the band was dealing with the loss of a band member and the expectations bestowed upon them post-Ocean Avenue. Key was also dealing with drugs/alcohol at the time while the band despised life in LA (I recommend ‘Rough Landing Holly’ and ‘Holly Wood Died’).
There are some wonderful lyrics that are weaved throughout the album, which not only describes the context in which the songs were written/composed but also creates imagery - bright lights, deafening sounds, flying/skies, falling/crashing, love, loss, life, death (I recommend ’Sure Thing Falling’, ‘Martin Sheen or JFK’).
There is a sad reality that the songs express and it only goes to show the band’s honesty in writing music (I recommend City of Devils, Grey and Three Flights Down). Yes, some of the tracks are aggressive and a little spiteful but they manage to pull them off without the use of profanity (I recommend ‘Lights and Sounds’ and ‘Words, Hands, Hearts’).
I honestly don’t often come across an album that I can listen to from start to finish, but this is one of them. Give it a listen if you have the chance.