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Charming and creative, Yellowcard's OCEAN AVENUE is a powerful punk-tinged CD that delivers a level of singing and playing skill that suggests these guys could hold their own just as easily in the bluegrass genre -- meant here as a high compliment. Sean Mackin's violin is a large part of the group's unique voice, but so are the actual unique voices. Lead vocalist Ryan Key writes and sings from the heart: \"Way Away,\" \"Empty Apartment,\" \"Only One,\" \"Breathing,\" and \"Back Home\" are all highlights. Refreshing to the ear and the soul, his lyrics are understated and poetic, addressing themes of lost love, wanderlust, being homesick, and other real-life stuff.
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Ocean Avenue is a beautifully crafted album that combines punk sensibility with interesting lyrics, well-played acoustic tracks, lovely vocal harmonies, and an overall message that fits snugly in the PG realm. Lead and harmony vocals soar in interesting interplay, with an earthy grit that's absent on so many overprocessed contemporary pop CDs; it'll make you realize how much you've missed this kind of musical honesty. Buy this CD for the budding rocker in your household. Then enjoy it yourself when no one's looking.
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