Ocean Avenue



Intelligent lyrics, terrific performances.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Ever-so-slightly depressed on a couple of songs.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this CD has interesting songs and performances, all PG-rated, a refreshing change from today's overprocessed pop. Notice the terrific harmony vocal arrangements, and the quirky fiddle.

What's the story?

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.

Is it any good?


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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the concept of music honesty. Does this album successfully deliver such integrity in its lyrics and music?

Music details

Release date:July 22, 2003
Genre:Punk Rock
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 16 years old Written byLivvy16 December 28, 2011

This is some good stuff

REALLY clean, especially for today's music. Finaly something refreshing during the age of Justin Bieber.
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Kid, 11 years old May 15, 2011

Cherry Street

I love Ocean Avenue it was my anthem for a time.
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Kid, 11 years old January 17, 2011

Love it (:

I love this album <3 And this band [: I think the most powerful song is Believe. (It's about hero's of 9/11) There's no bad words at all (:
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