I often talk of nostalgia when reviewing pop-punk bands of yester year, but listening to ‘Ocean Avenue Acoustic’, the acoustic reimagining of the 2003 original album, made me completey OD on nostalgia and sent me on a bender of Pokémon cards, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater and Malcolm In The Middle. Not since I first listened to ‘Ocean Avenue’ ten long years ago have I felt this rush of emotion when listening to music. Call me sad, I don’t care, because this album is out-fucking-standing and really something special.
Though some of the faster and heavier songs like ‘Way Away’ and ‘Breathing’ don’t really translate 100% into the acoustic medium, they still sound incredible and tracks like ‘Empty Apartment’, ‘One Year, Six Months’ and ‘View From Heaven’ more than make up for this as they’re so beautiful and well arranged that they’re nothing short of a masterpiece. A special note has to be said for ‘One Year, Six Months’, which has the wonderful addition of a piano and takes an already beautiful song and makes it better.
Since I don’t want to bore and repeat myself, there’s really not much else to say really. We’re all familiar with at least one song from ‘Ocean Avenue’ and we’re all a little older and wiser than when we first listened to them. Thus, this album is simply perfect and will cater to both your nostalgic and maturer tastes. Even if you’re not a fan of Yellowcard or if you think you’ve grown out of them, I urge you to reconsider and at least listen to a handful of tracks. I’m damn near certain you will be won over.
Written by Andy Roberts