Friday, April 26, 2013

Does It Hold Up?: Yellowcard's One For the Kids (2001)

I have a very vivid memory of being in Asbury Park, leaving the Skate and Surf Fest and being approached by a young man who asked me if I knew who Yellowcard were. As i answered yes, he inquired if i could name any songs not from 2003's "Ocean Avenue." I replied by listing titles from "One For the Kids," which came out two years earlier.  He was impressed, gave me a high-five and I continued to walk down the boardwalk. 

I loved this album in 2001.  I thought the use of violins was so "interesting" and cool. The lead singer was a hottie. That is all i needed in the early 2000s.

When I queued One for the Kids up on Spotify, I was immediately reminded how great the first track, "Starstruck," is. I thought this was going to be a no brainer! Of course this album is great!  And then song #2 came on. "Drifting Away" is a nasely mess.  Skip!   "Something Value" is an acoustic gem. Okay, album redeemed. Powering through all the following songs was painful. "Cigarette"  was the only other track I could listen to in full. 

In a few words, this album does not hold up.  It has a few good songs.  But this is just an example of when teenage nativity takes over the eardrums.  

But boy did this band make violins cool....and I will always love "Something of Value."  It is one of the meanest songs ever.

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