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I donít envy Yellowcardís night after night chore of choosing a set list at this point, even just the skeleton of a set list. The difference between Yellowcard and other bandís that have made it to five records (and an EP release or two on top of that) is that fans connect with the majority of each record. The result isnít an easy 10-20 choice of songs to play each night. Itís a ridiculous 40-50 song choice that makes it impossible to guarantee everybody walks away from a show completely satisfied. Nonetheless, itís a good problem to have but a problem thatís only going to get worse after the release of their latest album, Southern Air.
Inspired by Ryan Keyís return to living in the south- in Athens, Georgia no less- Southern Air is what the band should sound like. I love Paper Walls and When Youíre Through Thinking, Say Yes but most fans like the bandís stuff thatís inspired by the southern attitude. Thereís something about the vibe of youth and peace on Ocean Avenue. Thereís something about the bandís longing for home and hating L.A. on Lights and Sounds too. People just connect with those albums better. Southern Air has this southern feel to it but itís a different southern feel. Itís about a guy whose getting older and looking back on his life, but living in an environment that allows him to do that. Itís mellow/acoustic driven record, it just has a lot of that emotion bleeding out of it through itís lyrics. Musically it sounds like a Yellowcard album. Itís got the same type of energy that people have come to expect song to song and album to album. Musically only a couple of things are done differently. Thereís a completely acoustic song as something not completely new, a few changes in guitar solos, and a couple of odds and ends here and there, but thereís no doubt that Southern Air is pure Yellowcard.
Fans of the band will connect with this album lyrically, especially the adult crowd already in or coming on their 30s. Thereís a lot to identify- that includes the active tracks ďHere I Am AliveĒ and ďAlways SummerĒ to the absolutely gut-wrenching acoustic song, ďTen.Ē Southern Air holds true to the quality of work that youíd expect out of this band, but it doesnít make the task of choosing a set list night after night any easier for them. There are ten songs on this album to listen to over and over again.