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Yellow Second - Altitude

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Yellow Second - Altitude
Floodgate Records
{SCORE: 5/10}

1. Silhouette
2. Chance of Sunbreaks
3. Forget What You’ve Heard
4. Material
5. Plume
6. Mulberry
7. Some Other Way
8. Gravity Boots
9. Seed
10. Fall Out of Line
11. Hello to Never
12. I Can Awake
13. Imaginary Friend

Yes, Yellow Second have definitely mastered the art of power-pop. It is clear and evident that they have spent a good amount of time studying from the encyclopedia of pop hooks and the textbook of catchy melodies while playing out their Weezer records in the background. You have to give these guys a hand for conquering the style and seamlessly mending and bending it throughout the album, taking it in any direction they choose. The vocals fit, the guitar work is somewhat interesting, and every song could be a single, but after listening through the album, I have not been impacted in the least. At points I was bobbing my head, at times tapping my foot, perhaps even singing along, but ultimately the music is forgettable.

Ever come across a record that you recognize has some effective qualities but otherwise it just feels well... two-dimensional? If so, you can relate to my feelings about Altitude. Two-dimensional really sums it up, lacking any depth or musicianship that stands up and demands your attention. Why should this record win the rights to your consideration let alone immersion? Almost all the songs are terribly safe with very few locations that would really rally your interest, it’s just raw pop.

“Silhouette,” the opening track, seemed to promise a substantial amount of well written enjoyable and often relaxing numbers, but as the record moved into, “Chance of Sunbreaks,” it was a turn for the worst. It is the songs like this that might get stuck in your head but do nothing to pique your interest or enlighten your ears. In a time where musical diversity is key, and listeners are developing a growing affinity for the fresh and unique, a weakhearted and droll tune such as this is simply fugacious, there is no real value here. It takes several tracks before the album even attempts to redeem itself and bring your consciousness back into their plane of sound, and even still the effect is evanescent. As the record wears on, the songs become increasingly Weezer-like, fluidly off key and quirky, yet always brutally simple. One by one they pass by, high points: minimal.

In lieu of the negative mien present in this review, I enjoyed listening to Altitude. Honestly, songs like “Hello to Never” put me in a great mood and are sonically fun. Suffice it to say that it might even make a return to my stereo on one sunny day in June, at a time when I desire a little candor that’s easy to swallow. For now however, I find little to revel in or appreciate amongst the record. As a music fan I demand a little bit more from the artists I follow; there is just too much talent and too many outstanding bands out there to settle for the “decent.” Altitude is a good record, and Yellow Second is a good band, just not good enough.
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05:51 PM on 05/21/06
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Yellow Second isn't bad.

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