Lift a Sail

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Lift a Sail
YellowcardLiftASail.jpg
Studio album by Yellowcard
Released October 7, 2014
Genre Alternative rock,[1] pop rock,[2][3] rock,[2][3][4] stadium rock[5]
Length 47:24
Label Razor & Tie
Producer Neal Avron
Yellowcard chronology
Ocean Avenue Acoustic
(2013)Ocean Avenue Acoustic2013
Lift a Sail
(2014)
Yellowcard
(2016)Yellowcard2016
Singles from Lift a Sail
  1. "One Bedroom"
    Released: August 19, 2014

Lift a Sail is the ninth studio album by American rock band Yellowcard. This was the band's first album to not feature involvement from drummer Longineu W. "LP" Parsons III, who left the band in March 2014.

Background[edit]

On March 20, 2014, Yellowcard signed a deal with Razor & Tie, opting out of re-signing with Hopeless Records. According to the band's Ustreams that they host, "there will be no fast songs (although no shortage of energy)," "LP didn’t work on the record before leaving," and that "Lights and Sounds was fairly negative lyrically, but this album isn’t.”[6] The band also stated that this album is "less of a pop punk sound, more of a rock sound." The album artwork and track list were leaked by an Indonesian fan site, which the band acknowledged, even though the plan was to do so two weeks later.[7]

Release[edit]

"One Bedroom" impacted radio on September 9, 2014.[8] "Lift a Sail" was released on October 7, 2014, through their new label, Razor & Tie.[9]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 72/100[10]
Review scores
Source Rating
AbsolutePunk 8.5/10[11]
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[12]
Alternative Press Favorable[1]
The AU Review 10/10[13]
Idobi 7/10[4]
Rolling Stone Australia 2/5 stars[5]
Sputnikmusic 4/5[2]
Ultimate Guitar Archive 5.4/10[3]

At Metacritic, which assigns a "weighted average" rating out of 100 to selected independent ratings and reviews from mainstream critics, the album has received a Metascore of 72, based on five reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[10] Three and a half star reviewer for AllMusic, James Christopher Monger, states: "The 13-track set adds some relatively subtle flourishes of electronics to the mix while dialing back a little on Sean Mackin's signature violin playing, but fans looking to conjure up some nostalgia for the band's Ocean Avenue heyday will find what they're looking for on standout cuts like the catchy and propulsive 'Make Me So,' the big-hearted 'Transmission Home,' and rousing 'Deepest Well'."[12]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Ryan Key except where noted; all music composed by Key, Sean Mackin, Ryan Mendez, and Nate Young, except where noted.

No. Title Length
1. "Convocation" (Instrumental Introduction) 1:55
2. "Transmission Home" 4:18
3. "Crash the Gates" 3:20
4. "Make Me So" 3:11
5. "One Bedroom" 4:35
6. "Fragile and Dear" 4:04
7. "Illuminate" 4:06
8. "Madrid" 2:07
9. "The Deepest Well" (featuring Matty Mullins of Memphis May Fire) 3:57
10. "Lift a Sail" 3:55
11. "MSK" 3:46
12. "My Mountain" 3:59
13. "California" 4:11

Personnel[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2014) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[15] 21
UK Albums (OCC)[16] 75
UK Rock & Metal Albums (OCC)[17] 8
US Billboard 200[18] 26
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[19] 7
US Top Alternative Albums (Billboard)[20] 4

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Manley, Brendan (October 15, 2014). "Yellowcard - Lift A Sail - Reviews". Alternative Press. Retrieved December 5, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c SowingSeason (September 20, 2014). "Review: Yellowcard - Lift a Sail". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved December 5, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c UG Team (October 20, 2014). "Lift A Sail Review | Yellowcard | Compact Discs | Review". Ultimate Guitar Archive. Retrieved December 5, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b Yi, Catherine (October 2, 2014). "Album Review: Yellowcard – Lift A Sail". Idobi. Retrieved December 5, 2015. 
  5. ^ a b Pelling, Oliver (October 21, 2014). "Yellowcard - Lift a Sail". Rolling Stone Australia. Retrieved December 5, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-08-09. Retrieved 2014-08-08. 
  7. ^ http://www.soundinthesignals.com/2014/08/yellowcard-lift-sail-album-artworktrack.html
  8. ^ "AllAccess.com Alternative eWeekly". AllAccess. September 9, 2014. Retrieved July 3, 2016. 
  9. ^ http://www.absolutepunk.net/showthread.php?t=3705649
  10. ^ a b "Reviews of Lift a Sail by Yellowcard". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved February 27, 2015. 
  11. ^ Manning, Craig. "Yellowcard - Lift a Sail - Album Review". AbsolutePunk. Archived from the original on January 28, 2015. Retrieved December 5, 2015. 
  12. ^ a b Monger, James Christopher. "Lift a Sail – Yellowcard". AllMusic. Retrieved February 27, 2015. 
  13. ^ Angeles, Jana (November 3, 2014). "Album Review: Yellowcard - Lift a Sail (2014 LP)". The AU Review. Retrieved December 5, 2015. 
  14. ^ "【10/8発売】YELLOWCARD『Lift A Sail』【予約受付中】". BM.3 NET SHOP. Retrieved 8 September 2014. 
  15. ^ "Australiancharts.com – Yellowcard – Lift A Sail". Hung Medien. Retrieved October 18, 2014.
  16. ^ "Yellowcard | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart Retrieved October 18, 2014.
  17. ^ "2014 Top 40 Rock & Metal Albums Archive. 18th October 2014". Official Charts Company. October 18, 2014. Retrieved October 18, 2014. 
  18. ^ "Yellowcard – Chart history" Billboard 200 for Yellowcard. Retrieved October 18, 2014.
  19. ^ "Yellowcard – Chart history" Billboard Top Rock Albums for Yellowcard. Retrieved October 18, 2014.
  20. ^ "Yellowcard – Chart history" Billboard Top Alternative Albums for Yellowcard. Retrieved October 18, 2014.

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