Lift a Sail

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Lift a Sail
YellowcardLiftASail.jpg
Studio album by Yellowcard
Released October 7, 2014
Recorded May 2014
Genre
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. Parsons III, who left the band in March 2014.

Background[edit]

On March 13, 2014, it was announced that drummer Longineu W. Parsons III left Yellowcard to pursue "other musical interests".[6] On March 20, it was announced that the group had signed a multi-album deal with independent label Razor & Tie, and would be releasing a new album in the fall. Razor & Tie owners Cliff Chenfeld and Craig Balsam said that the band "rock the way we like it—with energy, hooks and attitude. They are total pros and we couldn't be more proud to work with them".[7] On March 25, it was announced that Nate Young of Anberlin would play drums for Yellowcard's next album.[8]

On May 16, guitarist Ryan Mendez posted that the group had finished recording.[9] 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.”[10] The band also stated that this album is "less of a pop punk sound, more of a rock sound."

Release[edit]

Between June and August, the group performed on Warped Tour.[11] On August 1, the group posted a teaser for their upcoming album.[12] Three days later, the album's title, Lift a Sail was revealed, and that it would be released in September.[13] Another teaser for the album was posted on August 14.[14] On September 9, "Make Me So" was made available for streaming.[15] On the same day, "One Bedroom" was released to radio.[16] On September 22, "Crash the Gates" was made available for streaming via Alternative Press.[17] Lift a Sail was made available for streaming via Pandora Radio on September 29.[18] On October 1, a music video was released for "One Bedroom". Alternative Press writer Matt Crane said the video "aligns the band with Invisible Children, who work to end the violent reign of Joseph Kony and his Lord’s Resistance Army in Africa".[19]

Lift a Sail was then released on October 7 through record label Razor & Tie.[19] In October and November, the band went on a co-headlining US tour with Memphis May Fire. They were supported by Emarosa.[13] For the tour, the group enlisted the help of drummer Tucker Rule, formerly of Thursday.[20] On October 30, a music video was released for "The Deepest Well". It was filmed during the group's tour with Memphis May Fire.[21] On May 26, 2015, a music video was released for "California".[22] In October and November, the group went on a co-headlining US tour with New Found Glory. They were supported by Tigers Jaw.[23]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic72/100[24]
Review scores
SourceRating
AbsolutePunk8.5/10[25]
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[26]
Alternative PressFavorable[1]
The AU Review10/10[27]
Idobi7/10[4]
Rolling Stone Australia2/5 stars[5]
Sputnikmusic4/5[2]
Ultimate Guitar Archive5.7/10[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".[24] 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'."[26]

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.TitleLength
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)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)[29] 21
UK Albums (OCC)[30] 75
UK Rock & Metal Albums (OCC)[31] 8
US Billboard 200[32] 26
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[33] 7
US Top Alternative Albums (Billboard)[34] 4

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Manley, Brendan (October 15, 2014). "Yellowcard - Lift A Sail - Reviews". Alternative Press. Archived from the original on December 8, 2015. 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. Archived from the original on December 16, 2017. Retrieved December 5, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b Yi, Catherine (October 2, 2014). "Album Review: Yellowcard – Lift A Sail". Idobi. Archived from the original on December 8, 2015. Retrieved December 5, 2015. 
  5. ^ a b Pelling, Oliver (October 21, 2014). "Yellowcard - Lift a Sail". Rolling Stone Australia. Archived from the original on December 8, 2015. Retrieved December 5, 2015. 
  6. ^ Horansky, TJ (March 13, 2014). "Drummer Longineu Parsons III leaves Yellowcard". Alternative Press. Alternative Press Magazine, Inc. Archived from the original on April 13, 2017. Retrieved December 16, 2017. 
  7. ^ Crane, Matt (March 20, 2014). "Yellowcard sign to Razor & Tie; to release new album in 2014". Alternative Press. Alternative Press Magazine, Inc. Archived from the original on July 2, 2017. Retrieved December 16, 2017. 
  8. ^ Horansky, TJ (March 25, 2014). "Yellowcard enlist Anberlin drummer Nate Young to record new album". Alternative Press. Alternative Press Magazine, Inc. Archived from the original on May 15, 2016. Retrieved December 16, 2017. 
  9. ^ Sharp, Tyler (May 16, 2014). "Yellowcard finish recording new album". Alternative Press. Alternative Press Magazine, Inc. Archived from the original on July 13, 2015. Retrieved December 16, 2017. 
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-08-09. Retrieved 2014-08-08. 
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  12. ^ Crane, Matt (August 1, 2014). "Yellowcard release teaser for new album". Alternative Press. Alternative Press Magazine, Inc. Archived from the original on August 6, 2014. Retrieved December 16, 2017. 
  13. ^ a b Crane, Matt (August 4, 2014). "Yellowcard announce new album title; fall tour with Memphis May Fire, Emarosa". Alternative Press. Alternative Press Magazine, Inc. Archived from the original on July 3, 2017. Retrieved December 16, 2017. 
  14. ^ Sharp, Tyler (August 14, 2014). "Yellowcard post 'Lift A Sail' video teaser". Alternative Press. Alternative Press Magazine, Inc. Archived from the original on August 16, 2014. Retrieved December 16, 2017. 
  15. ^ Crane, Matt (September 9, 2014). "Yellowcard stream new song, "Make Me So"". Alternative Press. Alternative Press Magazine, Inc. Archived from the original on March 5, 2015. Retrieved December 16, 2017. 
  16. ^ "AllAccess.com Alternative eWeekly". AllAccess. September 9, 2014. Archived from the original on August 21, 2016. Retrieved July 3, 2016. 
  17. ^ Manley, Brendan (September 22, 2014). "Yellowcard - "Crash The Gates" song premiere and interview". Alternative Press. Alternative Press Magazine, Inc. Archived from the original on December 16, 2017. Retrieved December 16, 2017. 
  18. ^ Sharp, Tyler (September 29, 2014). "Listen to Yellowcard's new album, 'Lift A Sail'". Alternative Press. Alternative Press Magazine, Inc. Archived from the original on October 9, 2014. Retrieved December 16, 2017. 
  19. ^ a b Crane, Matt (October 1, 2014). "Yellowcard release "One Bedroom" music video". Alternative Press. Alternative Press Magazine, Inc. Archived from the original on October 4, 2014. Retrieved December 16, 2017. 
  20. ^ Crane, Matt (August 29, 2014). "Ex-Thursday drummer joins Yellowcard on tour". Alternative Press. Alternative Press Magazine, Inc. Archived from the original on December 7, 2017. Retrieved December 16, 2017. 
  21. ^ Crane, Matt (October 30, 2014). "Yellowcard, "The Deepest Well" (ft. Matty Mullins) video premiere". Alternative Press. Alternative Press Magazine, Inc. Archived from the original on December 16, 2017. Retrieved December 16, 2017. 
  22. ^ Sharp, Tyler (May 26, 2015). "Yellowcard share music video for delicate "California" single". Alternative Press. Alternative Press Magazine, Inc. Archived from the original on December 16, 2017. Retrieved December 16, 2017. 
  23. ^ Crane, Matt (May 26, 2015). "New Found Glory, Yellowcard announce co-headlining tour". Alternative Press. Alternative Press Magazine, Inc. Archived from the original on June 13, 2017. Retrieved December 16, 2017. 
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  30. ^ "Yellowcard | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved October 18, 2014.
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