The High Strung - Get the Guests (Cover Artwork)

The High Strung

The High Strung: Get the GuestsGet the Guests (2007)
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Contributed by: JesseJesse
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Cruisin' some blogs, I saw a post about this band who was mad about not getting Pitchfork to review their album. They had a MySpace tirade about how dumb and stupid and stuck-up the 'fork are. Well shit dudes, we've all known this for years. That's why we don't read the 'fork no more. So I volunteer.
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Cruisin' some blogs, I saw a post about this band who was mad about not getting Pitchfork to review their album. They had a MySpace tirade about how dumb and stupid and stuck-up the 'fork are. Well shit dudes, we've all known this for years. That's why we don't read the 'fork no more. So I volunteered to review the album. And then they sent it to me. Boy, was that a dumb move on their part!

Out the door, we get "What a Meddler!" and a whole lot of Ted Leo worship. Poppy, upbeat acoustic guitars mixing with electrics and a warbling high voice with rhythmic bass lines and loose drums. Throw in some mariachi trumpets, and I might have just gotten a pretty good free CD. And then the car drove off the cliff. [Or maybe it was a van, and it went into "Drive" over said cliff, lolz. - Ed.]

Badly chosen melody lines for the range of the vocalist means a whole lot of warbling that is not necessarily on pitch. Repetitive choruses mean I got tired of each song really fast. And then I know why Pitchfork didn't review the album. A mugful of bland throwback vintage power-pop doesn't lend you a lot to write about. I could mention that "He's Got No Soul" starts out with some sweet bass parts and "The Baddest Ship" has some almost promising piano lines. But too much tambourine and squawky Thom Yorke-inspired yowling kills the mood pretty quickly.

I want to say that songs like "Arrow" and "There Was No One Before You, There Was No One Before Me" do the band better justice, but the almost-country stylings of the former and the regurgitation of the Shins on the latter just sort of blah me out. "Gravedigger" proves that the band can be just as mediocre when playing keyed-down acoustic tracks. And nothing really grabs you and tells you that this album would be worth listening to again. Imagine the Weakerthans without their endearing sense of emotion. Or the Rolling Stones without their rowdiness. So I guess, just remember what the Rolling Stones sounded like in the `80s.


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Scruffy (July 20, 2007)

"Paper Walls, is capitalized because it's a proper pronoun."

Ahem. Proper NOUN. The proper pronoun for the CD would be "it", or possibly "he" or "she" if you chose to anthropomorphize "it".

Anonymous (July 17, 2007)

Hey RKL,
I most certainly was not able to post for a little over a day, when I tried to submit a comment, it went to a screen that said I was not able to comment due to spamming or trolling. So, don't open your mouth if you don't know what you are talking about.
2nd, I am the only one posting things about Yellowcard. There have been two or three other posts in which have tried to copy me, but it's been obvious it's not me. Paper Walls, is capitalized because it's a proper pronoun.

rkl (July 17, 2007)

Okay, since I already got banned once and was trying to be nice

hi anonymous, you dont get banned from here... your comments can be placed below a certain threshhold so some user accounts wont see them, but thats it.

also, this yellowcard shit is more than just "fans of the band," you can tell b/c THEY ALL USE THE SAME EXACT PHRASING, and "paper walls" is always capitalized as far as first letters go.

Anonymous (July 16, 2007)

They need to hire "professional forum posters" if they want make their viral marketing believable. fuck the current shit

Anonymous (July 15, 2007)

Look, if any of you know ANYTHING about absolutepunk.net, you'll know that Jason Tate was very dissapointed in Yellowcard when Ben Harper left the band, search the site, you'll find MANY statements made by JASON TATE that painted Yellowcard is a REALLY REALLY bad light. He was actually real smug when Lights and Sound didn't sell as well. So, all of a sudden, Yellowcard's 3rd CD is coming out and on THIS site (not absolutepunk.net) there is a shit storm of posts making Yellowcard look dumb or at least rude, one person already said it was brought on by Jason Tate, although absolutepunk.net ON THE SURFACE supports Yellowcard, I KNOW FOR A FACT that Jason Tate is behind this Yellowcard spam.

Anonymous (July 15, 2007)

Okay, since I already got banned once and was trying to be nice, now I guess I'll follow your lead and "act" (I cant never truly be like you).......

Okay, you FUCKTARD, open your fucking ears, wipe the horse cum of your mouth/eyes, take both your fingers out of your dad's ass and then read what the singer (the faggot one that you all hate that has gotten more pussy and cash then any of your beating off sausage party self will get) said when talking about THEIR releases:


Ryan Keys We‚??d been through the whole thing with Alex and Pete and the stress of becoming larger than life than maybe we were ready to become larger than life, and all those things were factored into writing Lights and Sounds. I think that now we have Paper Walls, which is really the story of finding yourself after all of that. So you can‚??t expect Lights and Sounds to be the forward-thinking, find-your-place-in-the-world record that Ocean Avenue was, because it wasn‚??t. There were no pretenses from us that it was going to be like that.


As you can see, the band considers themselves to have 3 MAJOR LABEL RELEASES and refers to Paper Walls, out July 17th, as their 3rd releases. If they do so, then so will I. Don't try to quiz me on Yellowcard because you will not look good (any which way). Also, sorry for the above swear words, I was trying to prove a point about how childish it is, I hope you got my point?

Anonymous (July 14, 2007)

"But the band is back with their third release, Paper Walls"

You fucking goon. If you're gonna try to hijack a review, you should at least know some shit about the band you're pimping. That would be their sixth release.

Anonymous (July 14, 2007)

Wow, I couldn't have said it better myself, nice to see another Yellowcard fan is speakign their mind! You even took some of my quotes and changed them around! Careful I got banned for a day for making Yellowcard points in threads, I wouldn't want the same thing to happen to you! Are you on IM? Please post your name so we can talk!

Anonymous (July 14, 2007)

My friend I think you are mistaken about Yellowcard. The band speaks to their fans straight from their hearts. There is no "bullshit" at all when it comes to Yellowcard. I would call there lack of success on their second release bullshit, while thier true fans were enjoying every second of the release the corporate media turning their back on Yellowcard and the band went through some rough times. But the band is back with their third release, Paper Walls, which is currently up on their myspace for everyones listening pleasure. Yellowcard and Yellowcard fever is coming to a town near you in the near future.

nate_derby (July 14, 2007)

Yeah, seriously...what is this Yellowcard bullshit?

Scruffy (July 13, 2007)

This band is pretty cool, but that art is way too close to Reconstruction Site (yet with a serious lack of bears) for my comfort.

Anonymous (July 13, 2007)

Glad to see you got Yellowcard on the mind friend! Lucky for you, thier new single is getting some airplay on radio stations and has been released online and to the major players on TV, so you'll have a chance to make up your own mind about the songs. If you ask me, one listen and you'll get Yellowcard FEVER and the only thing that can make that FEVER is go away is MORE YELLOWCARD. ;)

Anonymous (July 13, 2007)

Clearly someone at YellowCards record label is being paid to use this site to pimp their new album....you think they could work it in more casually....it is kind of pathetic and makes me hate a band I have never heard and probably wouldn't like anyways.

Anonymous (July 13, 2007)

Not all bands get great reviews, the important thing is to keep your chin up and do some soul searching. The Florida pop-rockers Yellowcard did the same and now they are ont he verge of "reinventing" themselves as the Buzz band of the summer of 2007. New release Paper Walls hitting the streets soon!

ChokingVictim (July 13, 2007)

listened to the stuff on their myspace. music is good, vocals are too high pitched

better than the review paints it out to be, though

Anonymous (July 13, 2007)

i bet they feel betrayed.

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