On the face of it Lift A Sail can appear an amalgamation of releases from Paper Walls onwards; sure there are hints of earlier styles, but they’re not the foundation of this record. That being said, it’s an entirely new type of Yellowcard album; experiments are undertaken and different ideas tried; through this, it manages to scale new peaks. Whilst the Yellowcard savant may feel slightly overwhelmed, there’s nothing to fear only musical progression to be admired.
This first hits home on the darker than usual, Crash The Gates. It appears more industrial, furthered in how the live drums combine with those that are programmed; then there’s the atmosphere created from the tranquil piano notes. Crash The Gates is both brimming with power as it is beauty.