New-Transcendence Review of “Thirteen”

William Ryan Key is an American rock musician. He is best known as the former lead singer, songwriter, and rhythm guitarist of the former pop punk musical group Yellowcard. You love Ryan Key of Yellowcard right? Well this isn’t Yellowcard. This album, “Thirteen” is a more soulful approach to be appreciated. William Ryan Key has taken it down a few notches to show that he can utilize some acoustics and present a wholesome and personal delivery. William Ryan Key has created a work of art all his own. Don’t get me wrong, we’ve heard this side of Key’s before, it’s just been in tiny portions.

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Obsessxns Review of WRK’s EP, Thirteen

After the bittersweet breakup of Yellowcard after 17 years of rejoicing to their nostalgic and peachy yet gloomy anthems, singer William Ryan Key went back to doing what he does best: writing anthemic, poppy hits for the world to enjoy.

I ended up supporting Key’s crowd-funding project for Lone Tree Recordings which was independently released through that label. The first track, “Old Friends,” almost feels like a continuation of where Yellowcard left off with their self-titled release. Its slower, mellow sound feels very much like “Fields & Fences,” which I thought was nearly southern folk-rock at its peak.

Much of the other tracks feel like a diary from Key. While “Vultures” may be an instant pop hit, “Form and Figure” is honest, vulnerable, and sensational. “Thirty Days” blends in with “Old Friends,” the first track on the record. My personal favorite is “Great Unknown,” which, if I didn’t know better, I would’ve thought was a Yellowcard outtake.

A lot of Yellowcard fans listening to this will either be wildly impressed or mildly disappointed. Obviously these tracks are acoustic, so if you’re looking for something that sounds exactly like Yellowcard, you might want to stray away and keep making those “new Fall Out Boy sucks” jokes. Thirteen is a magnificent transition into a new chapter in William Ryan Key’s career. It might not be the most satisfying album, but it works. If it is in your taste, it could be your new favorite record.

Rating: 7.5/10

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Ryan Key’s Brand New EP, Thirteen, Coming Out May 25th!

The day has finally arrived and if you haven’t already heard the news – Ryan Key’s new EP, Thirteen, will officially be released May 25th. Down below you can see the two different preorders you can grab along with some personal words from Ryan regarding the EP:

Hey everyone! I am so happy to announce the release of my first EP, ‘Thirteen’! Being the first music I have written on my own, this is a really exciting time. It took me a while to find the direction and sound I was looking for, but once I did, the music felt like coming home. The EP will be available May 25th, but you can pre order a signed copy now ( I hope everyone enjoys these new songs as much as I enjoyed writing an recording them. I am looking forward to seeing you all out on the road this year! Thank you as always for your incredible support.


Yellowcard Source Turns 4 Years Old!

Today marks 4 years since Yellowcard Source was officially created! I can’t believe it’s already been 4 years and during that time a whole lot has happened, especially with Yellowcard.

We’ve said this before and we’ll say it again, we will always support the band no matter what and we will continue to update you guys with all info possible regarding any individual projects the guys might venture into, as long as they’re active – we will be too. Thank you so much to all the underdogs out there who help keep this site alive, the amazing team who helps on our twitter, and most importantly a huge thank you to Ryan Key, Sean Mackin, Josh Portman, and Ryan Mendez, without you guys this site would be nothing. We love you guys, thanks for sticking with us, here’s to four more years of YCS and then some.

– Alyssa xoxo