Filling the void that Yellowcard's breakup has left in the pop punk scene has not been an easy task, but luckily for us, former front man William Ryan Key continues to expand his songwriting expertise with his second EP, "Virtue". It's no surprise that after years of harnessing his skills with each incredible Yellowcard release, Key continues to impress with this latest batch of (mostly) acoustic songs. "The Bowery", "Downtown (Up North)", and the title track "Virtue" are true gems and rank amongst the songwriter's finest to date, and each have melodies that embody the sound that Key perfected across his span of work over the years. "No More No Less" bring a perfect close to the EP, and leaves us with the hardest track that Key has penned since leaving the pop punk world behind.
That's not to say that the electric sound of Key's former glory isn't still missed at all here ; I couldn't help but think that "Mortar And Stone" (as good of a song as it is) would benefit greatly from a more upbeat/Yellowcard-esque arrangement in a higher key. But regardless, this is a fantastic EP and yet another promising showcase of an extremely talented and diverse songwriter. The sky is the limit and it will be very exciting to see where Key's solo career goes from here.