Advice is the sophomore release from the Portland, Oregon based pop-rock trio Yoyodyne. The band has played live in the Northwest since 2006 and boasts a self-titled release; their newest album demonstrates a sound that has matured greatly over the last 3 years. The addition of horns, electric and toy piano and cello meld seamlessly into the already solid guitar riffs, smooth bass lines and eclectic drums. Although the music has the same pop sensibility that captured hearts and ears with their first release, many of the lyrics on Advice are darker, sharply subtle and more solemn, reflecting on failing relationships and damaged self-confidence ("When You're Stupid", "Sidekick"). Gleaming pop gems like "The Tallest Man in the World", "Over and Over", and "Estrogen Pants" make you want to kick up your heels and dance the night away. "Bad Idea" is bluesy, while "Raphael" features horns reminiscent of an Ennio Morricone soundtrack. Emily Vidal's sincere alto vocals conjure distant memories of Rebecca Gates (Spinanes), while her warm bass lines wrap themselves around you tightly. Johnny Keener's voice ranges from soft crooning to solid rock strength and his guitar has a voice all her own. Jason Greene's drumming can charge you up, tease you playfully, and even evoke quiet evenings by the water. Guest artists include Ted Laderas (Oo-ray, Miniwave), Adam Hill (insert band name here if any) and Brendan McCracken (insert band name here if any). Yoyodyne will definitely strike chords with fans of Yo La Tengo and Small Factory. Advice offers listeners a sunlit, brightly colored soundtrack for any background.