The Wonder Years – The Greatest Generation


Album

The Greatest Generation

Label

Hopeless Records

Year

2013

Genre

For Fans Of

The Story So Far - Man Overboard

Summary

Seasoned pop punkers fourth album

Rating

80 / 100

The Wonder Years are a band that need no introduction to anyone with any knowledge of modern pop punk. The band have been winning over the hearts of pop punk kids the world over since 2007, and that doesn’t seem to be stopping anytime soon.

The Greatest Generation‘ opens with ‘There, There,’ a slower, more contemplative track that eases into things. It’s certainly not an indication of the style on the rest of this album, which is made apparent as soon as you hit track two – lead single, ‘Passing Through A Screen Door.’ This track is everything that fans of the band love and more, and is bound to be a long time staple in the band’s live setlists.

This album is full of the catchy hooks the group are known and loved for. After just a couple of listens to this record, you’ll no doubt find yourself singing along to lyrics like "I haven’t felt a heartbreak until now!," or "I came here looking for a fight!," and loving it.

There’s also a fair bit of diversity here, and we get to see the band playing around with some different styles, and expressing themselves in different ways. We get what we expect from The Wonder Years in songs like ‘Dismantling Summer‘, and ‘The Bastards, The Vultures, The Wolves,’ but then we hit with a piano-driven track like ‘The Devil In My Bloodstream,’ (featuring guest vocals from Laura Stevenson) or a song that solely features vocalist Dan ‘Soupy’ Campbell singing along to an acoustic guitar like ‘Madelyn.’

Conclusion

‘The Greatest Generation’ is a very strong record, and something that The Wonder Years should be proud of presenting. It brings to the table everything we have come to love about the band and more, with many songs that are bound to become long time favorites for any fan of the group.

Tracklisting

1. There, There
2. Passing Through a Screen Door
3. We Could Die Like This
4. Dismantling Summer
5. The Bastards, The Vultures, The Wolves
6. The Devil in My Bloodstream
7. Teenage Parents
8. Chaser
9. An American Religion (FSF)
10. A Raindance In Traffic
11. Madelyn
12. Cul-de-sacs
13. I Just Want To Sell Out My Funeral

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