The Wonder Years
Suburbia: I've Given You All and Now I'm Nothing


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by TimTheMechanic USER (1 Reviews)
June 19th, 2011 | 1677 replies | 74,286 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Suburbia, stop pushing. I know what I'm doing.

6 of 11 thought this review was well written

The Wonder Years have released their newest full length, Suburbia I've Given You All And Now I'm Nothing. This album is absolutely fantastic from start to finish, although there is a song or two that aren't as good as the rest in my opinion. The opening song Came Out Swinging sets the mood as Soupy belts "Moved all my *** to my parents basement, and out of our old apartment, and I know things change, but I'm not sure when" and so begins Suburbia. Came Out Swinging is an amazing opener, probably one of the best I've heard. The next two songs, Woke Up Older and Local Man Ruins Everything, keep the pace going with fast guitars and incredible drumming by Mike Kennedy. The Wonder Years have some of the best and most honest lyrics, and these two tracks prove it. Also, fans of The Upsides will notice that references to that album begin to pop up. I wont write them here, because its better to find them yourself. But they're really nice homages to their previous album

I feel I should've mentioned the fact that this album is a concept album, inspired by Ginsberg's own America. The three songs Suburbia, I've Given You All, and And Now I'm Nothing, serve as "settings" while the rest of the album functions as a timeline for the band and when the songs were written. Suburbia is the first of these to show up, as Soupy sings about his small suburbia town and the events that happened there.

The album takes a semi-breather with I Won't Recite The Lords Prayer. I can understand what Soupy is trying to say in this song. Getting bullied or scared into believing is never a good thing, nor is being ignorant and blindly believing either. I like this song, its pretty catchy and has a good message to boot. After this, Coffee Eyes kicks in. This bass and drum driven track was one of the initial three tracks to be released before the album came out ( The others being Local Man and Don't Let Me Cave In). As Soupy and the boys belt " There's always been a table for me there" I can't help but sing along. My favorite song on the album, Don't Let Me Cave In, begins with "You drove me all the way up here, cause you could tell that I was a mess, I wasn't gonna make it to dinner, I shouldn't be calling again, you drove me all the way back" then the whole band kicks it into overdrive.

As the album starts to wind down, were treated to a lightning fast homage to a friend that passed away in the form of You Made Me Want To Be A Saint. This is probably my least favorite song on the album, but its still a good song and a good tribute to a dear friend. Hoodie Weather is a great song as well, with a great beat and fantastic lyrics. The closer for the album, And Now I'm Nothing, brings everything full circle as it references the previous songs before it, and gives a real good sense of closure. As Soupy sings "I'll put my life back together in silence while writing songs on Molly's guitar, and Suburbia stop pushing, I know what I'm doing". The song comes to a close with " I know we've got miles to go but, I'm putting my shoulder to the wheel".

And that's Suburbia I've Given You All And Now I'm Nothing. A great album from start to finish that I would absolutely recommend to anybody.


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Leatherneck
June 19th 2011



660 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

hmm i was waiting for someone to post a review, i really think the whole intro is a bit unnecessary and from there it's pretty much a reworked version of the review on absolutepunk.

Lucid
Contributing Reviewer
June 19th 2011



6956 Comments


How have you been waiting forever for this album when their last one came out just last year? Come on now.

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TimTheMechanic
June 19th 2011



4 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yea its pretty rough, but its my first and hopefully not my last. I know The Upsides came out last year, but I've been looking forward to this album since last December haha. Just seemed like forever to me.

TimTheMechanic
June 20th 2011



4 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I appreciate the critiques, and I apologize for it being so poor. I'm no professional, just a new user sharing his opinions on an album he enjoys. I'll delete it, or one of you moderators can. I'll keep reading up and hopefully write a much better review in the future.

AtavanHalen
June 20th 2011



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, this needs a lot of work.

The album is just fantastic, though.

accompliceofmydeath
June 20th 2011



4083 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Finally, a review for this. I didn't read it, but it sounds like people aren't liking it (the review that is).

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SHAKEandBAKE
June 20th 2011



1286 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is pretty good, but I still prefer the Upsides.

Spec
June 20th 2011



26833 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

No waaaaaaaay

F0RBES
June 21st 2011



225 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

I've already said this, but as far as pop-punk goes, I have a feeling in 10 years this will mean what Dude Ranch means to me now, that is if I still listen to pop-punk at 27.

ThePrisonGuard
June 21st 2011



233 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The amount of ass-kicking this album does is second to none. Love TWY.

Blackbelt54
June 21st 2011



4266 Comments


I've never really been into these guys, but I'll probably give this a listen with an open mind

HaydenDyson
June 22nd 2011



1019 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

where the fuck can i download this. link plz

TimTheMechanic
June 22nd 2011



4 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Buy it. Its worth every penny. Amazon and Itunes even have some special deals and a bonus track. These guys deserve the money.

BigHans
June 23rd 2011



26455 Comments


not the biggest pop punk fan unless its anthemic as fuck, and the handful of vids I youTubed from this fit the bill.

HaydenDyson
June 23rd 2011



1019 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Listened to this once and it was amazing track 1 and the track with a blast beat are the best.... because it has a blast beat

someguest
June 23rd 2011



18853 Comments


i bought this today

it sounds like millencolin

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DiceMan
June 23rd 2011



7068 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

How does this have such a high rating when it's as formulaic as it is?

someguest
June 23rd 2011



18853 Comments


the transitions and intricacies maybe

DiceMan
June 23rd 2011



7068 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Or just the basic song structure... cause if you get really quiet at the end then get REALLY LOUD it makes it that much more intense so why not just do it on every song

A single useage of dynamics makes the songs sooo good

someguest
June 24th 2011



18853 Comments


This is probably a 3.5 for me, but I've never been a fan of pop-punk.



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