The Wonder Years
Suburbia I've Given You All and Now I'm


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by perry7united USER (3 Reviews)
April 21st, 2012 | 23 replies | 3,071 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The Wonder Years come out swinging

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

The Wonder Years have seemingly achieved the impossible with their latest release, by comfortably surpassing the heady expectations set by the standard and success of their sophomore album ‘The Upsides’. The album title is a bit of a mouthful but ‘Suburbia I’ve Given You All and Now I’m Nothing’ is a partial extract from Allen Ginsberg’s 1956 poem, ‘America’, references from which represent a continuing theme throughout the album. Starting with the glorious opening track ‘Came Out Swinging’, a 0:30 second introduction begins with a nondescript jangling guitar riff overriding the feedback from the amp, a recording of a line from Ginsberg’s poem ‘My mind is made up, there’s going to be trouble’ preludes a drum fill, building to Dan ‘Soupy’ Campbell powerfully introducing the album as he belts out the first verse. It’s a phenomenal way to get things rolling. The track concludes by slowing down as Soupy sings ‘I came out swinging from a South Philly basement, caked in stale beer and sweat, under half-lit fluorescents and I, spent the winter writing songs about getting better, and if I’m being honest, I’m getting there’, this is repeated twice more, somewhat more abrasively, as the track closes out.

The album’s tone is further imparted with the following two tracks, ‘Woke Up Older’ and ‘Local Man Ruins Everything’, both of which are catchy as hell and boast impressive choruses, meanwhile, an interesting feature which becomes apparent whilst listening to the album is the frequent references to songs and lyrics from ‘The Upsides’, which, in addition to being a nice touch for fans of their previous release, represents a comforting theme of continuity, backing up their honest and sincere lyrics as a musical documentation of their lives, rather than just miscellaneous songs.

This is followed by ‘Suburbia’, the first of three tracks spread throughout the album which link to its title and serve as interludes. ‘Suburbia’ is just 0:52 seconds long but builds effectively into the fast-paced crowd-pleaser ‘My Life As A Pigeon’. ‘Summers in PA’ is a charming ode to the bands home town in Philadelphia, and boasts the best chorus on the album as Soupy belts ‘There’s something about weeknights in the suburbs, there’s something about me and all my friends, kings of awkward situations, the plum blossoms are falling, I’m more than happy going down with them’.

Lyrically, there isn’t a band out there who so effortlessly encapsulate what it feels like to be a young adult, trying to make your way in the world. Soupy’s introspective writing style, instead of isolating you, draws you in, such heartfelt honesty is almost impossible to achieve in music these days without appearing hammy or contrived, and at no point here is that the case. Soupy seems to have a natural ability to make you care about his life, it’s a strange feeling, and no mean feat.

The next brief title-related interlude is the albums only acoustic track, ‘I’ve Given You All’ is a sorrowful tale about local homeless folk, it’s almost hauntingly beautiful and the poignancy of the lyrics/singing will surely give many goosebumps. The following track ‘Don’t Let Me Cave In’ is striking in its contrast, an uproarious emotional plea with lyrics like ‘I couldn’t help thinking of watching the Sears Tower collapse as a kid, I feel like I might do the same thing’ and a chorus just asking to be sung-along to.

Two solid tracks follow before the album closes out with its greatest song, ‘And Now I’m Nothing’ is a beautifully melodic mini-masterpiece, every glorious second of it emanates a sense of inconceivable majesty, the lyrics ‘Suburbia stop pushing, I know what I’m doing’ are repeated with greater significance each time. The final line before the suitably grandstand 1-minute-and-44-second outro is ‘I’m putting my shoulder to the wheel’, and thus, the album ends as it begun, with a excerpt from Ginsberg’s ‘America’, but you feel somehow different to how you did when the album begun, almost like, no matter what happens, it’ll be okay, it’s a faint feeling which grows stronger through each listen, and one that marks this release out as an instant classic.


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auberginedreams
April 21st 2012



6028 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

not very good.

auberginedreams
April 21st 2012



6028 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

the album i mean.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
April 21st 2012



50088 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah

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lucasjcockcroft
April 21st 2012



3703 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

good review, fucking amazing album.

auberginedreams
April 21st 2012



6028 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

but dude you have the word cock in your name.

lucasjcockcroft
April 21st 2012



3703 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

but dude, i didnt know that, my whole life i completely missed that the word cock was in my name. FUCK what am i gonna do.

iFghtffyrdmns
April 21st 2012



7047 Comments


still havent listened to these guys

god im such a rebel

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
April 21st 2012



50088 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

rebel without a cause


cvlts
April 21st 2012



8954 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

like these guys a little more after seeing them live. still nothing special tho

lucazade22
April 21st 2012



531 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

love the album. One of the best in the genre

KSK1
April 21st 2012



4081 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Good review. I disagree with 90% of it though.

ThunderNeutral21
April 21st 2012



3864 Comments


album sucks

pmmets07
April 21st 2012



5865 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hey is your name perry

me too

perry7united
April 21st 2012



10 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah my name's Perry, thanks for the feedback.

MalleusMaleficarum
April 21st 2012



14287 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

MOST OVERRATED ALBUM ON THE SITE LOL

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pmmets07
April 21st 2012



5865 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

good review btw. i try to stay away from a track by track/chronological format and talk more about the overall content of the album. but this is pretty well-written nonetheless

KSK1
April 21st 2012



4081 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

"MOST OVERRATED ALBUM ON THE SITE LOL"

No theres a good 20 albums that are more overrated than this.

botb
April 21st 2012



9648 Comments


band is so so overrated

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
April 21st 2012



50088 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

colors is the most overrated, and brand new

MalleusMaleficarum
April 21st 2012



14287 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

botb

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