The Wonder Years
The Greatest Generation


4.5
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Review

by Jacob Snow USER (2 Reviews)
May 15th, 2013 | 37 replies | 1,872 views


Release Date: 05/14/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Another great release for The Wonder Years that excels lyrically and musically.

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

The Wonder Years have been around since 2007 and I only found them a few months ago. With me being 17, it only seemed obvious that the music of the band would have appealed to me. I looked more into the band and saw that they had started off as somewhat of a joke to pop punk with "Get Stoked on it!" But I noticed that as I continued to listen, the band matured with each release.

6 years and 3 albums later, the band has release their 4th and most mature record to date. The album runs 13 tracks (including a 7:35 closer) and contains strong lyrics and vocals, as well as top performances from the rest of the band. Opening up with "There, There" the record starts off with a kicking opener with Dan singing "I'm sorry I don't laugh at the right times." Which stands among the moments of the album that gave me chills. The other moment where this occurs is in the track "The Devil In My Bloodstream." The first half the song contains piano and is very heartfelt as Soupy sings, and then halfway through doors are knocked down as Dan screams "I bet I'd be a ****ing Coward!" and the song picks up steam.

Memorable lyrics are all over TGG, taking references of world war 2 to help symbolize and establish metaphors about growing up and out of the teen years. The lyrics hit deep, and one of the my favorite lines comes from "Passing Through a Screen Door," where a conflicted Dan yells "I'm 26, all the people I graduated with, all have kids, all have wives, all have people that care if they come home at night." The lines of the album all have this theme to it, of becoming too old to stay a kid, and seeing everyone you know move on with life. The members of the band are conflicted on what to do with their lives.

The only song I found myself not liking was "Madelyn," and that's solely due to me not liking the recording style of it. Soupy sings along with a guitar to start off the song, and while the song itself is good, I didn't find the sound of the recording appealing. It sounded like they used one mic for the guitar and vocals, and while that's interesting, I felt like Dan was being held back in what he could have done vocally.

The album closes in a way that I only wish happened more often. The final track, "I Just Wanna Sell out my funeral," is a 7 minute song that brings things to a nice close. Halfway through the track, the band allures back to the hooks and lines of the other songs of the record, meshing together everything that made the album what it is. The lines, when put all together at once, is one of the best moments I've ever heard in music; some listeners have stated they had shed tears, and I have to admit I came close at points. More albums need to end with closers like these, ones that encompass the entirety of the album.

This record is a gem in the genre of pop punk, simply put. This album stands out as a great entry into The Wonder Years' Discography as well. In the album's booklet, there's a writing at the end that discusses who the greatest generation was, but takes note of something interesting. The band asks the reader, "Why not us?" suggesting that we work harder as a generation to become more memorable than what society considers "The Greatest Generation," and have us replace them as the best. It's all very inspiring, and leaves you with a sense of hope. Take that as you may, but I see it as a great piece of advice alongside a great album.


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    Mike Denison (4.5)
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    Frasc5 (4.5)
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  • Aaron Arneson CONTRIBUTOR (5)
    The greatest generation indeed....

    Point1 (4.5)
    Ten years out of high school, the world's changed but the music's stayed the same....


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Mutantsnowstorm
May 14th 2013



72 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

First review, that being said, it may need work. I appreciate the feedback
Originally posted: http://thesnowbearblog.wordpress.com/2013/05/14/review-the-greatest-generation-by-the-wonder-years/


Scoot
May 14th 2013



17479 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

why does this have so many 5s

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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
May 14th 2013



48524 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

cuz they haven't heard The Lawrence Arms probably

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Scoot
May 14th 2013



17479 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

fackin goofs

Tempertemperature
May 14th 2013



154 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"The final track is "I Just Wanna Sell Out my Funeral" and considering the song is over 7 minutes long (very long for pop punk,) and is a great track, is amazing"

what is this grammatical abortion you try to pass off as a sentence?

SonofSnow
May 14th 2013



647 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Dig Lawrence Arms doe, what now?

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
May 14th 2013



48524 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

13 songs of 4/4 major key power and octave chords set to really whiny vocals just does nothing for me

Scoot
May 14th 2013



17479 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this isn't bad but larry arms is so much better at everything

Scoot
May 14th 2013



17479 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i'd fuck that band if i could

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
May 14th 2013



48524 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Honestly I don't get what people see in these bands, I can get everything and more from midwestern emo and such

I would write a staff blog about it if I was staff

Scoot
May 14th 2013



17479 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

there's a lot of losers who do nothing with their lives after high school that identify idk

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
May 14th 2013



48524 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Operator take me home, blah blah blah I want to die in the suburbs

Holy fuck this is like the opposite of emo my god I'm so glad I didn't grow up upper middle class, emo lower middle class lyrics 4 life

ILJ
May 14th 2013



6540 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

yeah this isn't very great at all. it's okay but that's about it.

FromDaHood
Contributing Reviewer
May 14th 2013



8950 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Upper Middle Class kid reporting in; so easy to identify with these lyrics.

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OrangeAdventure
May 15th 2013



2 Comments


I love midwestern emo and skramz, despite that i still absolutely love this album in addition to the current pop punk scene going on right now. What do i win?

hogan900
Contributing Reviewer
May 15th 2013



1333 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Thank you for mentioning The devil in my bloodstream! Feel that song is so underrated over the rest of the album!

Mutantsnowstorm
May 15th 2013



72 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks, and the review has its errors I understand, I just found it hard to explain how the closer is an impressive song for being how long it is

Mutantsnowstorm
May 15th 2013



72 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

And Tempertemperature: fixed the sentence, I had a feeling that sentence was gonna get shot at

ti0n
May 15th 2013



1157 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

the lawrence arms isnt that great either. i think this band does the pop punk shit much better than TLA. i actually enjoy TLA more when they are only doing raw punk like their newest. The pop punk songs on TGSET were pretty meh. this is actually really fun and already better than the new "The Story so far" album

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SabertoothMonocle
May 15th 2013



492 Comments


a truly awesome opener on this thing.



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