The Wonder Years
The Greatest Generation


4.5
superb

Review

by Frasc5 USER (5 Reviews)
May 21st, 2013 | 22 replies


Release Date: 05/14/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The Wonder Years puts forth their best performance, noticeably more mature, and much improved from their previous releases

The Wonder Years has always been a great band, but with The Greatest Generation they've solidified their place as the predominant force in all of modern pop-punk.

This album doesn't offer anything drastically different than past releases, rather it showcases pure mastery of a sound The Wonder Years have spent four albums cultivating. The instrumentation is just as hectic and fun as ever, Soupy's vocals have noticeably improved, and the song writing on this album is the absolute best you've ever heard from the Wonder Years.

First and foremost, though there's nothing glaringly new to be heard, subtle changes to the song writing and withing the group help to make this release the best yet. Soupy's vocals are better than ever, they're cleaner, stronger, clearer, and feature increased vocal range, all the while conveying just as much passion as he ever has. This is the strongest he's ever been, and really helps the album shine. Additionally, the song composition on this album has also noticeably improved, featuring a variety of techniques that breath new life into the Wonder Years. Songs such as "The Devil in my Bloodstream" feature this improved song writing, beginning with a slow, melodic piano introduction, before transitioning to standard pop-punk song composition. However subtle changes such as this give each song a refreshing quality, and very rarely will you come across a pop-punk band that is as adept as the Wonder Years at writing new yet familiar music. The final change most readily apparent is the increased frequency of backing vocals from guitarist Matt Brasch and bassist Josh Martin. Though these backing vocals have always been used, they're much stronger, and much more integral to the song writing of this album, often featuring dual vocal lines with Soupy that adds further variety to The Wonder Years' sound.

The lyrics on this album are just as powerful as ever, dealing with familiar concepts such as maturation, death of loved ones, love, and life in general. If anything, the lyrics on this album outdo any that Soupy has penned before, and sets a new standard for conveying emotion through music. The lyrics are supported by tight, hectic, riff happy instrumentation that gives the album a fast paced tempo and general upbeat feeling. This instrumentation is one of the things that keeps the album so invigorating, starting with the energy high and never letting up.

I don't like to review song by song in an album review, but "I Just Want to Sell Out my Funeral" is one of the best The Wonder Years has ever written, taking themes addressed throughout the album and focusing all of them into one, bombastic song with numerous Wonder Years references. For any fan, this song not only serves as an amazing album closer, but a summary of sorts of all their records. It's an ingenious way to end the album, and definitely one of the best songs they've written.

The Greatest Generation is...well, the greatest album yet produced by The Wonder Years, featuring numerous improvements while staying true to the traditional Wonder Years' sound. If you enjoy pop-punk at all you need this album, not only is it phenomenal, it sets new standards for what can be achieved in pop-punk.


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    brandontaylor (4)
    It's a testament to The Wonder Years' abilities that The Greatest Generation can be so gre...

    Mike Denison (4.5)
    The kind of album where "I know how it feels to be at war with the world that never loved ...

    Jacob Snow (4.5)
    Another great release for The Wonder Years that excels lyrically and musically....

  • Aaron 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....


Comments:Add a Comment 
Brostep
Staff Reviewer
May 20th 2013


3456 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

One review per day man (though I'm not the one who negged, not sure who that was)

Frasc5
May 20th 2013


6 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

seriously? damn that's dumb, i just made the account so I figured I'd review what I've been listening to, just to get started you know?

Cygnatti
May 20th 2013


21352 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

they made that "spoken rule" because they want to let everyone's review spend a fair amount of time on the front page.

if a single person does a bunch of reviews at once, the reviews posted just before those ones will never get attention because it barely spent any time on the front page.

Digging: Jon Hopkins - Immunity

Frasc5
May 20th 2013


6 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I guess I understand that, I was just trying to get a start on this, not trying to monopolize reviews haha

merpmerp
May 20th 2013


800 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

HAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHHHA

RuanCSC
May 20th 2013


131 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I'm not usually into pop-punk (or punk at all) but this album is a very nice exception. But "I Just Want To Sell Out My Funeral" is by far the worst track here, in my opinion. Barely passable.

Digging: FKA Twigs - LP1

merpmerp
May 20th 2013


800 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Except "I Just Want To Sell Out My Funeral" is the best track.

RuanCSC
May 20th 2013


131 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Absolutely not. It's got 'filler' written all over it.

SonofSnow
May 20th 2013


684 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

No, no, no, no, no.

merpmerp
May 20th 2013


800 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Nah. It's got "good as fuck" written all over it.

RuanCSC
May 20th 2013


131 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I just don't like the idea of referencing the previous tracks instead of coming up with an all new song to give the album closure. Anyway, this is a very good album overall. My favorite so far is "Chaser".

MikeC26
May 20th 2013


3181 Comments


i don't get why this has so many negs...

good review man have a pos!

Cygnatti
May 20th 2013


21352 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Yeah album closer is like the best track.

Frasc5
May 20th 2013


6 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks MikeC26!

Scoot
May 20th 2013


17773 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

team antihype are gonna have a field day with this album

BroFro
May 21st 2013


405 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Chaser is like the worst song on here. If any song can be described as filler, its that one.

joshieboy12345
July 5th 2013


5370 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Only song l don't really enjoy is Madelyn. Kills the momentum of the album.

merpmerp
July 5th 2013


800 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah, fuck Madelyn that song blows. I deleted it off of my phone. Album flows so much nicer without it.

dimsim3478
July 5th 2013


5086 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Fuck that, it's a good interlude. Probably as good as "I've Given You All" on Suburbia.

Plus, I think you need it there because the second half of the record is pretty much all just faster-paced songs.

Digging: Flying Lotus - You're Dead!

merpmerp
July 5th 2013


800 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Idk something about the way it's produced, Soupy's voice, everything just doesn't sit well with me.



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