The Wonder Years
The Greatest Generation


4.5
superb

Review

by Green Baron USER (159 Reviews)
January 22nd, 2015 | 8 replies


Release Date: 2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The voice of an emotionally battered generation.

Growing up is hard to do. It’s difficult to watch the carefree days of the past slowly burn out and be replaced by newfound responsibilities and privileges that appear to be nothing more than unnecessary burdens. Often we as humans tend to gravitate away from our duties and obligations and focus more on the emotive outputs that arise as a result of our failures and flaws. Such is the mantra of The Greatest Generation, the fourth studio album by Philadelphia-based pop-punk band The Wonder Years. Behind the upbeat instrumentation and heartfelt vocals lies a web of fear and uncertainty for the future and a reflection on the mistakes made in the past. It’s not a record for mending broken hearts, it’s one for realizing that at 26 years old, nothing’s still been accomplished and will most likely never be. It’s for breaking down at the throes of melancholy and accepting the fact that depression will sooner or later win the eternal fight. It’s for holding on to that tiny sliver of hope left after a grandparent falls ill and trying to mask the fact that the fear of him dying is too much to handle. The Greatest Generation is Soupy Campbell doing his damned best to take on his inner demons, and if there’s a more passionate, emotionally moving way to do so than the crescendos of piano-ballad-turned-fiery-rocker “The Devil in My Bloodstream” or the summation of the album’s most genuinely sentimental passages on “I Just Want to Sell Out My Funeral”, he hasn’t made it yet. The Wonder Years take the hardest parts of post-adolescent struggles and create perhaps one of the deepest, most emotionally raw pop-punk albums to ever exist.



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  • Atari STAFF (5)
    The greatest generation indeed....

    Centre (5)
    The Wonder Years are the voice of our generation....

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

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

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

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

    pianosmasher (5)
    This is one for the history books....

    Frasc5 (4.5)
    The Wonder Years puts forth their best performance, noticeably more mature, and much impro...

  • FolioMage (5)
    Philly punks end their trilogy with another perfect album....

    hahGAY (4.5)
    Celebrate summer with The Wonder Years....

    ADV123 (4)
    You're just trying to read...my review...


Comments:Add a Comment 
Green Baron
January 22nd 2015


24809 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I've been listening to this so much over the last few months and found myself loving it more than I have

before.



Also, the sidebar's glitched again, I thought that was fixed but idk

n60storm
January 22nd 2015


50 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Good album, one of the best of 2013.

theNateman
January 22nd 2015


3804 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Love this album. Awesome review, pos

VaxXi
January 22nd 2015


4418 Comments


SO BURY ME AT SEA...

Also, Soupy confirmed that an album is in the works and will be released late-summer to early-fall

SO GET HYPED!

erizen826
January 23rd 2015


857 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I love short reviews and I love this album. Review is great, pos'd.

Slut
January 23rd 2015


4255 Comments


Maybe you could break this up into two paragraphs. I haven't read it but it would certainly look nicer if you ask me

Green Baron
January 23rd 2015


24809 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The problem is, if I split it, the individual paragraphs would probably be too short. Plus, I can't find a good place to make the divide.

trackbytrackreviews
January 26th 2015


3408 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

It flows nicely as one



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