The Wonder Years
Burst and Decay


4.5
superb

Review

by chris. USER (47 Reviews)
September 24th, 2017 | 21 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: You were the obvious one.

Pop-Punk. The genre has roots leading all the way back to the mid-1970s and mid-1980s. Punk and Hardcore music being influenced and mixed with pop. That’s all there is to it. There’s nothing palpably special about it. It doesn’t change anything, it doesn’t innovate or push forward. It’s just Pop-Punk music; the same it's always been. There’s been many labels people have associated it with over the years. Childish. Simple and Simple-minded. Disingenuous. Half-hearted and boring. The music itself was never overly complex. The lyrics were as deep as a puddle created by a rainstorm that passed many hours before. There are many who believe that because of all of this, the genre doesn’t make much sense as to why it exists.

Yet it still exists. Every year, new Pop-Punk bands makes their way onto headlines, Warped Tours, and to the ears of fans of the genre. Something about the music resonates with so many people across countless homes, cities, and countries. It’s a thought I’ve had many times. Why does this type of music seem to speak to me more than others. Maybe, I reasoned, it’s that since it’s not particularly hard to play the music, I would see more people similar to myself making a name for themselves. Just average people who never took much seriously, including music. Maybe it’s the emotion that comes through Pop-Punk music. It sounds silly, but the simple words of the genre speak more to me as I live my life and look back on my past. No matter the reason, this genre that is no more than a blemish to some people is my bread and butter. I live with it and live by it.

So, with those thoughts out of the way, it makes complete sense why The Wonder Years seem to find themselves as the frontrunners of the genre. Their brand of punk music isn’t harsh or hardcore. The vocals aren’t anywhere even coming close to perfect. Yet, you can feel every ounce of emotion pouring through every note. Every chord, every riff, every voice crack. Each song speaks at the most personal level. Detailing the motions of love, regret, and grief that everybody has gone through at some point of their life. The Wonder Years are the best at what they do because they understand how to put into music form the emotions that people like me feel everyday.

By translating some of their greatest hits into an acoustic form, they add just another layer to those emotions. The somber opening lines of “A Song For Ernest Hemingway” pours through slowly and gradually builds until it hits the small explosion that is the chorus. “There, There”, one of the most beloved and popular The Wonder Years songs, makes the transformation into acoustic gracefully, amplifying the mood of remorse up to eleven. “You In January” turns into a soft and tear-jerking ballad, the best the band has ever performed. “Burst and Decay” is a reaffirmation of purpose. It reminds me of why I listen and come back to this music constantly. It reminds me of why I await new albums and EPs with such passion. So, wait for the next album I will.



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McTime50
September 24th 2017


621 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Uhh. Well. Something definitely went wrong here.



How do I fix this?

SandwichBubble
September 24th 2017


7905 Comments


I just put in a request to the Meds thread: http://www.sputnikmusic.com/forums/showthread.php?p=19310606#post19310606
it'll be fixed as soon as they check it, so no worries

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McTime50
September 24th 2017


621 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks for the help!

someguest
September 24th 2017


29865 Comments


Never submit a review for an album with an ampersand in the title. Have the mods fix it first!

McTime50
September 24th 2017


621 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah, I got that now. First time thing for me, haven't really seen it before.

TheCharmingMan
September 24th 2017


484 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

q u a l I t y review

ianblxdsoe
September 24th 2017


1895 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

stellar review as usual man, need to check this still it’s a crime that i haven’t

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McTime50
September 24th 2017


621 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks guys!

Crawl
September 25th 2017


2525 Comments


I love all of these songs, but listening to their acoustic versions only makes we want to check out the original ones unfortunately.

JS19
September 25th 2017


6929 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I think differentiate themselves really well actually. There's an obvious effort to make each track a different thing from its original in some way

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Feather
September 25th 2017


4881 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review, seeing these guys live tonight for like the 7th time. I'm hoping they play acoustic for the majority of the performance, I think they might.

Clumseee
September 25th 2017


1181 Comments


My favourite part about the Wonder Years is their energy and the contrast between the quiet/louder parts, which is hard for an acoustic EP to retain, so this gets boring here and there. Still, it's a nice addition to the discography.

JayEnder
September 26th 2017


2533 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The best acoustic reimagining on here in Dismantling Summer, hands down.

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Feather
September 26th 2017


4881 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ernest Hemmingway is my favorite. Possibly Coffee Eyes is second.

SteakByrnes
September 26th 2017


13514 Comments


"Pop-Punk"

That's all I had to read to know not to check this, but good review my guy

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Clumseee
September 26th 2017


1181 Comments


The opening of Dismantling Summer sounds like a sped up Teenage Dirtbag. See for yourself, sing along.

Feather
October 1st 2017


4881 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Steak have you never listened to the wonder years? As far as pop punk goes they may be my favorite by a landslide

dimsim3478
October 1st 2017


8015 Comments


every time the wonder years put out something new i'm scared that it's gonna suck but it turns out to be fantastic

in this case i was extra scared becuz pop punk bands have a history of doing acoustic renditions very poorly, but this ruuuuuuulez. maybe i should stop expecting the worst from the wonder years.

also new album??? im pretty sure they're preppin it now; hopefully theres an announcement this month

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SteakByrnes
October 1st 2017


13514 Comments


@Feather I've heard one song by them and didn't like it. I tend to stay clear of pop punk save for a few exceptions

sempiturtle
January 15th 2018


1518 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Just listened to this for the first time and there were tears.



These dudes are easily in my top 3 pop-punk bands.



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