Review. The Wonder Years – The Greatest Generation

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The Wonder Years – The Greatest Generation

 

History is important. It allows for context and its influence can be felt daily. With music, the legacy of a band often impacts how a release is received. However, you won’t need to know about television shows, a trio of preceding albums or a grand narrative to appreciate that The Greatest Generation by The Wonder Years is one of the most brilliant things you’ll hear this year.

Sounding like it’s been lifted from one of the many plastic pop-punk bands who deal in haircuts and bravado, the American twang of Dan Cambell is already a familiar friend. Leading a charming offensive of reassurance and realism, The Wonder Years balance familiarity with surprise.

Backed by a sweeping drive of infectious hooks and tumbling choruses, The Greatest Generation takes the considered rebellion of pop-punk and ages it. The smirks and smut are replaced by aged fears and simple longing. Angst makes way for pointed fury as The Wonder Years take a genre and make it so much more.

The hopeful want of We Could Die Like This plays off against the painful memory of The Devil In My Bloodstream. The Wonder Years stand still and collect their thoughts as the torrential flood of the present washes over them. The nostalgia ridden Teenage Parents looks to the future grasp of I Just Want To Sell Out My Funeral with equalling acceptance. The past is as sure as the future and The Wonder Years aren’t going to waste time fighting either.

Burning with unrivalled intensity, The Greatest Generation uses a troubled history to fuel its fire. Evoking a sense of grand toil, there’s an overbearing impression that The Wonder Years have poured every ounce of their being into this album. Emotions are still running high. Every screaming jolt of abandon or enticing twist of refrain is backed with honesty and fraught feelings. For a band on their fourth album, that’s an impressive feat.

Doused in the bitterness of reality and celebrating the suburban struggle, The Greatest Generation is a powerful hunk of Americana. Personal and relatable, The Wonder Years highlight the fight of the everyday. Ultimately, everyone loses but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try.

The history of The Wonder Years might be a specialist subject but The Greatest Generation will go down as a defining album in the pop-punk genre, and the year.

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~ by justdip on 16/05/2013.

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