Have you ever been completely blown away by something? A movie, a book, or a record? I don’t mean ‘Wow, Fast and Furious 6 wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be.” I’m talking about “Holy hell! That was on an entire other level than I thought it was going to be.”
This is what The Wonder Years fourth full length release ‘The Greatest Generation’ did to me.
You may not know me personally, but that is saying a whole lot. I am very particular with what I like, and I hold bands I love to sky-high standards, especially when the band is The Wonder Years. My friends notoriously call me negative and elititst when it comes to what I like and don’t like. Yet even with these admittedly high gauges, this album still knocked me on my ass.
The thing is, I knew this album was going to be phenomenal. I knew it would be great when I heard the closing notes of ‘Suburbia’, the band’s previous release. I knew it when they released the trailer for the album, the last line of which literally gave me chills. I knew it when Passing Through A Screen Door hit the internet and proceeded to crash Absolutepunk.net. The Wonder Years write fantastic music, no questions asked.
But this album is different. It’s special. You want proof? I could point to the fact that There, There might be one of the best songs they’ve ever written. I could direct you to the fact that lead singer Dan Campbell’s vocals sound more spot-on than I had previously imagined possible. I could also cue up several sure to be riot inducing bridges; “I came here looking for a fight”, “If I’m in an airport, and you’re in a hospital bed, what kind of man does that make me?”, and “I was just happy to be a contender, I was just aching for anything.”
Now I know I’m not a very good writer, and I know I’m not convincing. Just do yourself a favor and listen to the record. Even if you’ve already listened to it, just do it again. From the still, quiet intro of There, There to what is likely one of the most inspiring songs I’ve heard in a long time, the albums closer I Just Want To Sell Out My Funeral, this music is nothing short of perfect.
And the best part about the record is, I believe The Wonder Years can do better. And I absolutely can not wait to see what they come up with next.
“See, people say the greatest generation has come and gone, but they’re wrong. They haven’t seen what we’re capable of.”