After much anticipation, this past week witnessed the release of The Wonder Years newest album The Greatest Generation. Now let me start out by saying; from the very outset this record reaches deep down inside, and truly grasps at your heartstrings.
Opening track There, There sets the tone for the albums entirety. With haunting vocals and melodies that hint at a darker side to life, it’s clear this album is about as honest as it gets. As outsiders we play witness to an impressive thirteen songs; that boast both maturity and self-reflection.
Dismantling Summer demonstrates the bands ability to take something incredibly personal, and transform it into words and beats that forge a connection with a thousand different people, while Cul-De-Sac’s opening riff hints at a slightly older sound that we’ve all come to know and love.
Closing track I Just Want To Sell Out My Funeral , shows just how far bands music has grown since their 2011 release; Suburbia I’ve Given You All and Now I’m Nothing. Tying together the lyrics sung throughout the album, the closing track picks up where There, There ends, giving each track a new-found sense of narrative.
The Greatest Generation’s biggest accomplishment is its ability to really make you feel. As a band, The Wonder Years have never stopped working, and have always aimed to deliver their best, and as far as I’m concerned – this really is their best. It takes a hell of a lot of guts to put your heart and soul into something, and lay it out bare for the world to see; but this album does that and more.
The Greatest Generation is truly alive.