So I've finally gotten the chance to listen to 'The Greastest Generation' in its entirety and so I'm here to give you guys my review on it.
1. There There
2. Passing Through a Screendoor
3. We Could Die Like This
4. Dismantling Summer
5. The Bastards, The Vultures, The Wolves
6. The Devil In My Bloodstream
7. Teenage Parents
9. An American Religion
10. A Raindance in Traffic
13. I Just Want to Sell out My Funeral
I cannot describe how proud I am to call myself a true fan of The Wonder Years. This new album has permanently put them at the top of their genre. They are the "Cinderella" story of pop-punk, they started out as any band does, playing music for the fun of it, with no intent of becoming big. Now, six years later, they are sitting on the top.
Their newest full-length album has proven to be jam-packed with thirteen of the most meaningful lyrics I have ever heard come out of Soupy's mouth. If you are a fan of TWY, then you know it has not been easy for them. Through "The Upsides" and "Suburbia", TWY has been fighting through the downsides (if you will) of depression, heartbreak and anxiety, and that is what make their songs so relatable. They have the same problems as their listeners, and they teach us how to keep fighting; and "The Greatest Generation" does not fail to do so.
Although their new album lacks some of the things that made their past two albums so catchy, they made up for it with their lyrics. On 'There There' (the first song on the album), Soupy opens up with one of the most relatable lines, "You're just trying to read, but I'm always standing in your light. You're just trying to sleep, but I always wake you up to apologize. I'm sorry I don't laugh at the right times". I believe that line can resonate with just about everyone. Then Soupy breaks out those vocals with his signature "yelling" and you hear him and his heart, and their passion is so clear.
The album just gets better. 'Passing Through a Screendoor' and 'Dismantling Summer' tune in their pop-punk roots. My favorite (one of my favorites at least) of the album is 'The Bastards, The Vultures, The Wolves'. Soupy alludes to one of their older songs (Came Out Swinging) by singing "And yeah I came out swinging, but I'm still walking out with two black eyes and a split lip". The song just reminds everyone why they fell in love TWY in the first place. The song ends with the repeating of "I came here looking for a fight", reminding all of their fans one the of the main morals that TWY carries with them throughout all of their albums I believe to never give up and keep fighting.
The band offers a different side of them with a stipped down acoustic song called 'Madelyn' and a slower song called 'The Devil in my Bloodstream'.
The album ends with 'I Just Want to Sell Out my Funeral' which is another song that I think everyone can relate to. It ends with lines from each song on the album and ties in altogether.
Basically, TWY has showed everyone that they are a band to be reckoned with. They appeal all the awkward kids that don't know what to do. They have helped me through stuff that I thought I was the only one going through, and they have taught me to keep fighting. I owe a lot to this band. If you haven't purchased this album, what are you waiting for huh? Get it here.
Peac Out Girl Scoutz,