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The Greatest Generation, the fourth studio album by the Philadelphia pop-punk sextet The Wonder Years, is rife with the nostalgia of growing pains. Lead singer Soupy Campbell had described this recording as the third installment in a trilogy about growing up, but it’s also about the war that he won battling depression. The opening tune, “There, There,” starts softly with Campbell singing in a near-whisper over electric guitar distortion. When the song builds to a crescendo, the band balances restraint with sonic tantrums that at times recall Sunny Day Real Estate's emo-defining 1994 album Diary. The following single, “Passing Through a Screen Door,” exudes a more palpable catharsis as Campbell spits and sneers lyrics that reflect a quarter-life crisis having crept up on him while his friends and cousins got married and started families. The tension in his voice sounds as real as that of the winding guitar interplay between Matt Brasch and Casey Cavaliere. “Dismantling Summer” contrasts quiet and loud parts alongside lyrics that struggle with holding onto the summer while letting go of the past.

Customer Reviews

Incredible

Absolutely flawless - Passing Through A Screen Door and I Just Want To Sell Out My Funeral are potentially the best songs I have ever head

Phenomenal

Another triumph.

Fantastic end to the trilogy.

This album is the perfect culmination of everything The Wonder Years have strive to achieve over the course of their last 2 albums. Cannot recommend it highly enough, even for people who usually steer clear of the genre.

Biography

Formed: 2005 in Philadelphia, PA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Taking its name from the TV show The Wonder Years, the Philadelphia punk pop band was formed by guitarists Matt Brasch and Casey Cavaliere, vocalist Dan "Soupy" Campbell, bassist Josh Martin, drummer Mike Kennedy, and keyboardist Mikey Kelly. The sextet got its start in 2005 when previous combo the Premier split up. Regrouping under the new name, the band began playing shows and released two split singles that year (with Bangarang! and Emergency and I). In late 2007, the Wonder Years self-released...
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