When your last album has been cast into the annals of pop-punk history as one of the best ever, it’s fair to say that there’s going to be a slight weight of expectation on the next one. Luckily though, The Wonder Years don’t sweat it one bit. Continuing on the theme of growth presented in their last two albums, ‘The Greatest Generation’ is easily the band’s most mature record to date. Lyrically, it’s as reflective and thoughtful as pop-punk can get, with introspective, often nostalgia tinged lyrics delivered, with all the anthemic aplomb we’ve come to expect from the band.
There are few bands in existence right now that you can listen to their recordings and picture a room full of kids screaming back every single word at them, but The Wonder Years are certainly one of them. Soupy‘s impassioned delivery often provides the rousing calls-to-arms that you just know would whip any room into an absolute frenzy and this is track after track of music to go nuts to.
Despite a back catalogue filled to the brim with absolute anthems, some of the tracks on ‘The Greatest Generation’ are easily some of The Wonder Years‘ best yet. Tracks like ‘The Bastards, The Vultures, The Wolves’ and lead single ‘Passing Through A Screen Door’ will have you fighting urges to stand up and shout the hooks on your desk at work (don’t do it though, apparently it’s seen as ‘disruptive’).
There’s been quite a bit of top quality pop-punk released so far this year, so to say this is the best album from the genre in the last few years is to make a bold statement, but it just is.
Written by Ryan De Freitas