Wednesday May 14, 2013
Written by Frances Roach
After a well paced and welcoming introduction through There, There, the songs that were first to hit several media outlets a few weeks back, Passing Through A Screen Door, Dismantling Summer and The Bastards, The Vultures, The Wolves, continue the well established TWY sound gained from past releases and assuring fans of the strong quality of what is to come.
Taking a slow turn with The Devil In My Bloodstream provides a softness to the record before picking up a notch, or five, halfway through. Definitely the I Won’t Say The Lord’s Prayer of this album, with Madelyn being (loosely) the Hey Thanks of ‘The Greatest Generation’, a gentle acoustic accompanied by delicate chimes.
What I love most about this band is the complete honesty possessed lyrically throughout and frontman Dan “Soupy” Campbell has a way of successfully portraying the thoughts of what everyone else is thinking but rarely saying. This can be heard in the last and longest song I Just Want To Sell Out My Funeral, singing “I’m scared shitless of failure and I’m staring out at where I want to be”.
This 7+ minute song continues by summarising the album through a medley of the prior tracklisting, which for me, is by far the stand out track of the album.
With tight drums, particularly in Teenage Parents and An American Religion (FSF) and the infectious catchiness and consistency of guitar lines in every song, The Wonder Years are able to continue to furthermore develop their established name in the genre of pop punk.