Release Date: May 14, 2013
Record label: Hopeless
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Emo-Pop, Punk-Pop
While there are lots of bands out there making earnest and emotionally charged music, none of them are able to capture little moments in time quite like the Wonder Years, who take listeners on another trip down memory lane with their fourth album The Greatest Generation. Where their last album, Suburbia I've Given You All and Now I'm Nothing, captured the tiny dramas happening just beneath the surface of a town, this album finds the band turning their focus inward to deliver a heartfelt treatise on the pains of growing up. The album isn't so much about getting older as it is about the choices we all have to make and live with, capturing each songs subject as they not only examine the paths they've taken to get to where they are, but the paths they wish they could have taken as they curse themselves for their own failings.
The Greatest Generation is the final installment of the Wonder Years’ trilogy of records documenting the struggles of man versus self, others and the future. But even more than that, The Greatest Generation represents how, given enough time, a band can turn themselves from a joke into one of punk’s most interesting acts. Always known for his confessional lyrics, frontman Dan Campbell still opens himself up to criticism (“Passing Through A Screen Door”) but digs deeper and confronts his own failings (“The Devil In My Bloodstream”) while his bandmates thrash around him.