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The Wonder Years / All or Nothing - Distances [7 inch] (Cover Artwork)

The Wonder Years / All or Nothing

The Wonder Years / All or Nothing: Distances [7 inch]Distances [7 inch] (2009)
No Sleep Records

Reviewer Rating: 2.5


Contributed by: InaGreendaseBrian
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The Wonder Years still haven't won me over, but the strides they've made since their abysmal first full-length are incredible. For their side of this split 7" with UK pop-punks All or Nothing, Distances, they continue improving by sounding less like a gimmicky keyboard-addled, hardcore-influenced po.
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The Wonder Years still haven't won me over, but the strides they've made since their abysmal first full-length are incredible. For their side of this split 7" with UK pop-punks All or Nothing, Distances, they continue improving by sounding less like a gimmicky keyboard-addled, hardcore-influenced pop-punk band with stupid lyrics. There seems like a greater focus on simply writing more serious-sounding but poppy cuts. "An Elegy for Baby Blue" utilizes some Lifetime-esque tempos, only a hint of that synth and just for a few lines does vocalist Soupy Campbell sound exactly like Kenny Vasoli. That comparison is longer-lasting in their other contribution, "Don't Open the Fridge!". I'm reluctant to say these songs are good, let alone great, but there's nothing on here that's inherently embarrassing like the stunts the band pulled on past releases (although, the line, ">Goddamn, what if they know of our plans to raise an army of homeless men in the basement?" is just dumb). Really only okay songs, but this band is getting better all the time.

All or Nothing play virtually the same type of music, maybe more directly in line with Set Your Goals and with no keyboard appendage. I'm not sure how I feel about their main lead vocals. It really sort of hampers an otherwise pretty good experience. It's not his accent or anything, but rather, it's like this bizarre cutesy operatic thing. The other guy has a bit more grit and sounds good, though, and frankly should probably just take over vocals period. Their cuts would be really enjoyable if those vocal issues were sorted out a bit. There's actually a part in "Summer Vacation in Providence" that sounds exactly like the transition just before the "some stop feeling love" line in SYG's "The Fallen." The bonus track, "This Is Very Impossible" is almost good enough to overcome the aforementioned faults.

A problematic split, to be sure. But it's entirely possible these two bands could break old habits and come out with something great next time around.

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The Wonder Years - Don't Open the Fridge!
All or Nothing ?? I'm Not Being Rude, But I Could Have Had Your Job
All or Nothing - This Is Very Impossible

 

 
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Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not respon sible for them in any way. Seriously.
assman (June 15, 2010)

People really need to stop mentioning Set Your Goals in EVERY new pop-punk band review. Seriously, most of the band's criticized for doing so have been around just as long as SYG.

LooseKanonYankee (April 7, 2009)

Wonder Years grew on me a lot. I hated the first album, but they just get better with each release

wearestillalive (April 7, 2009)

I like The Wonder Years. Stupid, pointless fun.

Blackjaw_x (April 5, 2009)

The Wunder Years were ridiculo-good, but The Wonder Years suck.

sgraham (April 3, 2009)

I don't know what it is, but I hate every recording they do, but when I heard them live I loved them. Maybe it was because they opened for the Ergs the first time I saw them, and that left good memories.

jeremyRVN (April 3, 2009)

I dont get why but i fucking love The Wonder Years.
their side of this split and the 7" are amazing. best pop-punk hardcore mix out there if you ask me

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