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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.
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.
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