-By Jessica Thomas
No Closer To Heaven is a follow up of The Wonder Year’s 2013 critically acclaimed album The Greatest Generation.
The Wonder Years are an American rock band from Landsdale, Pennsylvania. Since their formation in July 2005, they have released five full-length albums, two EPs, and several compilations. Currently signed to Hopeless Records, their name originates from a paper that lead vocalist, Dan “Soupy” Campbell, read that was written by one of his teacher’s, titled “The Wonder Years.”
On June 29, the band announced No Closer To Heaven was set to be released on September 4. The album is absolutely jam-packed with emotion, dripping with sadness, regret, love, and heartache. While it may not always be clear whom Campbell is talking about in his lyrics, his taste of for the transparent is undeniable.
Lead singer Dan Campbell is no stranger to depression. In the past he has talking about experiencing it in some form for most of his life. After living with depression and going through writers block for months, he simply wrote down what he was feeling. It’s this first-hand view at a mind verging on suicidal thoughts that makes No Closer To Heaven such an emotional record.
The Wonder Years are ahead of the curve in many ways, but one of the most impressive aspects of this band is how they’ve managed to expand their sound while maintaining a strong fan base.
It’s a transformation that has been in the works for some time now. Regardless of the theme, each track plays an integral part in the band’s newest narrative.
The album kicks off with opener Brothers &, in which Campbell’s lyrics truly shine in covering personal topics. A Song for Ernest Hemingway is a great example of a well-written song with a chorus that will surely be added to their collection of fan favourites. With huge, soaring choruses the tracks are so singable it hurts. The songs are short, sweet, and straight to the point. No Closer To Heaven is an outstanding record. Rather than leaving fans behind, The Wonder Years have grown alongside their listeners.
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