Sister Cities

The Wonder Years - Sister Cities
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2018 Ratings: #46 / 876
User Score
Based on 141 ratings
2018 Ratings: #496
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Exclaim!

Fresh and ambitious without taking a step too far, Sister Cities is the Wonder Years' most fully realized work, and an artistic statement that deserves to be taken seriously.

90
Sputnikmusic

Sister Cities is another entry in the secular gospel of the Wonder Years discography.

85
Under The Radar
There are layers aplenty to peel away here ... but even without probing that deeply it's clear that this is a phenomenal album that not only transcends genres but which also only feels like the next phase of a career already 13 years short that has a long and exciting future ahead.
84
GIGsoup
Branching into soaring indie, expressive emo and ambitious post-rock; the Wonder Years will always know how to bring the hooks, but on Sister Cities, they’ve left the South Philly basement well and truly behind.
80
DIY
Offering up another soundtrack for the disenfranchised and downtrodden, ‘Sister Cities’ is a renewed example of just how powerful and poignant The Wonder Years can be.
80
The Line of Best Fit

The band have matured, and grown up; no longer is their staple diet pizza and pop-punk. Instead, Sister Cities is a sullen, brooding album in which the optimism of youth has bled out, replaced with a cathartic cynicism and gut-wrenching heartbreak.

80
Dork
There is absolutely no room for nostalgia in ‘Sister Cities’ as The Wonder Years purposefully step into a whole new era. They may have come out swinging from a South Philly basement in their early days but now they are at home on huge stages, and they have songs to match.
71
Pitchfork

Fans of big, stadium-swinging hooks might find Sister Cities a sparser, more introspective affair than they prefer, but the band seems okay with leaving South Philly basements behind and seeing more of the world. After doing so much to put the spirit of their hometown into music, they’re aiming for something larger now.

70
AllMusic

The overall tone of Sister Cities is intense and, at times, comes across as unrelentingly dour. Still, the Wonder Years' maturation from suburban pop punk ennui to (literal) world-weary emo desperation feels like a logical progression, and it's hard to fault them for tackling bigger subjects.

Jawnb0rger69
82

A fantastic album that gets some of its best moments drowned out by the abysmal mixing (this shit physically hurts to listen to. That's fine if it's noise music but not the wonder years). That being said, I still love the shit out of this album and it contains some of my favorite songs they've ever done and by far the best lyrics Soupy has ever written. And while the last three songs are probably the weakest of the bunch, it's still a pretty satisfying ending considering everything the band had ... read more

liammenzies
72

Lyrically this is so fucking rich, there were a few times where I felt genuinely choked up by the poignancy and honesty. Instrumentally, it's all good but I'd have killed for something a bit more challenging or apt to the geographical concept the band were going for.

Awesale
85

This really grew on my the more I listened to it. Still my least favorite by them, but its still really good IMO

bandruk
58

Soupy decided that overwrought yelpy vocals translates to a heart wrenching experience. It does not. A considerable dip in quality from No Closer to Heaven

StereotypicUser
69

Generic, decent

Jawnb0rger69
82

A fantastic album that gets some of its best moments drowned out by the abysmal mixing (this shit physically hurts to listen to. That's fine if it's noise music but not the wonder years). That being said, I still love the shit out of this album and it contains some of my favorite songs they've ever done and by far the best lyrics Soupy has ever written. And while the last three songs are probably the weakest of the bunch, it's still a pretty satisfying ending considering everything the band had ... read more

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Track List

  1. Raining in Kyoto
  2. Pyramids of Salt
  3. It Must Get Lonely
  4. Sister Cities
  5. Flowers Where Your Face Should Be
  6. Heaven's Gate (Sad & Sober)
  7. We Look Like Lightning
  8. The Ghosts of Right Now
  9. When the Blue Finally Came
  10. The Orange Grove
  11. The Ocean Grew Hands to Hold Me

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#45/Rock Sound
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Added on: March 11, 2018