The Won­der Years

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Sis­ter Cities

With a calculated mix of deft ma­noeu­vring and brute force, the Won­der Years have bro­ken the bind­ings of pop punk once and for all. Sis­ter Cities is the first of the Penn­syl­va­nia heavy­weights’ records that re­fuses to be pi­geon­holed. It’s not gonna drive fans away, but is the re­sult of a grad­ual shift that pre­serves the band’s dis­tinct stylis­tic mark­ers and singer Dan Camp­bell’s emo­tive power while ap­ply­ing it all with greater ma­tu­rity and de­lib­er­a­tion. “Rain­ing in Ky­oto” kicks off the record with power; its pum­melling bridge and huge cho­ruses show a band putting their backs into Riot Go­ing On

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