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The Wake of the Wonder Years
Andrew Johnston

The Wake of the Wonder Years

Disc review

For those with a proclivity for inflated opinions, whether positive or negative, indifference towards a new album is eerie. Andrew Johnston’s The Wake of the Wonder Years provokes precisely that sentiment, if indifference is even a sentiment. The Ottawa native may be a skillful musician, but as a songwriter he rarely delivers more than mediocre melodies and banal lyrics. Despite a substandard first track (Long Lost Sounds, in which Johnston’s voice is pushed beyond its boundaries), the 11 songs that follow flow quite nicely and even reach a few peaks (Something You Already Know and The Other Side of the Dream). As a whole, though, The Wake of the Wonder Years is oddly forgettable; it’s well crafted, but doesn’t quite stand out as an album worth going back to.

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