Dan 'Soupy' Campbell from The Wonder Years has made a concept album about a fictional character. Sounds interesting enough, but is it any good? Here's out review.
Writing lyrics about yourself all the time must be emotionally exhausting, so it’s no surprise that The Wonder Years frontman Dan Campbell has stopped looking in the mirror for a minute to create this concept album. Based on the fictional story of 31-year-old Aaron West, ‘We Don’t Have Each Other’ doesn’t present a particularly happy picture of our protagonist. The delicate ‘Our Apartment’ and ‘Divorce And The American South’ allow Campbell to flex his not inconsiderable songwriting muscle through acoustic-led melancholy, and the majority of the album follows suit. Half-panicked, half-anthemic ‘Runnin’ Scared’ aside, this is all a little meek, but that’s kind of the idea.
This review appears in issue 190 of Rock Sound magazine. Click here to download the copy right now, or find your nearest stockist at this link.