No Closer To Heaven

So, No Closer To Heaven is the latest album that I just keep coming back to, by a band that I’ve only now just discovered for myself: The Wonder Years.

These songs tell stories of loss, outrage and helplessness, packing a punch between hooks, choirs and quiet parts that… well …punch you in the heart. It’s a beautiful, stirring, energetic mix that gets better with every time I listen to it.

We’re no saviors

If we can’t save our brothers

My favorite song so far is this one: Thanks For The Ride. A song about a friend who fell into a coma after a car crash and, after several years, eventually died. The song imagines what her life would have been like if she would have woken up.

The chorus also reminds me of Hannah Baker from 13 Reasons Why, which makes it twice as sad for me.

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The price for being intelligent enough to be the first species to be fully aware of the cosmos might just be a capacity to feel a whole universe’s worth of darkness.

– Matt Haig, Reasons to Stay Alive