John Wizards - John Wizards
John Wizards Image
Metascore
81

Universal acclaim - based on 16 Critics What's this?

User Score
tbd

No user score yet- Awaiting 2 more ratings

Your Score
0 out of 10
Rate this:
  • 10
  • 9
  • 8
  • 7
  • 6
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
  • 0
  • 0
  • Summary: The full-length release for the South African duo of Emmanuel Nzaramba and producer John Withers includes influences from African, electronic, R&B, reggae, and soul music.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. 90
    Its stylistic diversity can be off-putting at first. But the more you listen, the more it all comes together.
  2. Oct 29, 2013
    90
    John Wizards contains a surplus of happiness spilling out all over the place, but there is also a haunting sadness on many of these tracks, one often turning on a dime into the other.
  3. Aug 30, 2013
    80
    If the sign of a good LP is no standout tracks then John Wizards is certifiably brilliant, a collage of brightly-coloured chamber pop where modern synths get a look-in too.
  4. Oct 16, 2013
    80
    Every one of its 15 tracks brings something new to the table. [Nov 2013, p.90]
  5. Sep 3, 2013
    75
    As it is now, John Wizards is an effortlessly fun, pan-global pop record that stands on its own, no qualification needed.
  6. There’s so much packed into these 15 lush, context-evading songs, though, that map references are pretty futile.
  7. Aug 30, 2013
    60
    While it's not a great record, the world would be a marginally better place if people were drooling over John Wizards rather than Vampire Weekend. [Sep 2013, p.90]

See all 16 Critic Reviews

Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Sep 5, 2013
    8
    Super fun album, super groovy and great to listen to when it's hot and sunny outside. Very creative and out of the ordinary also. Will be looking forward to the next album! Expand

Related Articles

  1. The Freshman 15: 2013's Best Debut Albums

    The Freshman 15: 2013's Best Debut Albums Image
    Published: December 17, 2013
    We take a look at the year's 15 best-reviewed debut albums, including LPs from Run the Jewels, Savages, CHVRCHES, Disclosure, Ariana Grande, and more.