Wander/Wonder - Balam Acab
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  • Summary: This is the debut full-length release for electronic producer, Alec Koone.
  • Record Label: Tri Angle
  • Genre(s): Electronic, Electronica, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Nov 30, 2011
    90
    On Wonder/Wander Koone transcends such dippy, blog-generated catch-phrasing, displaying a sense of genuine dominion within the art of experimental laptop pop.
  2. There's a simultaneous show-of-hand that somehow compliments that emotional weight rather than hinders it. It's that weight that gives these compositions durability, and considering how naked Acab leaves his samples, some staggering life. All said, it's really the bottom line here.
  3. Aug 31, 2011
    82
    This is functional music that highlights the simple pleasure of artfully arranged sound, the kind of gorgeous and evocative record that fills up the room and shifts your perception for 37 minutes and then brings you gently back to the surface.
  4. Sep 12, 2011
    72
    While Wander/Wonder is assured and richly orchestrated for an artist with a long career ahead of him, there is just some aspect of real world struggle with which it fails to engage.
  5. Aug 31, 2011
    70
    Wander/Wonder's progression is satisfying and absorbing without ever exuding cloying self-awareness, and the same goes for its creator: Koone is clever and inventive, but far too engrossed in his vision to break momentum and pat himself on the back.
  6. Aug 31, 2011
    70
    Pleasant, often phenomenal. And then afterwards, most of it is gone minus those times when it got real.
  7. Aug 31, 2011
    60
    Naive and wide-eyed, Wander / Wonder tries so damned hard to feel real, to make big dreams and grandiose plans feel distantly (but not quite) attainable.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Oct 8, 2011
    10
    Yes, Balam Acab, the stage name of twenty-year old Alec Koone, composes most of his music on his own through the use of electronics. UponYes, Balam Acab, the stage name of twenty-year old Alec Koone, composes most of his music on his own through the use of electronics. Upon learning this fact, a word that inevitably comes to mind is â Expand
  2. Mar 12, 2012
    9
    Balam Acab's glistening, ethereal blend of dubstep, witch house and chillwave is truly something to behold. Make an effort to become immersedBalam Acab's glistening, ethereal blend of dubstep, witch house and chillwave is truly something to behold. Make an effort to become immersed in this album and you will be rewarded with some of the most introspective and melancholic electronic music of the year. Expand