Wander/Wonder

Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
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  1. Dec 7, 2011
    80
    Wander/Wonder is an exercise in depth, a flowing suite of mermaid's lullabies that turn seductive.
  2. 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.
  3. Oct 10, 2011
    80
    Whilst Koone's recycling of chiming keys and bell like samples throughout each track might seem lazy, it in fact makes Wander/Wonder effective as a cohesive listen, and that's how its euphoric atmosphere should be heard.
  4. Sep 27, 2011
    75
    Balam Acab have crafted a fully fleshed-out record, with enticing dimension and its own subtle meanings.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Aug 31, 2011
    80
    See Birds, was a promising debut, but Wander / Wonder is the kind of record that can pull you into its emotional undertow from the minute those helium angels start singing.
  10. Aug 31, 2011
    70
    Pleasant, often phenomenal. And then afterwards, most of it is gone minus those times when it got real.
User Score
7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. 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. Full Review »
  2. 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 Full Review »