Wondrous Bughouse - Youth Lagoon
Metascore
74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. Mar 4, 2013
    87
    Though the songs themselves are wonderful, that's the powerful source Powers taps into here: if you feel like the dark center of the universe or simply need a little space, Wondrous Bughouse obliges.
  2. Mar 5, 2013
    91
    With Wondrous Bughouse, Powers has deftly managed his expanded musical toolset to craft an impressively sophisticated and compelling--yet often unsettling--collection of psych-noise arrangements, with much to burrow into and explore on repeat listens.
  3. 90
    Wondrous Bughouse is a delicious collage: provocative, allusive and consistently engaging.
  4. Overall, Wondrous Bughouse is a beautiful, experimental album that never forgets that above all, music is an art form and is meant to be experience as is film, art, or literature.
  5. 83
    Youth Lagoon’s sophomore record stands tall and sure-footed.
User Score
8.1

Universal acclaim- based on 49 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Mar 5, 2013
    9
    This is a gorgeously lush listen, but it takes patience and persistence. While The Year of Hibernation may have been more accessible, and hadThis is a gorgeously lush listen, but it takes patience and persistence. While The Year of Hibernation may have been more accessible, and had some organic moments that Wondrous Bughouse lacks, Powers' sophomore followup is a wholly rewarding listen that has stronger songwriting, better production, and a more realized sense of scope. There is room for improvement, but nevertheless, Trevor Powers has outdone himself this time around. Full Review »
  2. May 15, 2013
    9
    A beautifully haunting head-phones album that sounds just as good blaring from your speakers. The songs are more diverse and varied from YouthA beautifully haunting head-phones album that sounds just as good blaring from your speakers. The songs are more diverse and varied from Youth Lagoon's debut, and offer far more enjoyable listening experiences. It may not be as approachable or tuneful, but the instrumentation is more robust and full-sounding and the lyrical content expands to provide some thought provoking tracks. It's a wonderful album that makes a strong case as one of 2013's best Full Review »
  3. Apr 29, 2013
    8
    While It's not as immediately loveable as Youth Lagoon's debut, "Wondrous Bughouse" delivers layes of lush, lo-fi psychedelic sound that afterWhile It's not as immediately loveable as Youth Lagoon's debut, "Wondrous Bughouse" delivers layes of lush, lo-fi psychedelic sound that after a bit of patience, becomes easy to get lost in. While Wondrous Bughouse serves as a fan pleaser, it's a bit debatable for a first time listener. Compared to the bottommost recording quality of the debut, it's a more well produced and cleaner listen. "Wondrous Bughouse", in many ways is a good record, but lacks hastily what made the debut so special. Full Review »