Wondrous Bughouse - Youth Lagoon
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  • Summary: The second release from Trevor Powers was produced by Ben H. Allen.
  • Record Label: Fat Possum
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Dream Pop, Noise Pop, Neo-Psychedelia
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Mar 14, 2013
    80
    Like the most memorable trips, this one creates some sublime eidetic imagery.
  4. Mar 4, 2013
    70
    Wondrous Bughouse is an undeniably impressive-sounding album that will please fans who loved The Year of Hibernation for its intricate sonics, but those who empathized with its emotions might feel a tad disconnected.
  5. Mar 14, 2013
    70
    The density of its production and the slipperiness of its song structures ensures that this album isn’t for everyone. But for those with a high tolerance for psychedelic whimsy and the time to invest in repeated listens, Wondrous Bughouse offers ample pleasures.
  6. Mar 5, 2013
    70
    The production values mean that, even though Powers' reverent anthems aren't a huge departure from what he's done in the past, the results have added gravitas.
  7. Mar 4, 2013
    40
    With both the humor and production style of his densely layered music remaining overwrought, Wondrous Bughouse leaves a distinct impression that it was a lot more fun to make than it is to listen to.

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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 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. Expand
  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 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 Expand
  3. Mar 12, 2013
    8
    The first words that came to mind as I first listened to Wondrous Bughouse was "It's like a wall of sound!" And the fact that Trevor Powers looks like a young Phil Spector makes it ever more so. The song "Attic Doctor" is my favorite. It goes up and down and around like being on a merry-go-round. Actually, the whole album is like one cosmic merry-go-round taking us for a ride around the universe! Or maybe, like being on a merry-go-round while on acid. lol Good job, Trevor. Collapse
  4. 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 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. Expand