Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
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  1. Oct 27, 2014
    50
    Wonder Where We Land pads its vocal tracks with plush instrumentals, morsels of melody that would have been strong points if they weren't so half-baked.
  2. Oct 15, 2014
    60
    The eclectic sounds are impressive, even if a tighter focus might have hit harder.
  3. 83
    He’s proven mastery over his craft and shown that he can work with just about anyone and still put out some of the best product on the market.
  4. Oct 9, 2014
    55
    With all the work to try and incorporate these far-afield guest vocalists aside, it's worth noting that the production itself is more reliant on them than ever. Underneath them, the music is often flat and unadventurous, tasteful where it could stand to be raucous and rigid where it needs to be limber.
  5. Oct 9, 2014
    60
    Ambition is a necessary component of success for the up-and-coming producer who’s competing with a sea of unassuming copycats and clones, but he’s found that it is possible to go too far.
  6. Oct 7, 2014
    93
    This is an album about vision, movement and manifestation. It’s about removing oneself from the familiar to tap into the brain’s ability to create unprecedented and inspiring art. Success.
  7. Oct 6, 2014
    70
    Good chance newcomers will fall for the singles and be frustrated by the perceived filler, but that's the biggest fault with Wonder Where; it could be more persuasive and open.
  8. Oct 6, 2014
    60
    ["New Dorp. New York"] lends a refreshing dose of personality to an album that's otherwise stoically straightfaced.
  9. Oct 3, 2014
    90
    Wonder Where We Land is a tremendous step forward both for SBTRKT and for the possibilities of cross-genre exploration.
  10. Oct 1, 2014
    70
    As a title, Wonder Where We Land couldn’t be more appropriate. The answer is somewhere safe, both viable and habitable, but lacking in exhilaration and wonder.
  11. Sep 29, 2014
    70
    The tracks here, whilst enjoyable and (for the most part) produced extremely well, amount to a record that lacks the impact of SBTRKT's debut.
  12. Sep 29, 2014
    80
    It’s not quite a masterpiece--the dancefloor gets too short shrift--but it ably brings some fiercely non-linear soul music to deserved mainstream attention.
  13. Sep 25, 2014
    80
    Reticent yet resplendent, SBTRKT is a master craftsman, humanising the digital and effortlessly shifting the shape of sounds.
  14. Sep 22, 2014
    60
    Wonder Where We Land sounds like an album of great moments, rather than a consistently great record.
  15. Sep 22, 2014
    80
    It’s a far braver album than his debut. Chaotic, experimental, but oddly refined, it looks like Aaron Jerome has released one of 2014’s most exciting albums.
  16. 80
    While we may never fully understand his inspiration, when his work is as colourful and inventive as this, it's a small sacrifice.
  17. Sep 22, 2014
    70
    Focusing on expanding the limitations of a genre that’s still very much in its infancy, Wonder Where We Land proves that the SBTRKT name is still very much worth following second time round.
  18. Sep 18, 2014
    85
    Every track's beat structure is completely different and exciting because of it, yet each couldn't be mistaken for anyone other than SBTRKT. [Sep/Oct 2014, p.78]
  19. 75
    Here, Sampha sounds comfortable and confident, showcasing his vocal prowess rather than merely living with it.
  20. Sep 18, 2014
    60
    A$AP Ferg is blithe and funny, while Raury’s endurance flow is impeccably weighted. But SBTRKT still doesn’t gel with songwriting.
  21. 65
    What we hear is a man playing conductor, curator, ringmaster, director--a brilliant facilitator, yet one never quite able to hold his own on the stage of his making.
User Score
7.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 37 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 37
  2. Negative: 4 out of 37
  1. Sep 25, 2014
    9
    Just simply an amazing album, It's not just an album consisting of tracks, it's an experience that throws you at night in a dark forest withJust simply an amazing album, It's not just an album consisting of tracks, it's an experience that throws you at night in a dark forest with shadows of changing colors waiting for the colorful sun to wake up in the morning. The simple tracks are created with simple sounds that are put together in the tracks perfectly. They are not over done but simply simple. Full Review »
  2. Jan 11, 2015
    10
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