Wonderland
ceo - Wonderland
Critic Score
Based on 15 reviews
2014 Rank: #421 / 827
User Score
Based on 64 ratings
February 4, 2014 / Release Date
LP / Format
Mute / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

91
Pretty Much Amazing

Running just shy of thirty-five minutes, WONDERLAND’s eight tracks present a renewable opportunity to get lost. Each spin offers a chance for escape, but what endows Berglund’s sophomore effort with the glow of a masterpiece is its accessibility. 

85
The 405

Like its predecessor, Wonderland creates unexpected combinations from instruments and vocal samples, but in a way that is slightly less accessible than White Magic. Similar to the likes of Animal Collective, it weeds out the ordinary pop listener to reward the fan devoted to deciphering its layers.

80
The Line of Best Fit

You’ll need repeated relistens to fathom what the holy mackerel is going on half the time, as the first few will be spent jaw agape and scratching your bonce. When you do break through the alienating honey-gloss, inside is fuzzy, gut-warming morsels of intimate pop.

80
Exclaim!

With no shortage of hooks and crescendos, Wonderland continues to revel in the spirit of TTA, demonstrating more greatness by this industry anomaly.

80
AllMusic

Wonderland sets and maintains a slowly unfolding, thoroughly involving mood that's easy to fall into thanks to the combination of honey-dipped melodies, Berglund's open-hearted vocals, twinkling synths, and gently rumbling beats.

80
Slant Magazine

On his second album, Wonderland, CEO (a.k.a. Swedish pop craftsman Eric Berglund) pursues a colorful vision that inhabits a space somewhere between MGMT's jungle-boogie psychedelia and Sufjan Stevens's heart-on-sleeve, tie-dyed pageantry.

75
Pitchfork

If Wonderland stops short of promising epiphanies, it's still as luxuriantly widescreen and eccentrically detail-rich as ever. At home with the inevitability of loss, it's an album where you can lose yourself.

75
Consequence of Sound

Though Berglund’s debut, White Magic, was more cohesive, lacking the ponderous, texture-heavy interludes, WONDERLAND has the colorful hooks, structure, and songcraft that make it more memorable.

70
No Ripcord
It’s a beautifully surreal listen, often cinematic in its special effects.
60
musicOMH

Throughout its short duration, he sporadically succeeds in taking you away on a magical trip. However, equally as often, you can be left befuddled by its airy weightless swirls that struggle to make a meaningful connection. 

60
NME

His taste for sonic jumble can be overwhelming – see the dayglo Dan Deacon clusterfuck of ‘Ultrakaos’ – but when he pulls things back, as on swoonworthy closer ‘OMG’, he just about justifies his toil. 

60
DIY

'Wonderland' is consistently surprising, refusing to abide by any rules besides its own loosely defined ones. It fits within its own logic, but no others, resulting in a succinct record that should be anything but. 

60
Tiny Mix Tapes

Wonderland isn’t a very good album, but it more than succeeds at being a mess. 

40
The Skinny

This record is a mess – both under-written and over-crowded, with CEO's CEO Eric Berglund seemingly determined to fit a series of square pegs into round holes.

Sep 9, 2014
Z.Younk
63
The details make this album. Intricate production is an understatement; though, Wonderland is definitely more prophetic in its production than its slightly underwhelming subject matter. A fun, energetic electronic psychedelic album that is sure to at least defy your expectations, if nothing else.
Mar 5, 2014
Creator R-Zita
95
A very colourfull and brightfull album with nice distorted vocals that combines with synthpop and electropop happy music!
Feb 6, 2014
60
Flat vocal excursions over synthpop horseriding.
Looking for adventure but mind your a..e.
Jan 30, 2014
Caffro
85
A very pretty set of electronic tracks that are as colourful and as vibrant as the album artwork. ceo is creating the same kinda vibe as the first album he dropped a few years ago, but with more emphasis on danceable and catchy beats.

One of the issues I have with the album is that feels more like an EP, a short but memorable burst of tracks. There's like 5 ideas for songs on here, and the rest are interludes or transitions. That being said, the album's atmosphere is just too ... read more


Added on: December 30, 2013