AOTY 2019

Mr. Wonderful

Action Bronson - Mr. Wonderful
Critic Score
Based on 17 reviews
2015 Ratings: #415 / 772
User Score
Based on 160 ratings
2015 Ratings: #463
March 24, 2015 / Release Date
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Vice / Atlantic / Label
Hip Hop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
HipHopDX

Mr. Wonderful isn’t everything for everybody, but it seems to belong completely to Bronson.

80
Spin
It's the rare rap album that actually rewards its mixtape following.
80
XXL
Unshaved, donned in sweatpants, and with a compelling major label debut to his credit, Action Bronson is appropriately attired as hip-hop’s latest star.
80
AllMusic

Benefiting from mixtapes like rock bands used to benefit from pre-debut tours, chef turned rapper Action Bronson is wonderfully loose and comfortable on his first full-length, the audaciously and aptly titled Mr. Wonderful.

80
Billboard

Mr. Wonderful doesn’t try to reinvent Bronson’s wheel, but label backing does provide a few high-profile connections.

75
Pretty Much Amazing

Self-aware in all of the right ways and delightfully crass in all of the wrong ones, Mr. Wonderful is ultimately a bit of a lark, but it is also far more enjoyable, far more self-aware, and far wittier than it needed to be.

75
Consequence of Sound
This is a dynamite album, which is to be expected from someone so prolific and well-liked, but it isn’t the best album Action could’ve made.
70
Exclaim!

The Queens rapper's long-awaited major label debut album, Mr. Wonderful, is still informed by the fantastic imagery and comedic charm that Bam Bam is acclaimed for, but it also shifts his emphasis slightly; here, Bronson is framed as a more serious artist focused on experimentation.

70
Rolling Stone
These sort of tight, referential bars have earned Bronson plenty of Ghostface Killah comparisons, but Bronson's major-label debut has a film-noir cool all his own — he's the hardboiled AMC drama to the Wu MC's exploitation flick.
70
Complex

Mr. Wonderful is a solid offering from a guy who consistently puts out quality music.

70
PopMatters

Flaws and all ... Mr. Wonderful is the musical manifestation of Bronson’s universe, from the shimmering soul of the first half to the prog-rock flavors of the second.

70
The 405

With Mr. Wonderful, Action Bronson delivers a punchy project with well balanced flow and production.

69
Paste

The production is the strength, and Bronson struggles with recreating the symbiosis of elements that flowed so effortlessly on previous projects.

63
Pitchfork

It is a grim and unfair reality, and on his major label debut album Mr. Wonderful, Queens jester Action Bronson more or less flips his middle finger at it—an admirable response, though ultimately unsuccessful.

60
FasterLouder

The record is disjointed, uniformly shambolic and irritating in its inconsistencies.

60
NOW Magazine

There's no denying Bronson is a supreme talent, but Mr. Wonderful feels more like a low-stakes failed experiment than a grand proclamation.

BruhMan
77
FAVORITE TRACKS: When I Rise, Terry, Actin Crazy, Baby Blue, Galactic Love & Easy Rider

LEAST FAVORITE: Only In America
exception
77
action bronson's personality shines through on his first major label album. the beats range from rock-samples and loops of various instruments (a large amount of pianos) to synths and the usual hip hop production of today. honestly this album gave me everything that i was expecting from action bronson: energy, clever lyricism, and something that stands out from the rest of the crowd.

fav tracks: actin crazy, a light in the attic, easy rider
GabrielDiablo
49
Average
9V
40
Fav. Track - Terry
CxAylward
45
this guy is corny n kinda gross
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Track List

  1. Brand New Car
  2. When I Rise [ft. Big Body Bes]
  3. Terry
  4. Actin Crazy
  5. Falconry [ft. Meyhem Lauren & Big Body Bes]
  6. THUG LOVE STORY 2017 THE MUSICAL (Interlude)
  7. A. City Boy Blues [ft. Chauncy Sherod]
  8. B. A Light in the Addict [ft. Party Supplies]
  9. C. Baby Blue [ft. Chance the Rapper]
  10. Only In America [ft. Party Supplies]
  11. Galactic Love
  12. The Road
  13. Easy Rider  
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